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NAHC Report: Issue# 2254, 8/15/2013
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CMS Releases Updated Hospice Quality Reporting Program Information
Executive Director of the National Council on Independent Living Writes Op/Ed Article on the Companionship Exemption
For Your Information: Andrea L. Devoti, NAHC Board Chair invites you to join her at the NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition on Oct. 31 – Nov. 3 in Washington, DC
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CMS Releases Updated Hospice Quality Reporting Program Information

On August 13, 2013 CMS posted Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) training materials and results from the analysis of the NQF #0209 data that was submitted by hospices to the HQRP webpage

Training materials posted include:

  • HQRP General Information Fact Sheet
  • Fact Sheet FY2015 Reporting Cycle
  • User Guide for Data Collection FY2015 Reporting Cycle
  • Training Slides for Data Collection FY2015 Reporting Cycle

Results from the analysis of the NQF #0209 are based on measure data collected at three time points – the voluntary reporting period, the pilot test of the HIS (Hospice Item Set), and data submitted by hospices for mandatory reporting in 2013. 

Findings indicate that there were significant discrepancies in data collection as well as in the crosswalk between hospice patient assessments and the data elements included in the HIS.  Data analysis also revealed an unexpectedly high rate of patient exclusion from the measure.  Exclusion was primarily related to a high number of patients unable to self-report, and patients not reporting pain on admission.  CMS has indicated it will not include the current NQF #0209 measure in the HQRP beyond payment year 2015. 

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Andrea L. Devoti, NAHC Board Chair invites you to join her at the NAHC Annual Meeting & Exposition on Oct. 31 – Nov. 3 in Washington, DC

Andrea L. Devoti, NAHC’s Chairman of the Board, invites all NAHC members to join her at NAHC’s Annual Meeting & Exposition October 31 – November 3 in Washington, DC. Ms. Devoti emphasized how important attending this year’s Annual Meeting is in a video released earlier this week.

In the video, Ms. Devot states that, “we have so many battles we’re fighting…We need to be here and make our voices loud and heard…So please join me in Washington October 31 – November 3. We’re going to have a great time and we’re going to make a lot of noise.”

Register today to join Andrea Devoti, Val J. Halamandaris, NAHC staff, your peers and colleagues at this year’s Annual Meeting & Exposition in Washington, DC.

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Executive Director of the National Council on Independent Living Writes Op/Ed Article on the Companionship Exemption

Kelly Buckland, Executive Director of the National Council on Independent Living, recently wrote an opinion piece on the companionship exemption that was published on July 29, 2013 in The Washington Examiner.

In her article, Ms. Buckland states that the proposed change to the companionship exemption:

“Will sharply increase the costs of in-home services, force people with disabilities to bring multiple people into their homes, reduce the availability of family and friend attendants and cut the take home pay of attendants…”

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