Hospice Compare Updated with New Quality Measure

August 23 2019 |Marian Essey
Hospice Compare Updated with New Quality Measure

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.

Additional information on the Hospice Visits when Death is Imminent measures are also available: the associated Fact Sheet and Q & A documents.