Thornberry and technology partner Deyta, are providing hospice agencies with support tools for the Hospice PEPPER Report and the new hospice quality measures. The support tools can be found in the Comfortable Dying Measure Starter Toolkit. These are free tools that helps hospice businesses accurately record patient information and calculate data elements that must be reported to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for all new hospice patients beginning October 1, 2012.
The Comfortable Dying measure is the first hospice quality indicator that must be reported to CMS in response to the Affordable Care Act. The support tools consist of hospice PEPPER Report User Guide, Excel-based tool includes data entry and reporting capabilities, as well as instructions, measure protocols and implementation details. It automatically generates the CMS-reportable data elements and calculates results monthly and quarterly. The Deyta Starter Toolkit also consistent with the data capture of Deyta’s Quality Navigator, a complete clinical quality measurement and benchmarking system, which facilitates a transition to more robust data-driven management beyond the Comfortable Dying measure. This combined with the robust hospice functions found in NDoc Hospice is a total solution for hospice providers.
As I was speaking with several hospice agencies, they have found the tools useful for data capture as a way to internally audit their compliance to the new regulations. Have you downloaded the hospice resource tools as of yet? If so, how are you using the tools for your internal audits? Let us know.