CMS has rolled out new tools for hospices related to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP).
A new “Introduction to the HQRP” two-part training course is now available.
Course 1: Getting Started with the HQRP and Public Reporting Provides a general overview of the HQRP and reviews the program’s use of three data sources: The Hospice Item Set (HIS), the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Hospice Survey, and the Medicare claims. Course 1 contains the following six lessons: 
  • What is the HQRP?
  • HIS and the HIS Manual
  • Timing and Maintenance of the HIS
  • HQRP Claims-Based Quality Measures
  • The CAHPS Hospice Survey
  • Care Compare and Public Reporting
Course 2: HQRP Data Submissions and Reports Provides an introduction to the HQRP data submission requirements and reports available to providers. Course 2 contains the following six lessons:
  • Getting Ready to Submit the HIS
  • HIS Item Completion
  • Successful Submission and Acceptance of the HIS
  • Identifying and Addressing Errors on the FVR
  • Overview of the HQRP Provider Reports
  • HQRP Useful Websites and Resources
Although the course lessons were designed to be completed in sequential order, you may jump to any topic of interest. Each lesson can be completed at your own pace.
Links to web-based trainings:
CMS has also released the 2023 Q1 HQARP Quarterly Q&A with select questions received by the help desk. View the Q&As here: