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Information on hospice, including memos and rules from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), information on the Conditions of Participation, information from MedPAC, and legislative, funding, and regulatory updates.

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FY 2016 Hospice Payment Final Rule Initiates Major Change in Reimbursement

CMS released the Medicare Program; FY 2016 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements final rule that will increase payments to hospice by $160 million in fiscal year 2016, or 1.1 percent more than the previous year.LeadingAge is pleased that CMS listened to our comments concerning the importance of including the service intensity add-on for hospice patients residing in a nursing or skilled nursing facility during their last week of life.

Hospice Drug Rule Revised by CMS

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released Part D Payment for Drugs for Beneficiaries Enrolled in Medicare Hospice, a notice that encourages sponsors to place beneficiary-level prior-authorization requirements on only 4 categories of prescription drugs identified in a June 2012 Office of Inspector General (OIG) Report:

Hospice: Medicare Care Choices Demonstration

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is moving forward with the Medicare Care Choices Demonstration. This new model came out of the Affordable Care Act, and will allow Medicare beneficiaries in hospice to receive treatments aimed at helping them improve their medical condition at the same time that they receive palliative care, as well as end of life care.

Not-for-Profit Difference in Hospice Care: Washington Post Coverage

The most recent installment in The Washington Post’s "Dying and Profits: The Evolution of Hospice" series summarizes a few key differences between noprofit and for-profit hospice providers.

OIG Report: Hospices Target Assisted Living

A Jan. 14, 2015, Office of the Investigator General Report indicates that hospices have financial incentives to target Medicare beneficiaries that reside in assisted living who have certain diagnoses and are likely to have long stays.