I am excited to report that I’ve joined forces with 21st Century Healthcare Consultants in developing a comprehensive Hospice Start Up Program. I’ve long been impressed with their work in the home health industry and when the company started discussing the addition of hospice to their line of offerings, if they could just find the right person a..a.we’ll, obviously I’m THE right person!
The program will consist of all the necessary program materials as well as 3 days of on site consulting from yours-truly. This includes not only the critical education in the hospice industry and managing financial and clinical outcomes but also practical aspects of how to meet regulatory requirements of developing a bereavement program, a volunteer program, running an efficient interdisciplinary group meeting, executing contracts with required inpatient and respite facilities, the medical director, durable medical equipment and pharmacy.
If you follow my blog, or if you have ever met me you know that my personal mission in life is “keeping people out of the (insert expletive) hospital!”
I’m finding this partnership is definitely an opportunity to evangelize the gift of hospice and assist those similarly inspired to provide the highest quality end of life care.
For more information about the program, visit http://www.1stproviders.com/about-us
2014 is bringing many changes to the hospice industry. Outcome reporting is looking a lot like OASIS reporting and software selection is going to prove crucial in managing those changes.
I am so pleased to announce that I am returning to CHAP and consulting after a year in the “real world”. I have learned so much.
I plan to return to CHAP in January (they have tablets now!!) and am looking forward to seeing many of my old friends and making new ones.
Please consult the Consulting Services tab for a comprehensive menu of services provided. I can also do survey prep (a one day on site prior to committing to patients) and help to strategize minimizing the start up costs associated with admitting too many or too costly patients while providing charity care.
Another discussion that I can assist with is initial marketing strategy, software selection, contract negotiations and leadership selection and training.
I look forward to hearing from those of you considering hospice as a business as well as a calling as well as from those of you who have served tirelessly and need to update your knowledge base to current regulatory standards.
Now at least it’s only a few pages long (OASIS is about 18) but we have to submit this quality data within 30 days of admission and 30 days of discharge. Do you know how?
Please contact me at carolandersonRN@gmail.com and let me know if your hospice software is submitting this data for you!!!! I am developing a list!
The instructions below area copied directly from CMS at http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/HIS-Technical-Information.html
Registration for Hospice User IDs Now Available
Medicare-certified hospices will be required to complete and submit a Hospice Item Set (HIS) Admission record and a HIS Discharge record for each patient admission on or after July 1, 2014. The completed HIS records are submitted to the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) system. Hospice providers required to submit the HIS records must register for two separate user IDs – a CMSNet User ID and a QIES User ID. The online registration applications for the CMSNet User ID and the QIES User ID are now available.
CMSNet User ID
Each provider is allowed two CMSNet User IDs which allows access to CMS’ private network where the QIES systems reside.
The CMSNet User ID registration is an online, self-registration process. The Hospice CMSNet Online Registration application link is posted on the CMSNet Information page on the QTSO website at https://www.qtso.com/cmsnet.html.
Users must follow the registration instructions contained in the Hospice CMSNet Online Registration Instructions document available on the CMSNet Information page on the QTSO website.
Following successful completion of the online registration, the user will receive two emails from the firstname.lastname@example.org email address:
- Email #1 – contains the user’s CMSNet user ID
- Email #2 – contains the password associated to the CMSNet user ID, links to access the Juniper software installation document, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) and contact information
Once you have received the second email containing the password associated to the CMSNet User ID, you may begin the process of installing the Juniper communications software. Successful installation of the Juniper software allows you to log into the CMS Network.
Should you have questions while registering for the CMSNet User ID, contact the CMSNet Help Desk by:
Phone at (888) 238-2122
E-mail at email@example.com
QIES User ID
Once successfully logged into the CMS Network, providers will access a Hospice link. The Hospice link will allow users to access the CMS QIES Systems for Providers – Hospice Welcome page where the Hospice User Registration application link resides. The Hospice User Registration application is used by the hospice provider to register for the QIES User IDs. The QIES User ID allows users to access the Hospice Submissions System to submit HIS records to the QIES ASAP system and to the CASPER Reporting system to access the Hospice Final Validation Report and other valuable Hospice reports.
Each provider is allowed to register for two QIES User IDs. The QIES User ID registration is an online, self-registration process. The Provider User Registration User’s Guide that details the process of registering for a QIES User ID is available in the Hospice User Registration application.
Should you have questions while registering for the QIES User ID, contact the QTSO Help Desk by phone at (877) 201-4721 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are encouraged to review the Hospice technical training modules 1 (CMSNet User ID Registration Process) through 3 (QIES User ID Registration Process) prior to registering for the CMSNet and QIES User IDs. The recorded training modules are available on the QTSO website.