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:…

MedPAC Discusses Future Directions in Hospice Payment Reforms

–Seeks Solution for Long-Stay Incentives and Troublesome Utilization Patterns On October 1, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) began discussions of future directions for hospice payment policy. Hospice has undergone payment changes in recent years, including creation of a two-tiered payment system for Routine Home Care (RHC) and more recent recalibration of payments between the…

Don’t Miss this Webinar on Proposed Hospice Payment Rule and Medicare Advantage

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will hold a webinar to address the big concerns in hospice today – the proposed FY2020 hospice payment rule and plans to “test” hospice aspart of the Medicare Advantage benefit package starting in 2021. This webinar, Key Issues in Hospice Policy: The Proposed FY2020 Hospice Payment Rule…

Can’t-Miss Webinar on Proposed Hospice Payment Rule and Medicare Advantage

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will hold a webinar to address the big concerns in hospice today – the proposed FY2020 hospice payment rule and plans to “test” hospice aspart of the Medicare Advantage benefit package starting in 2021. This webinar, Key Issues in Hospice Policy: The Proposed FY2020 Hospice Payment…

Hospice Billing and Eligibility Inquiry Notifications

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued two notices that are relevant to hospice billing and eligibility inquiries.  The notices are provided below: Hold Hospice Adjustments to Avoid Underpayments:  Since implementation of the two-tiered payment model for Routine Home Care (RHC) CMS has made a number of systems adjustments to ensure that…

Systems Change Scheduled to Correct Processing of Hospice Routine Home Care Payments for Patients Following Transfer

Starting in January 2016, Medicare pays two different rates for hospice services delivered at the routine home care (RHC) level of care, with a higher rate for the first 60 days of service. These 60 days are counted on a beneficiary level across any hospice benefit periods that are not separated by a 60-day gap.…