Hospice CAHPS Updates: Revisions to Quality Assurance Guidelines and Exemption for Size Process/Form
January 8, 2015 01:07 PM
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued new materials related to the Hospice CAHPS program, including a document containing technical corrections and clarifications to the Hospice CAHPS quality assurance guidelines, as well as the form and process information that hospices must use to apply for an exemption from participation in the Hospice CAHPS program for CY2015 based on size. Additional information is provided below:
CAHPS Hospice Survey Quality Assurance Guidelines V1.0 Technical Corrections and
Clarifications has been Revised: A revised CAHPS Hospice Survey technical corrections and clarifications to the CAHPS Hospice Survey Quality Assurance Guidelines V1.0 document (December 2014) has been posted. This document is available here.
HOSPICE CAHPS Participation Exemption for Size Process/Form now available: The Participation Exemption for Size process has been created to provide hospices that have fewer than 50 survey-eligible decedents/caregivers in the reference year a means to request an exemption from participation in the CAHPS Hospice Survey. For the calendar year (CY) 2015 data collection period, Medicare-certified hospices that have served fewer than 50 survey-eligible decedents/caregivers in CY 2014 (January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014) can apply for an exemption from CAHPS Hospice Survey CY 2015 data collection and reporting requirements. To request consideration for the survey exemption for CY 2015, hospices must submit a Participation Exemption for Size Form.
This form is now available on the CAHPS Hospice Survey Web site (www.hospicecahpssurvey.org) and must be submitted by August 12, 2015.
Hospices are encouraged to submit this form online via the CAHPS Hospice Survey Web site as soon as possible.
Please note:exemptions on the basis of size are active for one year only. If a hospice remains eligible for this exemption in subsequent years, the organization will need to again request the exemption. It is anticipated that the Participation Exemption for Size Form for the CY 2016 data collection period will be available in January 2016.