For fiscal 2013, the first year of its hospice quality- reporting program, the CMS is requiring hospices to report data on two measures:
NQF 0209- Comfortable Dying Measure
Developed by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and endorsed by the National Quality Forum, this indicator measures whether patients who reported being uncomfortable because of pain at their initial assessment after admission to hospice had their pain brought to a comfortable level within 48 hours.
Structural/ qapi Measure
This measure reflects whether hospices have an internal quality assessment and performance- improvement program, or QAPI, in place during the fourth quarter of 2012. That QAPI program must include at least three patientcare- related indicators.