IN FOCUS: Hospice/Medicaid Issues

Hospice Payment Reform/Medicaid: In response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed hospice payment reforms that, by law, are applicable to fee-for-service Medicaid hospice benefits, there was widespread concern that hospices, vendors, Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs), and state Medicaid programs would not be ready for the anticipated Oct. 1, 2015, implementation. As…