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REMINDER: CAHPS Hospice Survey Quarter 3 2017 Data Submission Deadline Approaching | CY 2018 Participation Exemption for Size Form Now Available | UPDATED: CAHPS Hospice Survey Material and Telephone Materials | First CAHPS Hospice Survey Public Report Preview Period Begins December 1, 2017 | UPDATED: Step-by-Step Guide for Calculating CAHPS Hospice Survey Top-Box Scores and Case-Mix Adjustment Methods for CAHPS Hospice Survey Measures Documents Posted | UPDATED: Traditional and Simplified CAHPS Hospice Survey Mail Materials | UPDATED: Technical Corrections and Clarifications to the CAHPS Hospice Survey Quality Assurance Guidelines V4.0 Document | UPDATE: Applicability of Reporting Requirements for Hospices | Hurricane Maria - Disaster Exceptions/Exemptions for Medicare Certified Providers | New Update for Areas Affected by the Hurricanes Hurricane Irma - Disaster Exceptions/Exemptions for Medicare Certified Providers CMS Hurricane Webpage and Open Door Forum Information | Extraordinary Circumstances Extension / Exception (ECE) due to Hurricane Harvey | Fiscal Year 2018 Hospice Final Rule Released

REMINDER: CAHPS Hospice Survey Quarter 3 2017 Data Submission Deadline Approaching (01/17/2018)

The deadline for survey vendors to submit CAHPS Hospice Survey Quarter 3 2017 (patient deaths in July, August and September 2017) data is February 14, 2018. Survey vendors are responsible for successfully submitting files by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on February 14, 2018.

As a reminder, hospices must have a CAHPS Hospice Survey Vendor Authorization Form on file with the RAND Corporation in order for the survey vendor to submit data on behalf of the hospice. Contact the CAHPS Hospice Survey Project Team (hospicecahpssurvey@HCQIS.org) immediately if your organization has not already submitted the CAHPS Hospice Survey Vendor Authorization Form.

To view or download the revised CAHPS Hospice Survey Vendor Authorization Form, please click here  or on the left hand Technical Specifications navigation button. 

The CAHPS Hospice Survey Data Coordination Team will audit the data files as they are submitted by survey vendors for compliance with the file specifications outlined in the QAG. Survey vendors and hospices will receive an automated email confirming the file submission.

Various data checks of the survey data submitted by the survey vendor will be conducted. Survey vendors and hospices will receive a second email indicating that the CAHPS Hospice Survey Data Submission Reports (containing results from the edits checks) are available for viewing in their respective folders in the CAHPS Hospice Survey Data Warehouse. Reports will be posted by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on the next business day after submission by the survey vendor.


CY 2018 Participation Exemption for Size Form Now Available (1/5/2018) 

The Participation Exemption for Size Form for the calendar year (CY) 2018 CAHPS Hospice Survey data collection and reporting requirements is available to complete and submit on the CAHPS Hospice Survey Web site (www.hospicecahpssurvey.org). Hospices that served fewer than 50 survey-eligible decedents/caregivers in CY 2017 (January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 [or from assignment of CCN]) can apply for an exemption from participation in the CAHPS Hospice Survey for CY 2018.

To view or complete the 2018 Participation Exemption for Size Form, please click on the left hand Participation Exemption for Size navigation button. The Participation Exemption for Size Form will be available to complete and submit online until December 31, 2018.

Please note, exemptions on the basis of size are active for one year only. If a hospice continues to meet the eligibility requirements for this exemption in subsequent years, the organization will need to again request the exemption.

If a hospice has questions regarding the Participation Exemption for Size process or how to complete the Participation Exemption for Size Form, please contact the CAHPS Hospice Survey Project Team: hospicecahpssurvey@HCQIS.org or 1-844-472-4621.

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 UPDATED: CAHPS Hospice Survey Mail and Telephone Materials (12/20/2017)

The CAHPS Hospice Survey mail and telephone materials from the Quality Assurance Guidelines V 4.0 (QAG V4.0) in all approved translations have been posted. To view or download the revised CAHPS Hospice Survey materials, please click on the left hand Survey Instruments navigation button. 

Survey vendors must utilize the revised CAHPS Hospice Survey materials beginning with January 2018 decedents (caregivers surveyed beginning April 1, 2018).

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First CAHPS Hospice Survey Public Report Preview Period Begins December 1, 2017 (12/01/2017)

The first CAHPS Hospice Survey Public Report Preview Reports are now available. Hospice Provider Preview Reports can be accessed via the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) application. Hospice providers have the opportunity to review their quality measure results during the 30-day preview period via their Hospice Provider Preview Report. The Preview Reports will be available from December 1, 2017 through December 30, 2017. The data that appear in the Preview Reports will be publicly reported on Hospice Compare  in February 2018.

More details about Hospice Quality Public Reporting are available at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/Hospice-Quality-Public-Reporting.html.

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UPDATED: Step-by-Step Guide for Calculating CAHPS Hospice Survey Top-Box Scores and Case-Mix Adjustment Methods for CAHPS Hospice Survey Measures Documents Posted (11/21/2017)

Updated documents for calculating CAHPS Hospice Survey Top-Box Scores and Case-Mix Adjustment Methods for CAHPS Hospice Survey have been posted on the Scoring and Analysis page. To view or download these documents, please click on the left hand Scoring and Analysis navigation button.

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UPDATED: Traditional and Simplified CAHPS Hospice Survey Mail Materials (11/08/2017)

The CAHPS Hospice Survey Project Team has released updated versions of the CAHPS Hospice Survey mail materials in Traditional and Simplified Chinese.

Revisions were made to the instructions for all three versions of the previously distributed CAHPS Hospice Survey QAG V4.0 Traditional and Simplified Chinese mail materials. The survey questions, OMB Paperwork Reduction Act text and the cover letters have not changed. If a survey vendor offers the CAHPS Hospice Survey in Traditional and/or Simplified Chinese, the new version must be implemented for survey administration beginning with January 2018 decedents (caregiver contact beginning April 2018) but may be implemented sooner at the survey vendor’s discretion.

CMS strongly encourages hospices with a significant caregiver population that speaks Chinese to offer the CAHPS Hospice Survey in Traditional and/or Simplified Chinese.

To view or download the CAHPS Hospice Survey mail materials in Traditional and/or Simplified Chinese, please click on the left hand Survey Instruments navigation button.

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UPDATED: Technical Corrections and Clarifications to the CAHPS Hospice Survey Quality Assurance Guidelines V4.0 Document (11/08/2017)

The CAHPS Hospice Survey technical corrections and clarifications to the CAHPS Hospice Survey Quality Assurance Guidelines V4.0 document has been posted. This document may be accessed by clicking here or by clicking on the left hand Quality Assurance Guidelines navigation button.

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UPDATE: Applicability of Reporting Requirements for Hospices (California Wildfires) (11/08/2017)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to acute care hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, renal dialysis facilities, and ambulatory surgical centers located in areas affected by the devastating impacts of the Northern California wildfires since October 8, 2017, in and around counties in Northern California. These providers will be granted exceptions without having to submit an extraordinary circumstances exception request if they are located in one of the California counties listed below, all of which have been designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a major disaster county. The scope and duration of the exception under each Medicare quality reporting program is described below; however, all of the exceptions are being granted to assist these providers while they direct their resources toward caring for their patients and repairing structural damages to facilities.

CMS is closely monitoring the situation for future potential widespread catastrophic events, and will update exception lists soon after any events occur in the future.

The affected counties by FEMA as of the date of this communication are as follows:

Northern California Counties

  • Butte
  • Lake
  • Mendocino
  • Napa
  • Nevada
  • Orange
  • Sonoma
  • Yuba

The following providers located outside of the counties listed above are not covered by this communication, but may request an exception to the reporting requirements under one or more Medicare quality reporting or value-based purchasing programs using the applicable extraordinary circumstances exception procedure: acute care hospitals, Prospective Payment System (PPS)-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, renal dialysis facilities, and ambulatory surgical centers.

If FEMA expands the current disaster declaration for the Northern California wildfires to include additional counties, CMS will update this communication to expand the list of providers eligible to receive an exception without submitting a request. In addition, CMS will continue to monitor the situation and adjust exempted reporting periods and submission deadlines accordingly.

Hospices

CMS is granting an exception to all Quality Reporting Program (QRP) reporting requirements, including the reporting of data on measures and any other data requested by CMS for the post-acute care (PAC) quality reporting programs for calendar year 2017 quarters 2 and 3:

  • Hospices – Hospice QRP

CMS will provide additional information about the extension and exceptions related to the PAC QRP submission requirements in subsequent announcements.

For further information about extensions and exemptions, view the program-specific webpages:

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 UPDATE: Applicability of Reporting Requirements for Hospices

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to acute care hospitals, PPS-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities,
Renal Dialysis Facilities, long-term care hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers located in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey due to the devastating impact of the storm. These providers will be granted exceptions without having to submit an extraordinary circumstances exception request if they are located in one of the Texas counties or Louisiana parishes listed below, all of which have been designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a major disaster county or parish. The scope and duration of the exception under each Medicare quality reporting program is described below; however, all of the exceptions are being granted to assist these providers while they direct their resources toward caring for their patients and repairing structural damages to facilities.

 NOTE: Since the latest communication released on September 7, 2017, FEMA has identified an additional county in Texas as a disaster area; Grimes County. Hospitals located within this FEMA designated county have been granted exceptions in addition to the counties/parishes previously identified.

 CMS is closely monitoring the situation for future potential widespread catastrophic events, and will update exception lists soon after any events occur in the future.

The affected counties and parishes designated by FEMA as of the date of this communication are as follows:

Texas Counties Louisiana Parishes
  • Aransas
  • Austin
  • Bastrop
  • Bee
  • Bexar
  • Brazoria
  • Calhoun
  • Chambers
  • Colorado
  • Dallas
  • DeWitt
  • Fayette
  • Fort Bend
  • Galveston
  • Goliad    
  • Gonzales
  • Grimes
  • Hardin
  • Harris
  • Jackson
  • Jasper
  • Jefferson
  • Karnes
  • Kleberg
  • Lavaca
  • Lee
  • Liberty
  • Matagorda
  • Montgomery
  • Newton
  • Nueces
  • Orange
  • Polk
  • Refugio
  • Sabine
  • San Jacinto
  • San Patricio
  • Tarrant
  • Travis
  • Tyler
  • Victoria
  • Walker
  • Waller
  • Wharton    
  • Allen
  • Acadia
  • Beauregard
  • Calcasieu
  • Cameron
  • Iberia
  • Jefferson Davis
  • Natchitoches
  • Rapides
  • Sabine
  • Vermilion
  • Vernon 

The following providers located outside of the counties and parishes listed above are not covered by this communication, but may request an exception to the reporting requirements under one or more Medicare quality reporting or value-based purchasing programs using the applicable extraordinary circumstances exception procedure: acute care hospitals, Prospective Payment System (PPS)-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, Renal Dialysis Facilities, and ambulatory surgical centers. If FEMA expands the current disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey to include additional counties or parishes, CMS will update this communication to expand the list of providers eligible to receive an exception without submitting a request to include the hospitals, PPS-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers located in the additional counties and parishes. In addition, CMS will continue to monitor the situation and adjust exempted reporting periods and submission deadlines accordingly.

Hospices

CMS is granting an exception to all Quality Reporting Program (QRP) reporting requirements, including the reporting of data on measures and any other data requested by CMS for the post-acute care (PAC) quality reporting programs for calendar year 2017 quarters 2 and 3:

  • Hospices – Hospice QRP

CMS will provide additional information about the extension and exceptions related to the PAC QRP submission requirements in subsequent announcements.

For further information about extensions and exemptions, view the program-specific webpages:

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Hurricane Maria - Disaster Exceptions/Exemptions for Medicare Certified Providers Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding (09/29/2017)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, renal dialysis facilities, and ambulatory surgical centers located in areas affected by Hurricane Maria due to the devastating impact of the storm. These providers will be granted exceptions without having to submit an Extraordinary Circumstances Exceptions (ECE) request if they are located in one of the Puerto Rico municipios or U.S. Virgin Islands county-equivalents listed below, all of which have been designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a major disaster municipio or county-equivalent. 

The scope and duration of the exception under each Medicare quality reporting program is described in the memo posted on 9-25-17, however, all of the exceptions are being granted to assist these providers while they direct their resources toward caring for their patients and repairing structural damages to facilities.

CMS will continue to monitor the situation and adjust exempted reporting periods and submission deadlines accordingly.

Additional details and materials are available on the CMS Hurricane page webpage.

For further information about extensions and exemptions for PAC QRPs, view the program-specific webpages: 

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New Update for Areas Affected by the Hurricanes (09/22/2017)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to acute care hospitals, PPS-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, renal dialysis facilities, long-term care hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers located in areas affected by Hurricane Irma due to the devastating impact of the storm. These providers will be granted exceptions without having to submit an Extraordinary Circumstances Exceptions (ECE) request if they are located in one of the Florida  counties, Georgia counties, Puerto Rico municipios, or U.S. Virgin Islands county-equivalents listed below, all of which have been designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a major disaster county, municipio, or county-equivalent. The scope and duration of the exception under each Medicare quality reporting program is described below; however, all of the exceptions are being granted to assist these providers while they direct their resources toward caring for their patients and repairing structural damages to facilities.

CMS is closely monitoring the situation for future potential widespread catastrophic events, and will update exception lists soon after any events occur in the future.

The affected counties, municipios, and county-equivalents designated by FEMA as of the date of this communication are as follows:  

Florida Counties

Georgia Counties

Puerto Rico Municipios

U.S. Virgin Islands
County-Equivalents

  • All 67 counties in Florida are within the FEMA designated areas.  
  • All 159 counties in Georgia are within the FEMA designated areas.
  • Adjuntas
  • Aguas Buenas
  • Barranquitas
  • Camuy
  • Canovanas
  • Carolina
  • Catano
  • Ciales
  • Culebra
  • Guaynabo
  • Jayuya
  • Juncos
  • Las Piedras
  • Loiza
  • Luquillo
  • Orocovis
  • Patillas
  • Quebradillas
  • San Juan
  • Utuado
  • Vega Baja
  • Vieques
  • St. Croix (Island) (County-equivalent)
  • St. John (Island) (County-equivalent)
  • St. Thomas (Island) (County-equivalent)
  • Statewide

The following providers located outside of the counties, municipios, and county-equivalents listed above are not covered by this communication, but may request an exception to the reporting requirements under one or more Medicare quality reporting or value-based purchasing programs using the applicable extraordinary circumstances exception procedure: acute care hospitals, Prospective Payment System (PPS)-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, renal dialysis facilities, and ambulatory surgical centers. If FEMA expands the current disaster declaration for Hurricane Irma to include additional counties, municipios, and/or county-equivalents, CMS will update this communication to expand the list of providers eligible to receive an exception without submitting a request to include the hospitals, PPS-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers located in the additional counties, municipios, and/or county-equivalents. In addition, CMS will continue to monitor the situation and adjust exempted reporting periods and submission deadlines accordingly.

Hospices

CMS is granting an exception to all Quality Reporting Program (QRP) reporting requirements, including the reporting of data on measures and any other data requested by CMS for the post-acute care (PAC) quality reporting programs for calendar year 2017 quarters 2 and 3:

  • Hospices – Hospice QRP

CMS will provide additional information about the extension and exceptions related to the PAC QRP submission requirements in subsequent announcements.

For further information about extensions and exemptions, view the program-specific webpages:

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Hurricane Irma - Disaster Exceptions/Exemptions for Medicare Certified Providers Affected by Severe Storms and Flooding  (09/14/2017)

To review entire Quality Reporting Notification, please click here.

Key Hospice content is displayed below. Please review the entire notification for additional detail.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to acute care hospitals, PPS-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, renal dialysis facilities, long-term care hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers located in areas affected by Hurricane Irma due to the devastating impact of the storm. These providers will be granted exceptions without having to submit an Extraordinary Circumstances Exceptions (ECE) request if they are located in one of the Florida  counties, Puerto Rico municipios, or U.S. Virgin Islands county-equivalents listed below, all of which have been designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a major disaster county, municipio, or county-equivalent. The scope and duration of the exception under each Medicare quality reporting program is described below; however, all of the exceptions are being granted to assist these providers while they direct their resources toward caring for their patients and repairing structural damages to facilities.

CMS is closely monitoring the situation for future potential widespread catastrophic events, and will update exception lists soon after any events occur in the future.

The affected counties, municipios, and county-equivalents designated by FEMA as of the date of this communication are as follows:

Florida Counties

Puerto Rico Municipios

U.S. Virgin Islands
County-Equivalents

  • All 67 counties in Florida are within the FEMA designated areas.
  •  Adjuntas
  • Canovanas
  • Carolina
  • Culebra
  • Guaynabo
  • Juncos
  • Loiza
  • Luquillo
  • Orocovis
  • Patillas
  • Utuado
  • Vieques
  •  St. Croix (Island) (County-equivalent)
  • St. John (Island) (County-equivalent)
  • St. Thomas (Island) (County-equivalent)
  • Statewide


The following providers located outside of the counties and parishes listed above are not covered by this communication, but may request an exception to the reporting requirements under one or more Medicare quality reporting or value-based purchasing programs using the applicable extraordinary circumstances exception procedure: acute care hospitals, Prospective Payment System (PPS)-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, Renal Dialysis Facilities, and ambulatory surgical centers. If FEMA expands the current disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey to include additional counties or parishes, CMS will update this communication to expand the list of providers eligible to receive an exception without submitting a request to include the hospitals, PPS-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers located in the additional counties and parishes. In addition, CMS will continue to monitor the situation and adjust exempted reporting periods and submission deadlines accordingly.

Hospices

CMS is granting an exception to all Quality Reporting Program (QRP) reporting requirements, including the reporting of data on measures and any other data requested by CMS for the post-acute care (PAC) quality reporting programs for calendar year 2017 quarters 2 and 3:

  • Hospices – Hospice QRP

CMS will provide additional information about the extension and exceptions related to the PAC QRP submission requirements in subsequent announcements.

For further information about extensions and exemptions, view the program-specific webpages:

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CMS Hurricane Webpage and Open Door Forum Information (09/06/2017)

Open Door Forum

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to acute care hospitals, PPS-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, outpatient dialysis facilities, long-term care hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers located in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey due to the devastating impact of the storm. These providers will be granted exceptions without having to submit an extraordinary circumstances exception request if they are located in one of the Texas counties or Louisiana parishes, all of which have been designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a major disaster county.

The scope and duration of the exception under each Medicare quality reporting program is described in the memo posted on 08/31/2017, however, all of the exceptions are being granted to assist these providers while they direct their resources toward caring for their patients and repairing structural damages to facilities.

If FEMA expands the current disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey to include additional counties or parishes, CMS will update this memo to expand the list of providers eligible to receive an exception without submitting a request to include the hospitals, PPS-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers located in the additional counties and parishes.

In addition, CMS will continue to monitor the situation and adjust exempted reporting periods and submission deadlines accordingly.

Additional details and materials are available on the CMS Hurricane webpage. Please check back frequently for updates.

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Extraordinary Circumstances Extension / Exception (ECE) due to Hurricane Harvey (08/31/2017)

To review entire Quality Reporting Notification, please click here.

Key Hospice content is displayed below. Please review the entire notification for additional detail.

CMS is granting exceptions under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to acute care hospitals, PPS-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, Renal Dialysis Facilities, long-term care hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers located in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey due to the devastating impact of the storm. These providers will be granted exceptions without having to submit an extraordinary circumstances exception request if they are located in one of the Texas counties or Louisiana parishes listed below, all of which have been designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a major disaster county. The scope and duration of the exception under each Medicare quality reporting program is described below; however, all of the exceptions are being granted to assist these providers while they direct their resources toward caring for their patients and repairing structural damages to facilities.

The affected counties and parishes designated by FEMA as of the date of this communication are as follows:

Texas Counties 

Louisiana Parishes

  • Aransas
  • Bee
  • Bexar
  • Brazoria
  • Calhoun
  • Chambers   
  • Colorado
  • Dallas
  • Fayette
  • Fort Bend
  • Galveston
  • Goliad
  • Hardin
  • Harris
  • Jackson
  • Jasper
  • Kleberg
  • Liberty
  • Matagorda
  • Montgomery  
  • Newton
  • Nueces
  • Orange
  • Refugio
  • Sabine
  • San Jacinto
  • San Patricio
  • Tarrant
  • Travis
  • Victoria
  • Waller
  • Wharton
  • Beauregard
  • Calcasieu
  • Cameron
  • Jefferson Davis 
  • Vermilion                

The following providers located outside of the counties and parishes listed above are not covered by this communication, but may request an exception to the reporting requirements under one or more Medicare quality reporting or value-based purchasing programs using the applicable extraordinary circumstances exception procedure: acute care hospitals, Prospective Payment System (PPS)-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, Renal Dialysis Facilities, and ambulatory surgical centers. If FEMA expands the current disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey to include additional counties or parishes, CMS will update this communication to expand the list of providers eligible to receive an exception without submitting a request to include the hospitals, PPS-exempt cancer hospitals, inpatient psychiatric facilities, skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, hospices, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, and ambulatory surgical centers located in the additional counties and parishes. In addition, CMS will continue to monitor the situation and adjust exempted reporting periods and submission deadlines accordingly.

Hospices

CMS is granting an exception to all Quality Reporting Program (QRP) reporting requirements, including the reporting of data on measures and any other data requested by CMS for the post-acute care (PAC) quality reporting programs for calendar year 2017 quarters 2 and 3:

  • Hospices – Hospice QRP

CMS will provide additional information about the extension and exceptions related to the PAC QRP submission requirements in subsequent announcements.

For further information about extensions and exemptions, view the program-specific webpages:

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Fiscal Year 2018 Hospice Final Rule Released (08/07/2017)

CMS released the final rule for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements on August 4, 2017. The FY 2018 hospice final rule can be accessed by clicking here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/08/04/2017-16294/medicare-program-fy-2018-hospice-wage-index-and-payment-rate-update-and-hospice-quality-reporting.

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