Update on Efforts to Curb Opioid Abuse and Impact on Hospice, Palliative Care

The increasing recognition that abuse of opioids and other controlled substances is growing at epic proportions has prompted policymakers at the state and – more recently — federal levels to explore a wide variety of options for addressing this crisis.  The Trump Administration and multiple Congressional committees have ongoing initiatives in this important subject area. …

Congress Eyes “Early Discharge” to Hospice Policy as Part of Extenders Package

On a routine basis, Congress must act on legislation to address expiring Medicare provisions or risk expiration of those policies; among these “extender” provisions is the home health rural add-on, which is currently set to sunset at the end of December.  While the broad outlines of an extenders package that includes a five-year extension of…