CMS Provides Hospice Item Set Update
Monday, October 28, 2013
by: VNAA Policy Team

Section: Public Policy and Advocacy

Beginning July 1, 2014 all Medicare certified hospices must implement the Hospice Item Set (HIS). The Centers for Medicare and & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted a HIS fact sheet providing a general overview of HIS and suggestions for implementation. The HIS is just one component of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP).

The fact sheet helps to answer questions surrounding the timeframe for completion and submission of the HIS and emphasizes that the HIS is a data collection and not a patient assessment tool.  Hospices will collect data during patient admission and discharge and submit data to CMS electronically.  CMS is planning a HIS user’s manual and one webinar in February 2014. Read the fact sheet here

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