As a result of rapid growth in hospice and palliative care, local, regional and national efforts are being made by healthcare leaders to promote quality and reduce variation in hospice and palliative medicine services. The AAHPM created this Quality Portal to provide quality measurement and improvement resources for palliative medicine clinicians and administrators across the nation. Within this portal, users will find measurement tools, guidelines, and peer-reviewed advice to develop quality measurement and improvement interventions for their programs.
We hope that you will find this web site helpful. Please use the contact form on the Quality Community page to submit suggestions and recommendations to improve the usefulness of this portal. Thank you.
CMS Quality Reporting
CMS Updates Information on Hospice Quality Reporting
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its Hospice Quality Reporting website to include information on the transition from the Voluntary Reporting Period to the First Year of Required Reporting. Click on "Spotlight & Announcements" for updates regarding program requirements and to access a "Hospice Quality Reporting Fact Sheet" (under "downloads" at the bottom of the page).
The National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care's Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care 3rd edition 2013 is available online.
To find standards, benchmarks, and clinical measures to use in measuring and improving program quality, go to Guidelines, Standards, Measures.
To find CME with a quality improvement focus (sometimes, but not always specifically in hospice and palliative medicine), go to: CME resources.
For suggested references and slide sets from selected presentations at AAHPM educational meetings, go to: Resources.
Opportunities to Participate in Quality Initiatives
On May 22, 2012, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute issued Funding Announcements in support of its National Priorities for Research and Research Agenda. Application guidelines can be found here.
To join in collaborative performance improvement projects targeting hospice and palliative care indicators, go to PI Projects to Join.
Items of Interest
The final report of the National Quality Forum project "National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care" is available to download.