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Inaugural Release of Hospice Compare Website

OASIS Answers - Thursday, August 17, 2017




On August 16, 2017, CMS unveiled the new Hospice Compare website. The site displays information in a ready to use format and provides a snapshot of the quality of care each hospice provides to its patients. CMS works diligently to make healthcare quality information more transparent and understandable for consumers and is committed to helping individuals make informed healthcare decisions for themselves and their families based on objective measures of quality.

The Hospice Compare site allows patients, family members, caregivers, and healthcare providers to compare hospice providers based on important quality metrics, such as the percentage of patients that were screened for pain or difficult or uncomfortable breathing, or whether patients’ preferences are being met. Currently, the data on Hospice Compare is based on information submitted by approximately 3,876 hospices.

The next refresh will take place in Winter 2018.

To view the new website, please visit https://www.medicare.gov/hospicecompare/

The Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers & Systems (CAHPS®) Hospice survey information will be displayed during a subsequent quarterly data update in winter 2018.

Prior to the inaugural release of data on Hospice Compare, hospices were given the opportunity to review their quality measure results during a 30-day preview period using a Hospice Provider Preview Report, which was issued by CMS.

The purpose of these reports is to give hospices the opportunity to review their quality measure results on each quality measure prior to public display on Hospice Compare. Reports can be accessed via Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) application, which is accessible from a Hospice’s “Welcome to the CMS QIES Systems for Providers” page.

For Preview Report access instructions, please visit: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/Downloads/Hospice-Provider-Preview-Report-Access-Instructions.pdf

 If you have difficulty accessing your report after review of these instructions, please contact the QTSO HelpDesk at help@qtso.com


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Home Health Proposed Rule – Open for Public Comment

OASIS Answers - Tuesday, July 25, 2017




The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Home Health Proposed Rule for calendar year (CY) 2018 has been posted at https://federalregister.gov/d/2017-15825

This proposed rule outlines the CMS planned changes to the home health payment system and quality initiatives including Home Health Value-Based Purchasing (HHVBP), the home health quality measures and OASIS.  CMS is now accepting public comments on these proposed changes through September 25, 2017.

You may submit comments electronically at http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the “Advanced Search” link.

We encourage all home health agencies and stakeholders to read this proposal and provide CMS with your questions and valuable insights.


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Public Comment Open until June 26th for PAC Standardized Assessment Data

OASIS Answers - Thursday, May 18, 2017



The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with RAND to develop standardized assessment-based data items to meet the requirements as set forth under the IMPACT Act of 2014. If adopted, these standardized data collection items would be used in the post-acute care (PAC) settings of home health, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long term care hospitals, and skilled nursing facilities.

As part of its data element development process, CMS requests interested parties to submit comments on the data elements that are under considered for this project. CMS is accepting public comment on data elements that meet the IMPACT Act domains of: cognitive function and mental status; medical conditions and co-morbidities; impairments; medication reconciliation; and care preferences. Information on the items under consideration can be found in the document “Development and Maintenance of Post-Acute Care Cross-Setting Standardized Assessment Data RAND IMPACT

You may submit general comments on the entire set of data elements or you may provide comments specific to individual data elements. Send your comments to impactpubliccomment@rand.org or to: RAND Corporation, 20 Park Plaza, 9th Floor, Suite 920, Boston, MA 02116. Attn: Noreen Khan, Mailstop: BN-1

Comments are due by June 26, 2017 by 11:59pm ET.

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