We successfully defended two agencies of a national hospice provider against Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) determination that the provider failed to meet Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) requirements for Calendar Year 2021. This alleged non-compliance by both agencies would have resulted in a 2% reduction in the provider’s annual payment update for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. Through the HQRP reconsideration process, Bass Berry & Sims successfully demonstrated that, despite guidance to the contrary, CMS’ non-compliance determination erroneously included timeframes in which each provider was not responsible for submitting HQRP, Hospice Item Set data. When such inappropriate time periods were excluded from consideration, both providers clearly satisfied HQRP requirements. Therefore, CMS reversed its initial determination of non-compliance and granted the provider the full FY 2023 annual payment update.