CMS Announces Quality Reporting Program Relief

Posted on Monday, March 30, 2020 12:46 PM

Last week, CMS announced new quality reporting program relief for providers, including data submission relief for both home health and hospice providers.

For both home health and hospice there are some data that do not need to be submitted, as follows:

Deadlines for October 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 (Q4) data submission optional.  If Q4 is submitted, it will be used to calculate the 2019 performance and payment (where appropriate). Data from January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020 (Q1-Q2) does not need to be submitted to CMS for purposes of complying with quality reporting program requirements.  This means that:

  • Home Health and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) survey data from January 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020 (Q1-Q3) does not need to be submitted to CMS.
  • OASIS and HIS Q1-Q2 (Jan-June 2020) does not need to be submitted to CMS for quality reporting program purposes. The OASIS still needs to be submitted before the final claim for payment purposes.
  • Q1 and Q2 for HIS submissions – admissions/discharges with target dates (admit/discharge date) that is 1/1/2020 through and including 6/30/2020.
  • Q1 and Q2 for OASIS submissions – certifications and re-certifications 1/1/2020 through and including 6/30/2020.
  • CAHPS flexibilities for hospice and home health providers –
    • monthly submission files do not need to be sent to the CAHPS vendors for Q1-Q3
    • applicable dates include 1/1/2020 through and including 6/30/2020

Source: NAHC Report

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