Congressional Activity Reflects Strong Interest in Palliative Care

A series of bicameral and bipartisan actions in Congress in recent weeks has signalled strong support for the expansion and strengthening of palliative care in the United States. As the population ages and more people live longer with greater disability and disease, policymakers are increasingly motivated to build out the palliative care infrastructure so that…

NAHC Submits Hospice, Palliative Care Recommendations for HCBS

Medicaid coverage of home and community-based services (HCBS) is, by far, the leading source of support for health care in the home for millions of individuals with disabilities and infirmities of all kinds.  This important area of health care has received notable focus in recent months, including as part of President Biden’s “Build Back Better”…

CMS Announces Further Delay of Primary Care First-Seriously Ill Population Model

Geographic Direct Contracting Model also under review On Friday, March 5, with little fanfare, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a further delay of its Primary Care First-Seriously Ill Population (PCF-SIP) physician payment model, a component of the PCF that has been closely followed by the hospice and palliative care community. PCF-SIP…

Third Evaluation of Medicare Care Choices Model Finds High Satisfaction and Savings

Last month the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its third annual report evaluating findings of the Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM).  Broadly speaking, the evaluation indicates that the model holds great promise – beneficiaries enrolled in the model were 20 percent more likely to enroll in hospice and entered hospice one week…