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The HQRP Quarterly Update for the second quarter (April - June) of 2018 is now available for download. This document features frequently asked questions that were received by the Hospice Quality Help Desk, as well as general HQRP updates and events from the second quarter of 2018. It also highlights upcoming events in the third quarter of 2018.

To download the HQRP Quarterly Update document for the second quarter of 2018, please refer to the “Downloads” section of the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices webpage.


Introduction to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program

Registration for these webinars is limited to 1,500 attendees per event on a first-come, first-serve basis. CLICK HERE to register for the "Introduction to HQRP" webinar.

New Medicare Card: 0 not O

This would be a good thing to teach all clinicians, especially those who complete admit OASIS assessments. The Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) uses numbers 0-9 and all uppercase letters except for S, L, O, I, B, and Z. We exclude these letters to avoid confusion when differentiating some letters and numbers (e.g., between “0” and “O”). Read MLN Matters Article New MBI Get It, Use It for other helpful information, such as what to do if an MBI changes.

Save the Date: The next New Medicare Card Open Door Forum will be held Thursday, September 13, from 2-3 pm ET. Share your experiences transitioning to the MBI. Call in information will be provided in an upcoming edition.

Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program: Become a Medicare Enrolled Supplier

Medicare pays Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) suppliers to furnish group-based intervention to at-risk Medicare beneficiaries:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-approved National Diabetes Prevention Program curriculum
  • Up to 2 years of sessions delivered to groups of eligible beneficiaries

Find out how to become a Medicare enrolled MDPP supplier:

  • Obtain CDC preliminary or full recognition: Takes at least 12 months to obtain preliminary recognition and up to 24 additional months to achieve full recognition; visit the CDC website for more information
  • Prepare for Medicare enrollment; see the fact sheet and checklist
  • After achieving preliminary recognition, apply to become a Medicare enrolled MDPP supplier (existing Medicare providers must re-enroll)
  • Furnish MDPP services
  • Submit claims to Medicare

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