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…… Continue reading Recent Hospice Updates 

HQRP Quarterly Update for 2nd Quarter of 2022 is Available 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP  Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Hospice Quarterly Update for the second quarter of 2022 is now available. This update includes Hospice Quality Reporting Program highlights from April 2022 to June 2022, events and engagement opportunities for the third quarter of 2022 (July – September 2022), and selected questions and answers…… Continue reading HQRP Quarterly Update for 2nd Quarter of 2022 is Available 

Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Hospice Payment Rate Update Final Rule (CMS-1773-F) 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Today (July 27, 2022), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule (CMS-1773-F). For the Hospice Quality Reporting Program, the final rule provides an update on the development of a patient assessment instrument, titled Hospice Outcomes and Patient Evaluation (HOPE). This…… Continue reading Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Hospice Payment Rate Update Final Rule (CMS-1773-F) 

HOPE BETA Test Recruitment 

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS and their contractor, Abt Associates, are recruiting additional Medicare-certified hospice providers to participate in a beta test of the draft hospice patient assessment instrument called Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE). Recruitment is ongoing. Training will occur mid-July 2022, with data collection slated to…… Continue reading HOPE BETA Test Recruitment 

Hospice Care Index Technical Report Now Available  

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Hospice Care Index (HCI) Technical Report is now available. This report provides descriptive analyses and detailed contextual information about the new HCI quality measure. Please navigate to the Downloads section of the Current Measures webpage to access this report. The direct link to the 72-page…… Continue reading Hospice Care Index Technical Report Now Available  

Important Updates on the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Swingtech sends informational messages to hospices related to the Quality Reporting Program (QRP) on a quarterly basis. Their latest outreach communication can be found on the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices webpage. If you want to receive Swingtech’s quarterly emails, then add or update the email…… Continue reading Important Updates on the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP)

Hospice QRP Care Compare Quarterly Refresh – May 2022  

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP  Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The May 2022 quarterly refresh for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program is now available on Care Compare. Hospice Item Set (HIS), Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Hospice Survey, and Claims-based measure scores exclude Quarter 1 and Quarter 2 of calendar year 2020. In…… Continue reading Hospice QRP Care Compare Quarterly Refresh – May 2022  

HQRP Quarterly Update for 1st Quarter of 2022 is Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Hospice Quarterly Update for the first quarter of 2022 is now available. This update includes Hospice Quality Reporting Program highlights from January 2022 to March 2022, events and engagement opportunities for the second quarter of 2022 (April – June 2022), and selected questions and answers…… Continue reading HQRP Quarterly Update for 1st Quarter of 2022 is Available

Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum Rescheduled

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Just 2 days ago, I reported this Open Door Forum scheduled for tomorrow – April 7th.  This morning, CMS has notified providers that it has been rescheduled: **THIS HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO APRIL 20TH, 2:00PM – 3:00PM.** The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door…… Continue reading Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum Rescheduled

Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum: April 7, 2022

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Thursday, April 7, 2022, PM at 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET). Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time. **This Agenda is Subject to Change** Opening Remarks Chair –…… Continue reading Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum: April 7, 2022