CMS Hospice Compare Site Provides Faulty Information To Consumers
In other news from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, providers continue to be confused by the agency's "meaningful measures" quality-reporting framework.
CMS: Hospice Compare Site Can't Be Trusted
A site developed by the CMS to help mortally ill Medicare beneficiaries and their families find hospices has been providing wrong information to consumers since it launched. The Hospice Compare site debuted in August and almost immediately providers noticed that it had incorrect addresses, according to Carol Spence, vice president of research and quality for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Phone numbers and profit status have also been flagged as wrong by industry. (Dickson, 11/28)
Providers Unsure That CMS 'Meaningful Measures' Will Reduce Burden
A month after CMS Administrator Seema Verma announced the new "meaningful measures" quality reporting framework as a way to ease physicians' regulatory burden, providers remained confused about the initiative's goals. Rather than replacing existing quality reporting programs, meaningful measures will be applied to them, so the CMS can make sure those measures align with the CMS' core tenets of quality reporting, said Dr. Pierre Yong, director of the CMS' quality measurement and value-based incentives group, in a webinar Tuesday. (Arndt, 11/28)