Alpha Test for the Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE) Assessment Instrument

From CMS’ Open Door Forum:

“Abt Associates is currently recruiting hospice providers to participate in a field test (called an alpha test) of the new hospice patient assessment instrument, titled Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation (HOPE). Data collection is anticipated to begin in late spring 2020.

The detailed recruitment announcement with additional information about the alpha test is available on CMS’s Hospice QRP Provider Engagement Opportunities webpage.

Those interested in participating, please follow this survey link to complete the HOPE alpha test interest form.

Recruitment begins 11/22/2019 and ends 2/21/2020. We will notify each applicant on or about 3/5/2020 whether they have or have not been selected to participate in the HOPE alpha test.

We are seeking a representative group of hospices, with a range of characteristics, including ownership (profit, nonprofit); and rurality (urban, rural, both). Our goal is to include hospices that provide care for a wide range of patient populations, including people with cancer and non-cancer diagnoses, for example.

The HOPE development work is under CMS contract number 75FCMC18D0014 and task order number 75FCMC19F0001.”