Hospice FY2011 Payment Notice and Physician Face-to-Face Encounter Proposed Regulation Issued

On Friday, July 16, two notices were made public that relate to payment and policy changes governing the Medicare hospice benefit. The first — “Medicare Program; Hospice Wage Index for Fiscal Year 2011 (CMS-1523-NC) Notice with Comment Period” — announces the annual update to the hospice wage index for fiscal year (FY) 2011 and incorporates…