CMS recently debuted their new Hospice Compare website on August 16. Like the Home Health Compare website, Hospice Compare provides a snapshot of the quality of care each hospice facility offers to its patients. The website also gives visitors the ability to compare a hospice provider’s quality of care to national averages and to other hospices. This is all part of CMS’s efforts to make healthcare quality information more transparent and understandable for consumers so they can take ownership of their health.
CMS states that CAHPS Hospice survey information will be displayed during a subsequent update in winter 2018.
With increased visibility into the quality of care hospices provide, it has become imperative that hospices understand how their scores will be calculated and what they can do to improve their scores. Maintaining a strong score will require dedicated and consistent effort by hospice providers.
The scores are based on these current seven Hospice Item Set (HIS) quality measures:
- Treatment Preferences
- Beliefs & Values Addressed (if desired by the patient)
- Pain Screening
- Pain Assessment
- Dyspnea Screening
- Dyspnea Treatment
- Patient Treated with an Opioid Who Are Given a Bowel Regimen