Hospice Quality Updates – Deadline Tomorrow!
August 16, 2017 05:41 PM
Thursday, August 17 IS THE DEADLINE for Submitting Reconsiderations on Non-Compliance Letters for Hospice Quality Reporting Program: CMS provided notifications to hospices determined to be non-compliant with Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) requirements for calendar year (CY) 2016, which will affect their fiscal year (FY) 2018 Annual Payment Update (APU). Non-compliance letters were dated and sent both by United States Postal Service (USPS) and via the QIES - Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting (CASPER) system on July 18, 2017. The CASPER letter also identifies why the provider is non-compliant. Please check your CASPER folder to determine if your hospice received this letter.
Any hospice determined to be non-compliant with the HQRP requirements may be subject to a two (2) percentage point reduction in their APU. Every hospice that is non-compliant with their HQRP requirements received notification on July 18, 2017, and the 30 day period for submitting a request for reconsideration to CMS started on July 18, 2017 and ends on August 17, 2017.
Hospices that receive a letter of non-compliance may submit a request for reconsideration to CMS via email no later than 11:59pm PST, August 17, 2017. Failure to submit a request for reconsideration by the deadline means you accept that your hospice is non-compliant with HQRP requirements.
If you receive a notice of non-compliance and would like to request a reconsideration, see the instructions in your notification letter and on the Hospice Reconsideration Requests webpage.
REMINDER: A Reporting Hospice Quality Data - Tips for Compliance Call is scheduled for Wednesday, September 20, 2017, from 1:30 to 3 pm ET
During this call, learn more about Hospice Quality Reporting Program requirements. Find out how to be compliant and successfully submit Hospice Item Set (HIS) data and the Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey in the next reporting year. A question and answer session follows the presentation.
• HIS and CAHPS® submission requirements
• Reasons for noncompliance and how to address them
• Timelines for data submission and compliance determinations
• Resources for success, including how to access important websites and helpdesks
Click here to register.