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Medical Social Workers: CMS News Regarding Post-Acute Care Quality Reporting Programs, Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life

In February 2022, the National Quality Forum (NQF) endorsed the claims-based measure, Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life (HVLDL) as NQF #3645. NQF is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership-based organization that facilitates an evidence- and consensus-based approach to endorsing quality measures.

HVLDL reflects the proportion of hospice patients who received in-person visits from a registered nurse or a medical social worker on at least 2 of the final 3 days of life. HVLDL is the re-specified measure replacing the HIS-based Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent (HVWDII).

Public reporting for HVLDL will begin in May 2022 and will replace public reporting of HVWDII. More information, including a link to the NQF website, can be found on the HQRP Quality Measure Development webpage, announced the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).