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VNAA provides an extensive array of educational programming and resources to support members as they continue to improve quality performance and increase accessibility to care in their community. With top professionals in the health care and hospice fields, our Education and Quality team coordinates in-person and online programming that addresses the current issues that face home health and hospice providers.

2015 CAHPS Hospice Survey

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is preparing for the January 2015 launch of the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) Hospice Survey, which measures and assesses the experiences of patients who died while receiving hospice care, as well as the experiences of their informal primary caregivers.


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Hospice Item Set

All Medicare-certified hospices are required to complete and submit a Hospice Item Set (HIS) Admission record and a HIS-Discharge record for patient admissions on or after July 1, 2014.

HIS record completion and submission is ongoing according to these timeframes:

  1. Hospices have 14 days from admission to complete HIS-Admission records and 7 days from discharge to complete HIS-Discharge records.
  2. Hospices have 30 days from a patient admission or discharge to submit the appropriate HIS record for that patient.

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