Hospice Compare goes live

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released Hospice Compare this week. The data published on the site represents data collected from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016. The measures released include patient preferences and managing pain and treating symptoms. CMS intends on publicly reporting eight CAHPS survey measures on Hospice Compare beginning in 2018, with scores based on eight rolling quarters of data. Hospice agencies must have at least 20 patient stays in order to meet the minimum amount of data for public reporting.