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Hospice Monitoring Report

The Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) hospice benefit provides palliative services for pain and symptom management, as well as emotional and spiritual supportive services, to beneficiaries who are terminally ill with a prognosis of six months or less. Within this monitoring report (PDF) we examine who is using the Medicare FFS hospice benefit and how it is being used. Specifically, we focus on hospice utilization from Federal Fiscal Years (FYs) 2019 – 2023.

Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model: Hospice Benefit Component

As of January 1, 2021, participating Medicare Advantage Organizations can include the Medicare hospice benefit in their Part A benefits package. Visit the Hospice Benefit Component webpage for more information.

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

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09/28/2023 11:31 AM