Hospice Quality Updates Include Posting of New HIS Specs and Harvey Disaster Exceptions/Exemptions
September 13, 2017 03:56 PM
Over recent days the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued numerous hospice quality updates, including notices related to the following issues:
FINAL VERSION HIS SUBMISSION SPECS, EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2018
CY 2017 HOSPICE CAHPS PARTICIPATION EXEMPTION FOR SIZE FORM
HURRICANE HARVEY DISASTER EXCEPTIONS/EXEMPTIONS
Additional information is posted below.
Final Version HIS Specs: On September 5, CMS posted the final version of the Hospice Item Set (HIS) data submission specifications (v2.01.1) in the downloads section of the HIS Technical Information webpage. This version of the specifications will go into effect on April 1, 2018. There have been no additional changes since Errata V2.01.1. This version of the data specifications consists of the following files:
Hospice data specs overview (v2.01.1) FINAL 08-15-2017.pdf
Hospice data dictionary (v2.01.1) FINAL 08-15-2017.zip
Hospice data specs CSV files (v2.01.1) FINAL 08-15-2017.zip
Hospice data specs HTML files (v2.01.1) FINAL 08-15-2017.zip
Hospice data specs PDF files (v2.01.1) FINAL 08-15-2017.zip
These files are contained in a single ZIP file named “Hospice Data Specs (v2.01.1) FINAL 08-15-2017.zip”.
REMINDER: CY 2017 Participation Exemption for Size Form Available: As a reminder, the Participation Exemption for Size Form for the calendar year (CY) 2017 CAHPS Hospice Survey data collection and reporting requirements is available to complete and submit on the CAHPS Hospice Survey Web site (www.hospicecahpssurvey.org). Hospices that served fewer than 50 survey-eligible decedents/caregivers in CY 2016 (January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016 [or from assignment of CCN]) can apply for an exemption from participation in the CAHPS Hospice Survey for CY 2017. The Participation Exemption for Size Form will be available to complete and submit online until December 31, 2017.
Please note: Exemptions on the basis of size are active for one year only. If a hospice continues to meet the eligibility requirements for this exemption in subsequent years, the organization will need to again request the exemption.
If a hospice has questions regarding the Participation Exemption for Size process or how to complete the Participation Exemption for Size Form, please contact the CAHPS Hospice Survey Project Team: hospicecahpssurvey@HCQIS.org or 1-844-472-4621.
To view or complete the Participation Exemption for Size Form, please click HERE.
Hurricane Harvey - Disaster Exceptions/Exemptions for Medicare Certified Providers Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding: CMS has granted exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to acute care hospitals, PPS-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, outpatient dialysis facilities, long-term care hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers located in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey due to the devastating impact of the storm. These providers will be granted exceptions without having to submit an extraordinary circumstances exception request if they are located in one of the Texas counties or Louisiana parishes, all of which have been designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a major disaster county.
The scope and duration of the exception under each Medicare quality reporting program is described in the memo posted on 8-31-17, however, all of the exceptions are being granted to assist these providers while they direct their resources toward caring for their patients and repairing structural damages to facilities.
For hospice providers, CMS is granting an exception to all Quality Reporting Program (QRP) reporting requirements, including the reporting of data on measures and any other data requested by CMS for the post-acute care (PAC) quality reporting programs for calendar year 2017 quarters 2 and 3 under the Hospice Quality Reporting Program.
CMS will provide additional information about the extension and exceptions related to the PAC QRP submission requirements in subsequent announcements.
If FEMA expands the current disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey to include additional counties or parishes, CMS will update the above-referenced memo to expand the list of providers eligible to receive an exception without submitting a request to include the hospitals, PPS-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers located in the additional counties and parishes.
In addition, CMS will continue to monitor the situation and adjust exempted reporting periods and submission deadlines accordingly.
Additional details and materials are available on the Hurricane page and the Hospice Extensions and Exemptions Request webpage. Please check back frequently for updates.