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Work Advancing on CMS Hospice Outcome & Patient Evaluation Tool

Posted on Monday, February 3, 2020 1:56 PM

CMS is asking hospice providers to participate in a pilot test of the Hospice Outcome and Patient Evaluation (HOPE) tool which will replace the current Hospice Item Set quality reporting system. 

This new tool will allow hospices to assess patients in real-time based on their interactions, allowing for improved quality while being less taxing than the current method.

 “The HOPE tool is going to be a standardized assessment tool for hospice specifically. In concept and content, it’s not unlike the OASIS tool for home health,” said Jennifer Kennedy, senior director of regulatory and quality for the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization. “It’s a way for CMS to collect the same type of data from everybody in the same way.” 

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