CMS Finalizes Hospice Item Set

By: VNAA Policy Team on 4/15/2014

On April 8, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the Hospice Item Set (HIS) Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) package. The final, OMB-approved versions of the HIS (HIS-Admission and HIS-Discharge) are available for provider download on the HIS portion of the CMS HQRP website. OMB made no changes during the review.

Providers should refer to the OMB approved versions of the HIS as they prepare for HIS implementation. All Medicare-certified hospices will be required to submit a HIS-Admission record and a HIS-Discharge record for each patient admission on or after July 1, 2014.

Data submission specifications developed to support the submission of the HIS. The final data submission specifications are now available on the HIS Technical Information website in the “Downloads” section at the bottom. Please disregard any previous versions of the data specifications. These specifications detail the requirements for the submission of HIS records.

To download the HIS click here.