Open Door Forum: Heavy Focus on Proposed Hospice Changes
On May 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, and DMEPOS Open Door Forum, during which the following issues in hospice and home health care were discussed:
Hospice Quality Reporting Program
The deadlines for 2013 submission of quality measures collected during the fourth quarter of 2012 - the hospice Structural Measure and NQF0209 Pain Measure - have now passed. Providers that failed to meet either the Structural Measure or Pain Measure deadlines - January 31 and April 1, 2013, respectively - may be subject to a 2 percent reduction off their FY2014 market basket increase.
Hospices should have continued to collect data related to the Pain Measure for 2014 submission. There will be a single deadline - April 1, 2014 - for reporting of the Structural and Pain Measures collected during 2013. Failure to report CY2013 data by deadline will affect the FY2015 payment cycle resulting in 2 percent reduction in market basket. Relative to the Structural Measure, hospices will no longer be required to submit the checklist of measures they use as part of their QAPI programs effective with the April 2014 reporting. Hospices will only be required to answer the questions related to their QAPI measures.