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Latest Quality Data Refresh on CMS Hospice Compare

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The latest quarterly Hospice Compare refresh of quality data is now available on CMS Hospice Compare (data updated August 15, 2019).

Hospice Item Set (HIS) quality measure results (Quality of Care) updated to report data for Q4 2017 through Q3 2018

  • Percentage of patients getting at least one visit from a registered nurse, a physician, a nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant in the last 3 days of life
  • Patients who got an assessment of all 7 HIS quality measures at the beginning of hospice care to meet the HIS Comprehensive Assessment Measure requirements
    • The HIS Comprehensive Assessment Measure is a composite of 7 HIS care process measures.
      1. Asked patients about their treatment preferences and;
      2. Beliefs & values
      3. Checked to see if patients were in pain
      4. Thoroughly assessed patients in pain
      5. Checked to see if patients had shortness of breath
      6. Began treating patients with shortness of breath, and
      7. Offered care for constipation for patients taking opioids

    Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey® results reporting Q4 2016 – Q3 2018

    1. Communication with family
    2. Getting timely help
    3. Treating patient with respect
    4. Emotional and spiritual support
    5. Help for pain and symptoms
    6. Training family to care for patient
    7. Rating of this hospice
    8. Willing to recommend this hospice

    Note: Beginning with this August 2019 refresh, Hospice Compare is including 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.

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