CMS Provides Hospice Quality Reporting Program Quarterly Update    

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the quarterly Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Update for the first quarter of 2020.

This update reviews the HQRP reporting requirements and provides an update on the HOPE (Hospice Outcome and Patient Evaluation) instrument as well as links to HQRP information that was distributed during the last quarter of 2019 and first quarter of 2020.

It also includes an updated Timeliness Compliance Threshold Report Fact Sheet, webinar recordings, and HQRP recordings.

CMS notes that, as a result of the current Public Health Emergency (PHE), it has granted an exemption to the HQRP reporting requirements. Medicare-certified hospices are exempt from the reporting of data on measures, Hospice Item Set (HIS) data and Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) surveys, required for calendar years (CYs) 2019 and 2020 for the following quarters. For HIS, the quarters are based on submission of HIS admission or discharge assessments. For CAHPS, the quarters are based on patient deaths in 2019 and 2020.