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New Version of CASPER Quality Measure Reports Fact Sheet Now Available

An updated version of the CASPER Quality Measure (QM) Reports Fact Sheet is now available in the Downloads section of the HQRP Requirements and Best Practices page. This updated version reflects the addition of the Hospice When Death Is Imminent Measure Pair to both the Hospice-Level and Patient Stay-Level CASPER QM Reports


Hospice Compare Quarterly Refresh Available

The August 2019 quarterly Hospice Compare refresh of quality data is now available. It is based on Hospice Item Set (HIS) quality measure results from data collected Q4 2017-Q3 2018 and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey® results reported Q4 2016 – Q3 2018.

Beginning with the August 2019 refresh, Hospice Compare will include hospice provider performance scores on the Hospice Visits when Death is Imminent three-day measure, which assesses the percentage of patients who receive at least one visit from a registered nurse, physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant in the last three days of life. CMS has decided not to publish Measure 2, the seven-day measure, at this time to allow further testing to determine if changes to the measure or how it would be displayed on Hospice Compare are needed. Additional testing will help ensure the measure’s accuracy and reliability as an indicator of provider quality. CMS will not post data for this measure, including each hospice’s performance as well as the national rate, while conducting more testing. The decision not to publicly report the seven-day measure at this time has no impact on other Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) measures.

We invite you to visit Hospice Compare to view the data.

For additional information on the Hospice Visits when Death is Imminent measures, we invite you to view the associated Fact Sheet and Q & A documents.


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