NAHC Seeks Dialogue with Hospices Involved in MA VBID Hospice Component Model

Beginning in January 2022, the Medicare Advantage (MA) Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Hospice Benefit Component model entered its second year of operation. Under the model, participating MA plans include the hospice benefit among their benefit offerings, as well as transitional concurrent care, palliative care, and hospice-specific supplemental benefits. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to operate the model for a total of four years (CY2021 through CY2024).

During the first year, nine MA plans participated in the model in 14 states and territories through 53 separate plan benefit packages (PBPs).  During CY2022, the second year, the model expanded to 13 MA plans (through 115 PBPs) operating in 22 states and territories.  In CY2022, that translates to a total of 461 counties in which the MA VBID Hospice Component model is operating across the nation.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is seeking to connect hospice providers participating in the model – either as in-network or out-of-network hospices — for individual conversations about their experience in the model. If you are a hospice that has served patients enrolled in the MA VBID Hospice Component model, we urge you to contact Theresa Forster (tmf@nahc.org), NAHC’s VP for Hospice Policy & Programs, to schedule a brief discussion of your discuss your experience.  Your participation will help NAHC assess the impact that the model may be having on hospice providers and the hospice benefit.

Following are the states in which the MA VBID Hospice Component Model is or has operated during CY2021 and CY2022:

  1. Alabama
  2. California
  3. Colorado
  4. Florida
  5. Georgia
  6. Hawaii
  7. Idaho
  8. Illinois
  9. Indiana
  10. Kentucky
  11. Massachusetts
  12. New Mexico
  13. New York
  14. Ohio
  15. Oklahoma
  16. Oregon
  17. Pennsylvania
  18. Puerto Rico
  19. Texas
  20. Utah
  21. Virginia
  22. Washington

Please note:  If you are a hospice provider and the VBID Hospice Benefit Component is offered in your state and you are interested in determining whether it is being offered in your service area, you must consult the list of PBPs for which CMS has posted a link HERE, sort by state and review the list of counties and zip codes where the PBPs are operating.

NAHC Seeks Dialogue with Hospices Involved in MA VBID Hospice Component Model

Beginning in January 2022, the Medicare Advantage (MA) Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Hospice Benefit Component model entered its second year of operation. Under the model, participating MA plans include the hospice benefit among their benefit offerings, as well as transitional concurrent care, palliative care, and hospice-specific supplemental benefits. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services…

Did You Miss These Webinars?

NAHC presented two important webinars last week, filled with essential information for hospice professionals. If you missed them, here they are now.

The Proposed FY2023 Hospice Payment Rule and Quality Updates – Register now

Bill Dombi’s Hospice & Home Health Update! – Register now

NAHC Webinar: The Proposed FY2023 Hospice Payment Rule and Quality Updates

On March 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed FY2023 rule providing guidance on projected payment rates for the coming year and forthcoming updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). While the rule addresses “standard fare” for an annual payment rule, CMS did include some policy proposals that will benefit the hospice community, including a proposed cap on wage index losses from year to year and plans to solicit input on a Hospice Special Focus Program through the formal rulemaking process.

NAHC’s hospice experts will discuss these issues and share some hospice data and insights from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC’s recent Report to Congress on Medicare Payment Policy.

Objectives:

  1. Discuss the proposed hospice payment rates and wage index changes planned for FY2023
  2. Describe forthcoming changes to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program
  3. Identify key policy issues in hospice care as outlined by MedPAC

Faculty:

  • Theresa M. Forster, VP for Hospice Policy & Programs, NAHC
  • Katie Wehri, Director of Home Health and Hospice Regulatory Affairs

REGISTER NOW!

Sponsored by NetHealth

 

 

 

Bill Dombi’s Home Health & Hospice Update!

Register: NAHC Home Health & Hospice Updates

As the nation continues to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress and regulatory agencies are ramping up health care reforms that include care at home. Focus has shifted from PPE and vaccines, to payment models, payment rates, program integrity, and quality of care.

During this webinar, NAHC President, William A. Dombi, updates the current legislative, regulatory, and policy landscape in home care and hospice. He will also address hot topics including business trends, progress on industry challenges, and where the opportunities lie for growth in 2022 and beyond.

During this session, Bill will also discuss:

  • The state of home care, home health, and hospice legislation and regulatory action since the end of 2021, with an eye toward midterm elections;
  • What is prompting the increased concerns on quality of care and where to start addressing them now;
  • The state of workforce staffing in both home care and hospice settings;
  • And more!

REGISTER NOW!

NAHC Seeks Dialogue with Hospices Involved in MA VBID Hospice Component Model

Beginning in January 2022, the Medicare Advantage (MA) Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Hospice Benefit Component model entered its second year of operation. Under the model, participating MA plans include the hospice benefit among their benefit offerings, as well as transitional concurrent care, palliative care, and hospice-specific supplemental benefits. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to operate the model for a total of four years (CY2021 through CY2024).

During the first year, nine MA plans participated in the model in 14 states and territories through 53 separate plan benefit packages (PBPs).  During CY2022, the second year, the model expanded to 13 MA plans (through 115 PBPs) operating in 22 states and territories.  In CY2022, that translates to a total of 461 counties in which the MA VBID Hospice Component model is operating across the nation.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is seeking to connect hospice providers participating in the model – either as in-network or out-of-network hospices — for individual conversations about their experience in the model. If you are a hospice that has served patients enrolled in the MA VBID Hospice Component model, we urge you to contact Theresa Forster (tmf@nahc.org), NAHC’s VP for Hospice Policy & Programs, to schedule a brief discussion of your discuss your experience.  Your participation will help NAHC assess the impact that the model may be having on hospice providers and the hospice benefit.

Following are the states in which the MA VBID Hospice Component Model is or has operated during CY2021 and CY2022:

  1. Alabama
  2. California
  3. Colorado
  4. Florida
  5. Georgia
  6. Hawaii
  7. Idaho
  8. Illinois
  9. Indiana
  10. Kentucky
  11. Massachusetts
  12. New Mexico
  13. New York
  14. Ohio
  15. Oklahoma
  16. Oregon
  17. Pennsylvania
  18. Puerto Rico
  19. Texas
  20. Utah
  21. Virginia
  22. Washington

Please note:  If you are a hospice provider and the VBID Hospice Benefit Component is offered in your state and you are interested in determining whether it is being offered in your service area, you must consult the list of PBPs for which CMS has posted a link HERE, sort by state and review the list of counties and zip codes where the PBPs are operating.

NAHC Webinar Today! The Proposed FY2023 Hospice Payment Rule and Quality Updates

On March 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed FY2023 rule providing guidance on projected payment rates for the coming year and forthcoming updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). While the rule addresses “standard fare” for an annual payment rule, CMS did include some policy proposals that will benefit the hospice community, including a proposed cap on wage index losses from year to year and plans to solicit input on a Hospice Special Focus Program through the formal rulemaking process.

NAHC’s hospice experts will discuss these issues and share some hospice data and insights from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC’s recent Report to Congress on Medicare Payment Policy.

Objectives:

  1. Discuss the proposed hospice payment rates and wage index changes planned for FY2023
  2. Describe forthcoming changes to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program
  3. Identify key policy issues in hospice care as outlined by MedPAC

Faculty:

  • Theresa M. Forster, VP for Hospice Policy & Programs, NAHC
  • Katie Wehri, Director of Home Health and Hospice Regulatory Affairs

REGISTER NOW!

Sponsored by NetHealth

 

NAHC Webinar: The Proposed FY2023 Hospice Payment Rule and Quality Updates

Wednesday, April 13, 1:00-2:00PM Eastern REGISTER NOW! Free to members! Sponsored by NetHealth On March 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed FY2023 rule providing guidance on projected payment rates for the coming year and forthcoming updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). While the rule addresses “standard fare”…

NAHC Webinar: The Proposed FY2023 Hospice Payment Rule and Quality Updates

On March 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed FY2023 rule providing guidance on projected payment rates for the coming year and forthcoming updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). While the rule addresses “standard fare” for an annual payment rule, CMS did include some policy proposals that will benefit the hospice community, including a proposed cap on wage index losses from year to year and plans to solicit input on a Hospice Special Focus Program through the formal rulemaking process.

NAHC’s hospice experts will discuss these issues and share some hospice data and insights from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC’s recent Report to Congress on Medicare Payment Policy.

Objectives:

  1. Discuss the proposed hospice payment rates and wage index changes planned for FY2023
  2. Describe forthcoming changes to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program
  3. Identify key policy issues in hospice care as outlined by MedPAC

Faculty:

  • Theresa M. Forster, VP for Hospice Policy & Programs, NAHC
  • Katie Wehri, Director of Home Health and Hospice Regulatory Affairs

REGISTER NOW!

Sponsored by NetHealth

 

NAHC Webinar: The Proposed FY2023 Hospice Payment Rule and Quality Updates

Wednesday, April 13, 1:00-2:00PM Eastern REGISTER NOW! Free to members! Sponsored by NetHealth On March 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed FY2023 rule providing guidance on projected payment rates for the coming year and forthcoming updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP). While the rule addresses “standard fare”…

NAHC Webinar: Final Hospice Survey Reforms: Implications for Providers

Friday, November 5, 2021 Noon to 1:00PM Eastern REGISTER NOW Free to NAHC members! In late 2020 Congress enacted significant changes to the hospice survey process, including creation of a “Special Focus” program for poor performing hospice providers, expansion of the remedies that CMS can use to penalize seriously deficient hospices, and requirements that CMS…

New NAHC Webinar: What the 2022 Hospice Final Rule Means for Payment & Quality

Wednesday, August 11, 2011 12:30PM to 1:30PM Eastern Register The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) will present an important new webinar, FY2022 Hospice Final Rule: What’s in Store for Hospice Payment and Quality Measures. The FY2022 final Hospice payment and quality reporting program update final rule was released on July 29.  While…