FutureFocus May 9, 2018: Revising Conditions Of Participation To Increase Data Sharing

Lisa Remington

In this week’s FutureFocus, is the announcement of CMS discussing a Request for Information (RFI) for feedback on solutions to achieve better data sharing between providers. A similar RFI was announced recently in FY 2019 PPS updates. There is a possibility of revising Conditions of Participations. Another merger between three home care companies will form one of the largest providers of home-based care in the U.S. In another announcement, Humana and Landmark announce an in-home care program for chronic conditions.

Lisa Remington, President, Remington Health Strategy Group

The hospice rule also proposes to enable more efficient use of Hospice Compare data by no longer directly displaying the seven component measures from which a composite measure is calculated on Hospice Compare, once the composite measure is displayed. CMS would still provide the public the ability to view these component measures in a manner that avoids confusion on Hospice Compare.

CMS plans to achieve this by reformatting the display of the component measures so that they are only viewable in an expandable/collapsible format under the composite measure itself, thus allowing users the opportunity to view the component measure scores that were used to calculate the main composite measure score.

The hospice proposal: “Medicare Program; FY 2019 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements,” was scheduled for the May 8 Federal Register.


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