Quality Reporting for Hospice Providers

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that CMS use nationally endorsed quality measures in the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). The ACA also allows CMS to specify measures that are not yet endorsed if a feasible and practical measure in the quality area is determined appropriate by the Secretary. The HQRP requires hospices to submit data to CMS via the Hospice Item Set (HIS) and to participate in the CAHPS® Hospice Survey. HIS data can be used to calculate seven National Quality Forum (NQF)-endorsed measures and two non-NQF-endorsed measures. Descriptions of the nine HIS-based measures are provided below. Additional details about the measures can be found in the QM User’s Manual located in the Downloads section at the bottom this web page


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