New Draft Legislation Would Make Big Changes to Hospice Program

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Earlier today, June 13, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) released a discussion draft of legislation that would make significant changes to the Medicare hospice program. The Congressman will be seeking feedback from stakeholders over the coming weeks. The draft contains primarily a mix of program integrity and payment changes, with a few other provisions related to […]

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Survey: Hospice Provider Experience Underscores Urgency of Program Integrity Effort

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Following a series of meetings with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Members of Congress on efforts to  improve and protect hospice program integrity, the four preeminent national hospice organizations – National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), LeadingAge, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), and the National Partnership […]

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Survey: Hospice Provider Experience Underscores Urgency of Program Integrity Efforts

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 12, 2024 Findings Reveal Current Audit Process’ Shortcomings (Washington, DC and Alexandria, VA) – Following a series of meetings with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Members of Congress on efforts to  improve and protect hospice program integrity, the four preeminent national hospice organizations – LeadingAge, the National […]

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CMS Addresses Benefit Integrity Issues in Hospice Care

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on its website on Tuesday, August 22, a renewed committment to battling what it called “fraud” committed by hospices at the expense of beneficiaries and the taxpayers, calling it a response to media stories alleging fraud within the Medicare hospice benefit. On the agency’s official blog, […]

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CMS Announces New Hospice Integrity Measures in 4 States

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Yesterday, NAHC and three other national hospice organizations met with leadership and staff from CMS’ Center for Program Integrity (CPI) and Center for Clinical Standards & Quality (CCSQ) to discuss the agency’s recent efforts on hospice program integrity (PI). Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), who is a longtime hospice champion and supporter, and one of the […]

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Key House Members Urge Agency Action on Hospice Program Integrity

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Representatives Beth Van Duyne (R-TX-24) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3), key members of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, recently crafted a bipartisan letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) asking that the agency more swiftly implement targeted actions to address program integrity challenges within the Medicare hospice program. The letter is […]

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NAHC & 3 Other Orgs Talk Hospice Program Integrity with CMS Admin

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The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and three other organizations – Leading Age, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), and the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI) – met with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure to share concerns and recommendations to address the […]

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