The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with Abt Associates, Inc. to recruit experienced hospice providers and clinical staff to participate in virtual focus groups to provide input on the hospice patient assessment instrument. The focus groups will be conducted via webinar using the WebEx platform.
All interested participants with experience with the Hospice Quality Reporting Program or collecting patient level data will be considered based on their hospice role, knowledge, and experience with the Hospice Quality Reporting Program or completing patient assessments. Selection will take into account hospice type and location to ensure a nationally balanced representation of diverse hospices.
The complete, detailed Recruitment Announcement with the link for completing the Focus Group Application can be found here. This is also posted in the downloads section of the Hospice QRP Provider Engagement Opportunities webpage. Please complete the Focus Group Application by August 26, 2019.
If you have general questions about the focus groups and would like to contact CMS, please email Cindy Massuda, CMS’ Hospice Quality Reporting Program Coordinator, at Cindy.Massuda@cms.hhs.gov