NAHC Analysis of the Home Health Quality Reporting Program Part of the FY2022 Hospice Payment Rule

From the National Association for Home Care & Hospice

There is one section of this hospice proposed rule that addresses home health, related to the public display of home health quality data for the HH QRP.  Specifically, CMS is proposing to modify the public display schedule to display fewer quarters of data than what was previously finalized for certain HH QRP measures for the January 2022 Care Compare refreshes.

Under the current HH QRP public display policy, Home Health Compare uses 4 quarters of data to publicly display OASIS-based measures, and 4 or more quarters of data to publicly display claims-based measures. We use four rolling quarters of data to publicly display Home Health Care Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HHCAHPS) Survey measures on Care Compare.

On March 27, 2020, CMS sent a guidance memorandum implementing changes to the HH QRP public display schedule due to the COVID-19 PHE. CMS will resume publicly displaying HH QRP claims-based measures in January 2022.  To determine which quarters of data to utilize for future public reporting, CMS conducted an analysis comparing the data available and the reliability and validity of this data under two different scenarios – Standard Public Reporting (SPR) and COVID-19 PHE Affected Reporting (CAR). 

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