Hospice Reminder: Continue to Submit HIS Data as part of HQRP Requirements
January 9, 2015 07:27 AM
December 31, 2014 marked the close of the FY 2016 data collection cycle for the Hospice Item Set (HIS). For the FY 2016 data collection cycle, hospices were required to report HIS data - and HIS-Admission and HIS-Discharge record - for each patient admission to their hospice from July 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.
HIS data submission for patient admissions occurring between July 1 and December 31, 2014 will be used by CMS to determine Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) compliance requirements for the FY 2016 Annual Payment Update (APU) determination.
Hospice providers should continue to complete and submit HIS records for patient admissions occurring after December 31, 2014. Patient admissions occurring January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 will impact the FY 2017 APU determination.
For more on the importance on submitting HQRP data to CMS, please see NAHC Report, September 16, 2014. That article emphasizes the importance of submitting data, as well as details the methodology, analysis and survey findings from CMS’ 2013 data and how it affected the FY 2015 payment year.
For more information on HIS requirements, please visit the “Hospice Item Set (HIS)” portion of the CMS HQRP website here, or contact the Quality HelpDesk at: HospiceQualityQuestions@cms.hhs.gov