Important Regulatory Updates from CMS
Review of July 9 Home Health and Hospice Open Door Forum
Monday, July 15, 2013
by: VNAA Policy Team

Section: Quality and Educational Programming

Please note that these notes are provided for your convenience.  Providers must be responsible for confirming all deadlines and instructions on the CMS Website.


  • Three important updates scheduled for July 18
    • Home Health Compare will display refreshed data from December 2012 on the Website at: Providers can preview their data now on the HHCAHPS Website at:
    • The patient mix adjustment factors will be recalculated on July 18
    • Data submission deadline for first quarter calendar year 2013 is July 18. Providers should be checking with their vendors to make sure the data is submitted on time.
  • As a reminder to new HHCAHPS participants, agencies must authorize their survey vendors through the HHCAHPS Website. Vendors cannot submit data without permission.
  • If providers have any questions about the HHCAHPS process they can use the following email addresses:

Hospice Quality

  • The next deadline for hospice quality reporting will be April 1, 2014. Hospice providers will be required to submit data for the NQF 0209 Pain Measure and the Structural Measure.
  • Hospices should be currently collecting data until December 26, 2013.

Home Health Quality

  • The home health quality page has recently been updated with the following materials:
  • The technical specifications for the Process Quality Measures have been revised, and are available to in the Download section here.
  • The technical specifications for OASIS Based Patient Outcome Measures were revised and are available in the Download section here.
  • A new errata sheet has been added to the Downloads section, indicating updates to the December 2012 OASIS-C Guidance Manual. It can be accessed here.
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