Notice to Hospices Failing Quality Reporting Requirements to be Mailed by June 29
June 22, 2016 11:18 AM
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that by June 29, 2016, it expects to have mailed notifications to hospices that are not in compliance with Hospice Quality Reporting requirements for calendar year 2015, which will impact payments during fiscal year 2017. For CY 2015 (FY 2017) and after, CMS considers both Hospice Item Set (HIS) and Hospice CAHPS® survey data from January 1 through December 31 to determine the Annual Payment Update (APU) compliance threshold. If you receive a notice of non-compliance, you have the opportunity to submit a request for reconsideration on quality data submissions affecting your FY 2017 APU. See the instructions in your notification letter and on the Reconsideration Requests webpage.
Hospices should also note that CMS plans to publish online a list of hospice providers that have met the quality reporting requirements. This publication will take place later this summer (after any reconsideration requests have been given full consideration). The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will keep hospice providers informed of further developments in this area via NAHC Report and the NAHC member listserv.