Issue: Quality Reporting

Question: Can home health agencies stop submitting the OASIS/HHCAHPS?

Answer: Home health agencies are not required to submit the OASIS or the HHCAHPS for quality reporting purposes for the time period outlined below. However, the OASIS must still be on file in order for the claim to be paid. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting the quality reporting submission exception as follows:

  • Home Health Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) survey data from January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020 (Q1-Q2)
  • OASIS Q1-Q2 (Jan-Jun 2020) does not need to be submitted to CMS for quality reporting program purposes. The OASIS still needs to be submitted before the final claim for payment purposes.

*Agencies may voluntarily submit data during this time. NAHC has reached out to CMS to clarify if agencies voluntarily submitting during this time will have their voluntary submissions counted in the timeliness compliance calculation used for the 2% Annual Payment Update (APU) penalty.

Please see additional information here.

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Question: Can hospice agencies stop submitting the HIS/CAHPS Hospice Survey?

Answer: Hospices are not required to submit the HIS or the CAHPS Hospice Survey for quality reporting purposes for the time period outlined below.

  • Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS Hospice Survey) survey data from January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020 (Q1-Q2) does not need to be submitted to CMS.
  • HIS Q1-Q2 (Jan-Jun 2020) does not need to be submitted to CMS for quality reporting program purposes.

*Agencies may voluntarily submit data during this time. NAHC has reached out to CMS to clarify if agencies voluntarily submitting during this time will have their voluntary submissions counted in the timeliness compliance calculation used for the 2% Annual Payment Update (APU) penalty.

Please see additional information here.