Quality Data, Transparency Becoming More Critical to Hospice Compliance Under New Rules

Posted Sunday, November 14, 2021

In the Final Rule for CY 2022, there were major provisions for new quality rules for hospice payments. A new rule, Hospice Care Index (HCI) created a new collection of measures in the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) containing ten quality indicators that are calculated using claims data. The data represent various aspects of hospice care designed to illustrate care processes that occur between the patient’s admission and discharge.

The 10 HCI measures include:

  1. Continuous Home Care (CHC) or General Inpatient (GIP) Provided
  2. Gaps in Skilled Nursing Visits
  3. Early Live Discharges
  4. Late Live Discharges
  5. Burdensome Transitions (Type 1) – Live Discharges from Hospice Followed by Hospitalization and Subsequent Hospice Readmission
  6. Burdensome Transitions (Type 2) – Live Discharges from Hospice Followed by Hospitalization with the Patient Dying in the Hospital
  7. Per-beneficiary Medicare Spending
  8. Skilled Nursing Care Minutes per Routine Home Care (RHC) Day
  9. Skilled Nursing Minutes on Weekends
  10. Visits Near Death

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