Hospices New to CAHPS: Hospice Survey Vendor Authorization Form Must be on File by July 15
June 27, 2016 11:00 AM
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced online that all hospices participating in the CAHPS Hospice Survey must authorize an approved CAHPS Hospice Survey vendor to submit data on the hospice’s behalf. Therefore, a CAHPS Hospice Survey Vendor Authorization Form must be completed and submitted. If the CAHPS Hospice Survey Project Team has not received this form from the hospice and a survey vendor attempts to submit the hospice’s survey data, the submission will be rejected by the CAHPS Hospice Survey Data Warehouse. In order for submission of CAHPS Hospice Survey data for Quarter 1 2016 and forward to be accepted, the hospice must have a CAHPS Hospice Survey Vendor Authorization Form on file with the RAND Corporation. If a hospice has not previously submitted the CAHPS Hospice Survey Vendor Authorization Form, the hospice must do so by July 15, 2016.
The CAHPS Hospice Survey Vendor Authorization Form must be signed and dated in the presence of a notary public, notarized, and sent to the RAND Corporation. Please refer to the Technical Specifications page of the CAHPS Hospice Survey Web site to download the form. Please note that once your organization authorizes a survey vendor, it is not necessary to provide additional notification unless your organization chooses to de-authorize its survey vendor.
If you are unsure if your organization has met this requirement, please contact the CAHPS Hospice Survey Project Team (hospicecahpssurvey@HCQIS.org or 1-844-472-4621) or your survey vendor.