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CMS Releases New Hospice Data

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released new hospice data collected by Hospice Item Set (HIS) and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems Survey (CAHPS) between July 2015 and June 2016. This marks the first publication of national hospice data by CMS.

The collection and release of this data is part of the development of, a website currently being developed by CMS, with a planned go-live date in the summer of 2017.  CMS anticipates developing a 5-star program for hospice over the next several years building on this data.

The CAHPS Hospice Survey information contains the national average “top-box” scores of Medicare-certified hospices on the eight NQF-endorsed CAHPS® Hospice Survey measures.  Top-box scores reflect the proportion of respondents who gave the most favorable response or responses for each measure. 

More information is available on the CMS Website

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