2015 is HERE... and so is the Hospice Item Set... Still!
Language, such as that on the NHPCO's website describing the HIS "data collection period" as July 1st - December 31st, 2014, and a CMS Fact Sheet that directs providers to "collect HIS data for all patient admissions July 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014" is leaving some providers thinking that required use of the Hospice Item Set is over. NOT the case, friends! Despite thoughts (wishes?) to the contrary, HIS reporting continues to be required by CMS.
The confusion may stem from the fact that July 1 - December 31st, 2014 represents the "first reporting cycle" for HIS. HIS data submission during this first six months will determine a provider's compliance with HQRP requirements for FY 2016 payment impact (October 1, 2015 - September 30, 2016). Eligible hospices must have submitted HIS data during this first reporting cycle to avoid a 2-percentage point reduction in their Annual Payment Update for FY 2016.
The Hospice Final Payment Rule reads: To meet the quality reporting requirements for hospices for the FY 2016 payment determination and each subsequent year, we will require regular and ongoing electronic submission of the HIS data for each patient admission to hospice on or after July 1, 2014, regardless of payer or patient age.
So... in addition to hitting the gym, going green, and flossing more; add continue HIS collection and reporting to your list of New Year's Resolutions. Your bottom line will be glad you did!
Consider joining us for a practical one-day Hospice Item Set workshop "Simplifying HIS". Details and locations can be found at oasisanswers.com.
Linda Krulish, PT MHS COS-C
President, OASIS Answers, Inc.