CMS Launches Hospice Compare
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS) has launched Hospice Compare as part of a larger initiative aimed at helping consumers make more informed decisions about the healthcare they choose. The site shows hospice specifics and national averages on seven measures focused on patient preferences, managing pain and treating symptoms, with more to coming at a future date.
Hospice Compare represents the latest portal in the CMS Compare family of websites, which aims to offer consumers visibility into the performance of providers and information in their search for health care. Currently, the family includes compare sites in post-acute healthcare specific to nursing homes and home health care.
Users can search by hospice name or by geographical region (city, state, zip code) and compare up to three providers to see how each measure against national data, as well as each other. The information in hospice compare is provided by over 3,876 hospice agencies or providers.
While CMS has mandated that home health providers collect and submit patient and care data using the OASIS (Outcome and Assessment Information Set) assessment, hospice providers had no such requirement until 2014 with the launch of the HIS (Hospice Item Set). The HIS is typically captured using a hospice EHR software. It’s that data set which drives the information found in Hospice Compare, although the site will ultimately will include data from both CMS’ Hospice Item Set (HIS) and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey.
Visit the Hospice Compare site here.
If you’re a hospice provider and need to update your information, you can do that here.