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Spotlights
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule ( CMS-1714-P ) that updates the Medicare hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year (FY) 2020. This rule also proposes to rebase the continuous home care, general inpatient care, and the inpatient respite care per diem payment rates in a budget-neutral manner to more accurately align Medicare payments with the costs of providing care. CMS is also proposing to use the current year’s hospital wage index data to establish the hospice wage index. In addition, this rule proposes to modify the election statement content requirements to include additional information aimed at increasing coverage transparency for patient under a hospice election. As proposed, hospices would see an estimated 2.7 percent ($540 million) increase in Medicare payments for FY 2020. Finally, this rule proposes changes to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program.

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For questions about hospice payment policy, send your inquiry via email to: hospicepolicy@cms.hhs.gov.

 

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