Hospice Quality Updates and Deadline Reminders
August 5, 2016 09:00 AM
May 10 Hospice QRP Webinar -- Post-Training Materials Available: Post-training materials from the May 10 HQRP webinar are now available under the download section of the Hospice QRP Training webpage. These include the PowerPoint presentation with answers to polling scenarios and a Q&A document. A recording of the webinar is posted on YouTube.
This webinar details HQRP submission requirements including the HIS- related and Hospice CAHPS requirements, provides useful insights into how to download and use the Hospice Final Validation Reports and other Certification And Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) reports available to providers, and assists providers in understanding how to interpret error messages and correct errors. It also includes a demonstration of the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) system.
Hospice Item Set (HIS) Notices
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted several new and updated resources online related to the Hospice Item Set (HIS):
Question and Answer (Q+A) Document for the Second Quarter of 2016 Now Available: A new Question and Answer (Q+A) documentis now available in the “Downloads” portion of the HIS webpage. The Q+A document reflects frequently asked Hospice Item Set (HIS) related questions that were received by the Quality Help Desk during the second quarter (April-June) of 2016. This document also contains quarterly updates and events from the second quarter as well as upcoming updates for the next quarter.
Timeliness Compliance Threshold Fact Sheet: An updated version of the Timeliness Compliance Threshold Fact Sheetis now available in the “Downloads” portion of the HIS webpage. This updated fact sheets contains information on the new Hospice Timeliness Compliance Threshold Report, which is a CASPER report that allows providers to check their preliminary compliance with the 70/80/90 compliance threshold.
Latest Version HQRP QM User’s Manual: CMS has also posted the latest version of the HQRP QM User’s Manual in the Downloads section of the Current Measures page. For a direct link to the document, please go here.
Hospice CAHPS Notices
2016 CAHPS Hospice Survey Training: The 2016 CAHPS Hospice Survey Training will be conducted on September 28, 2016, so please mark your calendars! Additional details related to the upcoming training will be posted on the CAHPS Hospice Survey Web site (www.hospicecahpssurvey.org) closer to the scheduled training date.
REMINDER: CAHPS Hospice Survey Participation Exemption for Size Form Deadline is August 10! Hospices that are too small are exempted from participation in the CAHPS Hospice Survey. Hospices that served fewer than 50 survey-eligible decedents/caregivers during calendar year (CY) 2015 (January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015) can apply for an exemption for the CY 2016 CAHPS Hospice Survey data collection and reporting requirements (associated with the fiscal year [FY] 2018 annual payment update [APU]). The Participation Exemption for Size Form will be available to complete online until August 10, 2016. This form is required to be submitted for the FY 2018 APU if a hospice is to be eligible for the exemption for size. Exemptions for size are active FOR ONE YEAR ONLY! For additional information, please go here.
REMINDER: CAHPS Hospice Survey Quarter 1 2016 Data Submission Deadline is August 10! The deadline for survey vendors to submit CAHPS Hospice Survey Quarter 1 2016 (patient deaths in January, February and March 2016) data is August 10, 2016. Survey vendors are responsible for successfully submitting files by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on August 10, 2016. Additional information is available here.