The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking input from providers related to the implementation of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) established in Section 3004 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as The Affordable Care Act (ACA).
On behalf of CMS, Health Care Innovation Services (HCIS) will be conducting voluntary provider interviews during the months of July and August, 2014. The voluntary interview process is intended to assist CMS in better understanding the strengths, weaknesses, priorities and burdens associated with the HQRP; to understand the means by which Hospice providers ensure the accuracy of submitted data; to understand the impact the HQRP has or has had on patient services and outcomes; and to understand how CMS might improve the HQRP and associated processes in the future. Most interviews will be conducted over the telephone or via email. A comprehensive list of the questions and topics to be discussed will be provided prior to the interview process. Reports or summaries that result from the information gathered through the interview process will not contain any specific provider information.