In order to relieve provider burden during the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS temporarily lifted several reporting requirements for hospices. These temporary flexibilities ended on June 30, 2020. Hospices are now expected to resume timely quality data collection and submission of CAHPS Hospice Survey and HIS records.
Note: Flexibility waivers will remain in place for the duration of the COVID-19 PHE. For example, the telecommunications waiver remains in effect and can be applied to the HIS.
CMS has released a HQRP tip sheet to help hospices stay on track. Make sure your staff are aware of these important dates! Visit CMS’ HQRP Requirements and Best Practices page and ensure that your hospice stays compliant.