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CMS Updates HOSPICE CAHPS Website Postings

Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2015 8:52 AM

CMS has posted the following items on its CAHPS Hospice Survey webpage: Updated: Approved Vendor List The CAHPS Hospice Survey Approved Vendor List has been updated. To view a list of approved CAHPS Hospice Survey vendors, please follow this link:  Approved Vendor List. CAHPS Hospice Survey XML File Specification Version 1.2 Now Available The CAHPS Hospice Survey XML File Specification Version 1.2 (V1.2) is now available for download. The XML File Specification V1.2 will replace V1.0 and apply to data collected beginning with January 1, 2015 decedents/caregivers (Quarter 1 2015) and forward. To access the file specification, please follow this link: Technical Specifications. Updates have been made to the CAHPS Hospice Survey Quality Assurance Guidelines V1.0 Technical Corrections and Clarifications Document  An updated CAHPS Hospice Survey technical corrections and clarifications to the CAHPS Hospice Survey Quality Assurance Guidelines V1.0 document is now available. The document includes the following technical corrections and clarifications:
  • Revision to “Survey Vendor Analysis of CAHPS Hospice Survey Data” guidance
  • Updates to the XML File Specifications V1.2, including:
  • Requiring “NPI” field
  • Requiring “Facility Name” field
  • Revising the submission requirements for Data Elements in the Hospice Record
  • Revising the Description for the Data Element “Sample Size”
  • Revising the Valid Values for the Data Element “Admission Year”
  • Revising the Valid Values for the Data Element “Primary Diagnosis”
This document may be accessed by clicking here. FY 2016 Hospice Final Rule CMS issued a final rule to update the Medicare hospice wage index and Medicare hospice payment rates for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 on August 6, 2015. For more information, please click here. Click here to read more.

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