Updated Hospice Current Measures and New Quality Measure (QM) Specifications User’s Manual

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

Version 1.00 of the HQRP QM Specifications User’s Manual and updated Current Measures document are now available. These documents detail the four HQRP measures that meet the HQRP requirements. They are the HIS Comprehensive Assessment at Admission (NQF# 3235); the claims-based Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life; the claims-based Hospice Care Index; and the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Hospice Survey. The documents are available in the Downloads section of the Current Measures webpage.

These changes were finalized in the FY 2022 Hospice Final Rule, which published on August 4, 2021.

Beneath this graphic on the Current Measures landing page are the specifications for each of the 4 measures – description, numerator, denominator, exclusions, type, etc.

The direct link to the Current Measures is Current Measures_Oct_2021 (PDF). The direct link to the HQRP User’s Manual is HQRP QM Users Manual V1.00_Oct_2021 (PDF).