CMS Releases List of MA Plans Offering Hospice under VBID Model in CY2022

On September 29, 2021, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the list of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans that will participate in the Medicare Advantage (MA) Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model during Calendar Year (CY) 2022, including those that will participate in the MA VBID Hospice Benefit Component, which began operation in January…

CMS Webinar: 2022 Requests for Applications for VBID Model and Hospice Benefit Component

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model team will host a webinar, 2022 Requests for Applications for VBID Model and Hospice Benefit Component, on Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 4-5 PM ET. The webinar was originally scheduled for Thursday, January 14, 2021, but was delayed. During this webinar,…

CMS to Provide Support for CY2021 VBID Hospice Benefit Component

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center’s Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model team will host its monthly office hours to provide technical and operational support to interested stakeholders. During office hours, presenters will answer questions received in advance to the VBID Mailbox and also offer attendees an opportunity to ask additional questions.…

CMS to Host Education on Hospice Benefit Component of Value-Based Insurance Design

  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center’s Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model team will host a technical support webinar to provide an overview of the Hospice Benefit Component Technical and Operational Guidance. Further, starting later this month, the VBID Model team will host monthly office hours for interested stakeholders to learn more…

CMS Issues List of Plans, Locations for MA Coverage of Hospice under VBID Demonstration Model

On Thursday, September 24, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the list of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans that will participate in the Medicare Advantage (MA) Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model during Calendar Year (CY) 2021 and information about the 2022 application process for eligible MA organizations.  Included among the list of plans…

CMS Issues Billing Guidance Related to Planned Test of Hospice-MA Carve-In

—Despite MA Coverage under Demonstration, Hospices Will Continue to Submit Claims to MACs As announced first in January 2019, starting in calendar year (CY) 2021 (and through CY2024) the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin a demonstration program under the Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) model to test coverage of hospice care as…

CMS Announces Hospice MA-VBID Model Webinar Series

In January 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced plans to test inclusion of the Medicare hospice benefit under the Medicare Advantage (MA) benefit package through its ongoing Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) MA demonstration program.  Additional details around the model were released in late December as part of CMS’ Request for Applications…

CMS Outlines Planned Payment for Hospice Medicare Advantage Coverage under VBID Test

In CY2021 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) plans to test coverage of hospice as part of the Medicare Advantage (MA) benefit package through its ongoing Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) model. (See this NAHC Report article for more information.)  A December 2019 Request for Applications (RFA) outlining of the model, participating plans must…

Open Door Forum Summary: Updates on iQIES Transition Update and Home Health & Hospice

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a Home Health, Hospice, & DME Open Door Forum (ODF) on January 8, 2020.  A summary is provided below, beginning with home health and followed by hospice. HOME HEALTH iQIES Transition CMS indicated in the ODF that it is aware of several issues with the iQIES…

CMS Gives Early Plans for Testing Hospice in Medicare Advantage

–Opportunities for Stakeholder Input, Additional Details Expected Over Coming Months On April 9, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a one-hour webinar during which officials from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovations (CMMI) provided a “first look” at plans for a test program under which Medicare Advantage (MA) plans participating in…