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Hospice Quality Updates

Posted on Thursday, September 24, 2015 2:48 PM

There are new updates of interest to hospices pertaining to the Hospice Item Set (HIS) and the Hospice CAHPS survey and survey process. The HIS completion and submission requirements became mandatory in 2014 and the CAHPS hospice survey became mandatory on April 1, 2015. Hospices are required to have an approved vendor for the CAHPS survey, but not for the HIS. However, a hospice may choose to work with a vendor in completion of the HIS-Admission and HIS-Discharge.  For both the HIS and CAHPS hospice survey, regardless of whether the hospice is working with a vendor, it is the hospice's responsibility to ensure its data is being submitted to CMS. Otherwise, the hospice may face a possible 2% reduction in its annual payment rate update. NAHC offers instructions on what hospices should do in order to determine if its data is being submitted and received by CMS. Click here to read them. Go Back