2015 Hospice Item Set: HIS Requirements

Hospices should be reminded that they must continue to submit 2015 Hospice Item Set data. Failure to submit HIS data during 2015 will impact your FY2017 payment.

CMS’ HIS contractor released the following notice regarding 2015 HIS data:

December 31, 2014 marked the close of the FY 2016 data collection cycle for the HIS. For the FY 2016 data collection cycle, hospices were required to report HIS data (and HIS-Admission and HIS-Discharge record) for each patient admission to their hospice July 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014. 2015 Hospice Item Set data submission for patient admissions occurring between July 1 and December 31, 2014 will be used by CMS to determine compliance Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) requirements for the FY 2016 Annual Payment Update (APU) determination.  Hospice providers should continue to complete and submit HIS records for patient admissions occurring after December 31, 2014. Patient admissions occurring January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 will impact the FY 2017 APU determination.

For more information on HIS requirements, please visit the “Hospice Item Set (HIS)” portion of the CMS HQRP website or contact the Quality HelpDesk at: HospiceQualityQuestions@cms.hhs.gov.