CMS To Begin Data Collection for Hospice Quality Reporting

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will begin a new data collection to inform hospice quality reporting, according to a Federal Register notice published this week. 

In accordance with the Privacy Act of 1974, CMS is establishing a new system, the Hospice Item Set System, to support the collection of data required for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program under the Affordable Care Act. The “HIS” is a patient level data collection vehicle, CMS explains, that will confirm appropriate assessments were made and inquiries or concerns were addressed for patients at the time of their admission for pain, respiratory status, medications, patient preferences and beliefs and values. 

The new data collection system is effective 30 days following the register notice publication dated April 8.


The system will contain patient information for those who receive hospice care or care services coordinated for hospices. It will also include information on the providers if used for business purposes.

View the Federal Register notice.  

Written by Elizabeth Ecker 


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