Recent Hospice Updates 

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

On July 26, 2022, the National Quality Forum (NQF) endorsed the claims-based measure, Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life, or HVLDL as NQF #3645. NQF is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization that facilitates an evidence- and consensus-based approach to endorsing quality measures. HVLDL reflects the proportion of hospice patients who received in-person visits from a registered nurse or a medical social worker on at least 2 of the final 3 days of life. HVLDL is the re-specified measure replacing the HIS-based Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent (HVWDII). Public reporting for HVLDL will begin in August 2022 and will replace public reporting of HVWDII.

More information, including a link to the NQF website, can be found on the HQRP Quality Measure Development webpage.

HQRP: Hospice Care Index Measure (HCI) Informational Video

CMS is proud to introduce a video describing the Hospice Care Index (HCI) measure. This video provides an overview of the new HCI claims-based measure, which combines several quality indicators into a single index score that patients and families can readily use to compare their hospice options. With the inclusion of this measure, the Medicare Hospice Quality Reporting Program offers patients, families, and caregivers a more comprehensive and holistic view when making decisions about hospice care. 

You can access the video here:

HQRP Explanatory Video

CMS has released a new video resource providing an overview of the HQRP. The video introduces the purpose of the HQRP, how data is collected for use in HQRP, and the quality measures included in HQRP. You can access the video on the CMS YouTube channel here: