Hospice Item Set (HIS) Training Slides & Documentation Now Available

CMS HIS Data Collection Training.

The Hospice Item Set (HIS) is a set of data elements that can be used to calculate 7 quality measures – 6 NQF-endorsed measures and 1 modified NQF-endorsed measure:

  • NQF #1641 – Treatment Preferences
  • Modified NQF #1647 – Beliefs/Values Addressed
  • NQF #1634 & NQF #1637 – Pain Screening and Pain Assessment
  • NQF #1639 & NQF #1638 – Dyspnea Screening and Dyspnea Treatment
  • NQF #1617 – Patients Treated with an Opioid who are Given a Bowel Regimen

Hospices will be required to begin using the HIS for all patients beginning July 1, 2014. Hospices will submit 2 HIS records for each patient admitted to their organization – a HIS-Admission record and a HIS-Discharge record.

CMS is sponsoring a HIS Data Collection Training that will be held at the CMS Central Office in Baltimore, MD, on February 4th and 5th from 12:30-4:30 pm each day.  To allow for all hospices to participate, the training will be live-streamed, and will also be recorded and posted on the CMS website for on-demand viewing.  No registration is required to participate via live-streaming. The agenda for the training and instructions for live video-streaming access can be accessed here.

The training will cover the data collection portion of the HIS only. Detailed training on the technical submission processes and data submission software will be provided in May. HEALTHCAREfirst will be participating in the training and is in the process of updating its systems for the Hospice Item Set.

Additional details regarding HIS including the Training slides and manual that will be covered during the Feb 4th and 5th training can be found at the CMS HIS site.