Home Health & Hospice

Q: How does the 2014 hospice proposed rule affect quality reporting?

Homecare Insider, May 20, 2013

Q: How does the 2014 hospice proposed rule affect quality reporting?

A: Hospices began reporting quality data in 2013. For the FY 2014 payment determination, hospices reported two measures: the NQF #0209/pain management measure and the structural measure on participation in a Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) program.

The proposed rule solicits comments on the elimination of these two currently reported quality measures beginning with the 2016 payment determination and to replace these two with other measures.

For the 2016 payment determination, CMS proposes the implementation of a standardized patient-level data collection instrument called the Hospice Item Set (HIS). The measures in the HIS address multiple important aspects of hospice patient care. Hospices would be required to complete the HIS at admission and discharge on all patients admitted to hospice starting July 1, 2014. HIS data submission would affect the payment determination for 2016.

A link to the proposed rule, which was published in the Federal Register, is available here.
 

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