As of July 1, 2014, hospices are required to report the Hospice Item Set (HIS) for all patients admitted to hospice, regardless of payer, age, or location. Hospices that fail to comply will be subject to a two-percent (2%) reduction in their Annual Payment Update (APU) for the fiscal year. With this requirement comes significant administrative burden which can put your agency at risk for non-compliance if not managed properly.

Simplify CMS Compliance with HEALTHCAREfirst’s Quality Actionboards

HEALTHCAREfirst’s Quality & Avoidable Events Actionboards provide hospices with a solution to ensure CMS compliance for HIS and build a robust QAPI program. Hospices will be prepared to meet HIS protocols with:

  • Standardized data capture – whether manual entry or via a secure, HIPAA compliant, connection with Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems – of the 64 patient-level data elements required for reporting the HIS.
  • Notification of errors and validation that admission and discharge records are complete prior to finalizing your data files for CMS submission.
  • Simple, validated XML file packaging of the HIS data elements for timely submission to CMS.
  • Submission of HIS data to CMS for hospices that elect Deyta’s Submission Services.

Improve Hospice Performance with Benchmarking Insights

Beyond HIS compliance, hospices that utilize HEALTHCAREfirst’s Quality & Avoidable Events Actionboards will gain a competitive advantage for improving performance and minimizing risk through data-driven management.

  • Track and trend performance of symptom management outcomes, NQF measures, and avoidable events.
  • Drive QAPI by customizing which industry-vetted quality measures your hospice utilizes for performance improvement.
  • Develop Performance Improvement Projects (PIPs) backed by empirical data with comparative, drill-down reporting by region, team, setting of care, timeframe, diagnosis, and/or length of stay.
  • Compare your hospice’s performance to the industry’s largest, most detailed hospice quality database.
  • Successfully manage and minimize risk from avoidable events with actionable information on patient incidents, patient infections, and medication errors with both patient- and agency-level reporting.
  • Engage your staff and provide the right information to the right people with easy-to-understand data tables and graphic reports.

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