HOSPICE: CMS Proposes FY 2012 Wage Index and Cap Methodology Changes

A major regulatory issuance on a host of hospice issues — including the fiscal year (FY) 2012 wage index, the hospice face-to-face encounter requirement, changes to the per-patient hospice payment cap methodology, and a construct for reporting quality measures by hospice programs — was made public late Thursday, April 28 in proposed rule format. Concurrent…