The federal government is creating a new database, or “system of records,” to collect quality data from hospices. Collection of the data is required under the Affordable Care Act.

The database is named the “Hospice Item Set System,” known as HIS. According to a published notice, “HIS is a standardized, patient-level data collection vehicle consisting of data elements confirming that the appropriate assessments were made and inquiries or concerns were addressed for each patient at the time of admission for the following domains of care: 1) Pain, 2) respiratory status, 3) medications, 4) patient preferences, and 5) beliefs and values.”

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