All Medicare-certified hospices will be 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. Hospices failing to report quality data via the HIS in 2014 will have their market basket update reduced by 2 percentage points in FY 2016.
The HIS is being implemented as part of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). Hospices should visit the HIS website in order to access the Guidance Manual, training videos, and other resources. You may also wish to review the HIS Technical website for the final HIS data specifications and for additional technical-related material.