CMS Takes First Step in Public Reporting for Hospice with Online Hospice Data Directory
Hospices Urged to Check Accuracy of Information
June 15, 2016 08:59 AM
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced earlier this year as part of the FY2017 Proposed Hospice Rule and again during a recent Open Door Forum that as a first step in public reporting of hospice quality data it would post online a Hospice Data Directory providing the Hospice Agency dataset, which contains a list of all hospices certified by Medicare and high-level demographic data for each agency. The Hospice Data Directory is now available here, and contains the following agency data:
CMS Certification Number (CCN)
Date of original CMS certification
Please note that the Hospice Data Directory does not include any quality data.
Notice to Hospice Providers: All of the information in the Hospice Data Directory comes from the CMS Automated Survey Processing Environment (ASPEN). If your agency’s data is not listed in the database, is incorrect, or has changed, contact your Regional Office (RO) Coordinator. A RO Coordinators list is also included with the Hospice Data Directory.
CMS referenced the Hospice Data Directory as first step taken to publicly provide reported hospice data so that stakeholders can identify and locate hospices in a sortable, easy-to-use format. In addition to the new Hospice Data Directory, CMS is actively developing a CMS Hospice Compare site, which it expects to complete sometime in mid-2017. The CMS Hospice Compare site will provide valuable information regarding the quality of care provided by Medicare-certified hospice agencies by reporting the eligible Hospice Item Set (HIS) quality measures for each agency. To help providers prepare for public reporting, CMS will offer opportunities for stakeholder engagement and education prior to the release of the CMS Hospice Compare site. For additional information, regarding plans for publicly reporting hospice data please refer to the FY 2017 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements Proposed Rule.