FY2024 Hospice Medicare and Medicaid Base Rates – At a Glance

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–Hospice Medicare FY2024 Pricer Now Available Beginning October 1, 2023, hospice base payment rates will increase by 3.1 percent, as published in the final FY 2024 Hospice Payment Rule.  As is customary, the Medicaid program waits until Medicare rates are finalized to issue guidance on the applicable corresponding hospice payment rates. The Centers for Medicare […]

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CMS Sets Hospice Payment Update at 3.8 Percent FY2023

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Finalizes Mitigation Policy for Significant Wage Index Losses Responds to Comments on the Hospice Quality Reporting Program, Special Focus Program, and Requests for Information Look for a NAHC webinar on the FY2023 Hospice Payment Update in the coming days! On Wednesday, July 27, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Medicare Program; FY […]

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CMS Sets Hospice Payment Update at 3.8 Percent FY2023

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Finalizes Mitigation Policy for Significant Wage Index Losses Responds to Comments on the Hospice Quality Reporting Program, Special Focus Program, and Requests for Information Look for a NAHC webinar on the FY2023 Hospice Payment Update in the coming days! On Wednesday, July 27, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Medicare Program; FY […]

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CMS Sets Hospice Payment Update at 3.8 Percent FY2023

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Finalizes Mitigation Policy for Significant Wage Index Losses Responds to Comments on the Hospice Quality Reporting Program, Special Focus Program, and Requests for Information Look for a NAHC webinar on the FY2023 Hospice Payment Update in the coming days! On Wednesday, July 27, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Medicare Program; FY […]

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Hospice Care Index Technical Report Released

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Abt Associates submitted the Hospice Care Index Technical Report to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The report provides context and descriptive analyses for the Hospice Care Index (HCI). The HCI is a new quality measure for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) that will be publicly reported on Care Compare in August 2022. The measure […]

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Hospice Care Index Technical Report Released

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Abt Associates submitted the Hospice Care Index Technical Report to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The report provides context and descriptive analyses for the Hospice Care Index (HCI). The HCI is a new quality measure for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) that will be publicly reported on Care Compare in August 2022. […]

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CMS Issues Final FY2022 Hospice Payment Rule and Quality Reporting Program Update

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Payment Update drops to 2.0%, “Labor Shares” Undergo Slight Adjustment Late on Thursday, July 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule governing hospice payment and policy changes for fiscal year 2022 (FY2022). While the final rule does not stray far from that proposed on April 8, there are some changes: […]

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Recovery Audit Contractor Adds Continuous Home Care Issue

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The Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC), Performant, added a hospice issue this month to the list of CMS-approved issues, Issue 0201 – Hospice Continuous Home Care: Medical Necessity and Documentation Requirements. The review will determine if hospice Continuous Home Care (CHC) services were reasonable and necessary to achieve palliation and management of the patient’s acute medical […]

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MedPAC Discusses Future Directions in Hospice Payment Reforms

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–Seeks Solution for Long-Stay Incentives and Troublesome Utilization Patterns On October 1, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) began discussions of future directions for hospice payment policy. Hospice has undergone payment changes in recent years, including creation of a two-tiered payment system for Routine Home Care (RHC) and more recent recalibration of payments between the […]

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FY2021 Hospice Medicare and Medicaid Base Rates – At a Glance

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Beginning October 1, 2020, hospice base payment rates will increase by 2.4 percent, as published in the final FY2021 Hospice Payment Rule.  As is customary, the Medicaid program waits until Medicare rates are finalized to issue guidance on the applicable corresponding hospice payment rates.  The Medicaid Financial Management Group recently issued a memorandum containing the […]

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MedPAC Supports Hospice Rebasing, Election/Addendum Requirements in FY2020 Proposed Rule

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While the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) serves principally as an advisory body to the Congress, its role in oversight of Medicare payment policy means that it maintains an interest in annual payment and policy rules issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  MedPAC recently weighed in on the proposed fiscal year […]

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Don’t Miss this Webinar on Proposed Hospice Payment Rule and Medicare Advantage

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will hold a webinar to address the big concerns in hospice today – the proposed FY2020 hospice payment rule and plans to “test” hospice aspart of the Medicare Advantage benefit package starting in 2021. This webinar, Key Issues in Hospice Policy: The Proposed FY2020 Hospice Payment Rule […]

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