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Hospice Item Set (HIS)

  • For each patient admitted on or after July 1, 2014, completion of an HIS admission record and discharge record is required.
  • Data submission occurs on a rolling basis via the QIES ASAP system.
  • Hospices that fail to comply with HIS requirements will incur a 2 percentage point market basket reduction for the corresponding fiscal year.

Questions on HIS data collection and submission?  Email Quality@NHPCO.org

CMS General Resources

  • Help Desks
    • Quality Help Desk: HospiceQualityQuestions@cms.hhs.gov
      • For general HIS questions.
    • Technical Help Desk: help@qtso.com Phone: 1-877-201-4721 (Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Central Time)
      • For questions related to the HART tool, QIES ASAP, or other technical assistance information, including error messages or record rejections.
    • Reconsideration Help Desk: HospiceQRPReconsiderations@cms.hhs.gov
      • To submit a reconsideration request or to ask other questions related to reconsideration.
  • CMS HQRP Quality Measures User's Manual (V1.0)
    • The User’s Manual, current as of January 12, 2016, contains information about the 7 current HIS-based QMs in the HQRP including descriptions of:
      • The record selection and measure calculation methodologies employed for each QM; and
      • The logical specifications for each QM.
    • This packet provides a brief overview of HIS requirements and processes.
  • CMS Hospice Item Set Manual (V1.02)  (6/3/15)
    • The manual provides guidance for completion and submission of HIS admission and discharge records. This is the latest version of the HIS manual and includes clarifications of HIS item definitions and expectations for use.
      • Note:  Changes outlined in V1.02.0 of the data submission specifications are not included in V1.02 of the HIS Manual. Changes outlined in V1.02.0 of the data submission specifications will be addressed by guidance released by CMS at a later date, closer to the implementation date of those specifications, which is 4/1/16.
  • Q & A Quarterly Updates

CMS Data Collection Resources

CMS Data Submission Resources

Updated: 5/29/2018