CMS Issues Final FY2022 Hospice Payment Rule and Quality Reporting Program Update

Payment Update drops to 2.0%, “Labor Shares” Undergo Slight Adjustment Late on Thursday, July 29, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule governing hospice payment and policy changes for fiscal year 2022 (FY2022). While the final rule does not stray far from that proposed on April 8, there are some changes:…

NAHC Applauds Passage of Key Legislation to Curb Opioid Epidemic

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) commends the United States Senate for passing The SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, a bipartisan bill which contains a wide array of initiatives to address America’s overwhelming opioid crisis. The bill now heads to President Donald J. Trump for his signature. Among the many provisions…

Congressional Conferees Finalize Agreement on Opioid Package with Hospice Disposal Provisions

–Legislation likely to be enacted prior to midterm elections For the last 18 months, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has been deeply involved in discussions with offices in the Senate and House of Representatives on a provision included in the final opioids legislation package that authorizes hospice personnel to dispose of…

CMS Administrator Touts Red Tape Relief Efforts at Public Release of Proposed Regulatory Reforms (Part 1)

Please see Part 2 of this article, which focuses more on home health issues. –Long-awaited Release Contains Hospice CoP and Emergency Preparedness Revisions On Monday, September 17, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma held a public event at a hospital in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area  to roll out a long-awaited…