CMS: Concurrent Hospice, Curative Care Now Effective for Children under Medicaid, CHIP Programs

States must now meet a requirement to make hospice and curative services concurrently available to children eligible for Medicaid and for Medicaid-expansion Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) programs, according to guidance (SMD #10-018; ACA #8) the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) issued Sept. 9 to state health officials and Medicaid directors. Hospice services are…