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NAHC Report: Issue# 2506, 9/12/2014
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Hospice Quality Reporting Program Update
New Report on HQRP Data

Earlier this year hospices submitted data to CMS on two quality measures that impacted the 2015 payment year.  Specifically, hospices had to submit data on two measures – a structural measure and the NQF #209 pain measure – by April 1, 2014.  The data was collected by the hospices during calendar year 2013.  On August 18, 2014 CMS released the analysis of this data, Hospice Quality Reporting Program Fiscal Year 2015 Reporting Cycle Data Analysis.  Approximately 3500 hospices submitted and attested to the data for both measures.  

Nearly 100% of hospices answered “yes” to the only structural measure question: “Does your QAPI program contain 3 or more patient care related quality indicators?”  This is consistent with the prior year’s response.

The NQF #0209 measures the percentage of patients who report being uncomfortable because of pain at the initial assessment and who report that pain was brought to a comfortable level within 48 hours.

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Home Care Approach to Dementia
The following article was written by Jette Hogenmiller and Nicole Brackett

In recent years, there has been far more awareness of the challenges affecting the millions coping with some form of dementia and the need to improve their quality of life. Thanks to the interest that visibility has created, new comprehensive memory and care approaches are being developed for people now living with dementia.

The number of people diagnosed with dementias, such as Alzheimer’s disease, is increasing every year. As it grows, there is more demand for services to support these people and their family members. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, of the more than 5 million people diagnosed with the disease in 2013, an estimated 800,000 live alone in their home.1 Home care is uniquely suited to help meet the needs of those with dementia and specialized, person-centered memory care provides vital benefits for these individuals and their families.

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CAHPS Hospice Survey Vendor Training October 7, 2014

CAHPS Hospice Survey Vendor Training will be conducted on October 7, 2014 via webinar.

This training will be offered one time and is designed for “Conditionally Approved” survey vendors who must attend this training. There are no fees associated with this training. More details regarding agenda topics will be posted closer to the training date.

Hospice providers interested in attending the CAHPS Hospice Survey Vendor Training, should submit a request for a Registration Form via the CAHPS Hospice Survey Technical Assistance email

President & Chief Executive Officer

Strong Home Care Group, Inc. (SHCG) is the sole member of the certified agency Visiting Nurse Service of Rochester and Monroe County, Inc. (VNS) and of the licensed agency Signature Care (VNSC). In turn, VNS is the sole member of the licensed agency Finger Lakes Visiting Nurse Service, Inc. (FLVNS) and the licensed agency Finger Lakes Home Care, Inc. (FLHC). The combined agencies serve seven (7) counties  

Job Description:  Strong Home Care Group, Inc. seeks a dynamic, strategic, and visionary leader for the five corporations.  The President and CEO is accountable for assuring that home and community-based services meet the strategic needs of UR Medicine and aspire to set national benchmarks for patient outcomes, patient satisfaction and cost efficiency. 


  • Master’s degree in a health-related or business field. Must have 5-10 years of progressive experience in leadership management. 
  • Experience within a health system and/or academic medical center.
  • Demonstrated success as a visionary thinker with the ability to plan for the future and to execute action plans.
  • Expert knowledge of the home care and health industry. 
  • Knowledge of regulatory and The Joint Commission accreditation requirements.

Qualified candidates please send resume to:

Human Resources
2180 Empire Blvd.
Webster, NY 14580

Fax: 585-787-8369


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