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New Hospice Item Set Implementation Guide Released by Weatherbee Resources

Downloadable resource helps hospices successfully prepare for July 2014 HIS requirements.

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Hospice Item Set: A Step-by-Step Implementation Guide

Hospice Item Set: A Step-by-Step Implementation Guide

We created a resource that guides hospices through the entire process, providing tools and resources to train and prepare staff as well as modify systems to be in compliance with the requirements.

Hyannis, MA (PRWEB) May 29, 2014

Weatherbee Resources has announced the publication of a new, downloadable resource, The Hospice Item Set: A Step-by-Step Implementation Guide, to help hospices navigate the complexities of this new mandatory process. This comprehensive guide provides tools and resources hospices need to implement the Hospice Item Set (HIS).

Beginning July 1, 2014, all hospices are required to implement the HIS, a standardized mechanism for abstracting data related to 7 quality measures from the medical records of hospice patients. Weatherbee's HIS guide breaks the process down into five functions and explains each one in detail: Collecting the Data; Abstracting the Data; Reviewing HIS Records; Converting HIS Records; and Submitting HIS Records.

"When I read the Hospice Item Set requirements and listened to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services HIS online training, I realized that many hospices would benefit from a systematized process to accomplish all the tasks necessary to implement HIS," stated Heather P. Wilson, CEO of Weatherbee Resources. "We created a resource that guides hospices through the entire process, providing tools and resources to train and prepare staff as well as modify systems to be in compliance with the requirements."

The Hospice Item Set: A Step-by-Step Implementation Guide includes tools that can be downloaded and customized, including a spreadsheet to track HIS deadlines, a tool to ensure the hospice documentation system captures the required information, and four customizable PowerPoint presentations for training staff. The downloadable manual can be purchased online -- http://www.weatherbeeresources.com.

"The HIS is the most comprehensive requirement yet for hospice quality reporting," stated Melanie Merriman, co-author of the guide and head of Touchstone Consulting. "Hospices will have to submit 51 data elements on every single patient. Even for hospices with a supportive EMR vendor, it will be critical to put systems in place to handle this workload. Our Guide explains how to set up those systems."

Read Weatherbee's numerous blog posts on the Hospice Item Set to learn more about requirements and find additional resources.

About Weatherbee Resources
Weatherbee Resources is the nation’s leading provider of consulting services exclusively for the hospice industry. Founded in 1997, Weatherbee has developed and delivered products and services to assist hospices with regulatory compliance, operational efficiency and best practices. Called upon to conduct forensic clinical record audits and testify on behalf of hospice providers, the Weatherbee team assists hospices in every stage of their compliance planning and implementation. In addition to consulting and developing regulatory resources, hundreds of hospices across the country rely on Weatherbee for its renowned Hospice Regulatory Boot Camps.


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