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  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule (CMS-1675-F) that will update the Medicare hospice payment rates, hospice wage index, and cap amount for fiscal year (FY) 2018. As finalized, hospices will see an estimated 1.0 percent ($180 million) increase in Medicare payments for FY 2018. The final rule also discusses new quality measures and provides an update on the hospice quality reporting program.
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule (CMS-1675-P) that would update the Medicare hospice wage index, and cap amount for fiscal year (FY) 2018.  As proposed, hospices would see an estimated 1.0 percent ($180 million) increase in Medicare payments for FY 2018. This rule also solicits comments regarding the source(s) of clinical information for certifying terminal illness and proposes changes to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (Hospice QRP), including proposing new quality measures utilizing data collected in the Hospice CAHPS Survey.  Finally, the proposed rule discusses new quality measure concepts under consideration for future years, solicits feedback on an enhanced data collection instrument, and describes plans to publicly display quality measure data via the Hospice Compare website in 2017. 
  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule (CMS-1652-F) that will update the Medicare hospice payment rates, hospice wage index, and cap amount for fiscal year (FY) 2017. As finalized, hospices will see an estimated 2.1 percent ($350 million) increase in Medicare payments for FY 2017. In addition, this rule finalizes changes to the hospice quality reporting program, including new quality measures. The final rule also describes a potential future enhanced data collection instrument as well as plans to publicly display quality measures and other hospice data beginning in the middle of 2017, and includes information regarding the Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM).

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