CMS posted the quarterly Hospice Compare refresh of quality data on August 15, 2019.
All quality measures improved since the last quarterly posting or stayed the same. Pain Assessment and Composite Process Measure showed the most improvement each with a 1.1% increase. Pain Assessment improved from 89.2% to 90.3%, and Composite Process Measure, from 85.3% to 86.4%.
A new quality measure, Hospice Visits When Death Is Imminent, has been added and posted at 82.3%. This measures the percentage of patients getting at least one visit from a registered nurse, a physician, a nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant in the last 3 days of life.
Updates to the family caregivers’ survey results showed all eight measures remained the same.
Quality measure results are from data collected October 1, 2017 – September 30, 2018, and Hospice CAHPS® survey results reported October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2018.