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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 (CoPs), information from MedPAC, and legislative, funding, and regulatory updates.

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Hospice Drug Rule Revised by CMS

On July 18, 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. This change in policy will significantly reduce the the challenges and difficulties present under the current full Prior Approval policy.

LeadingAge Submits Comments on Hospice FY 2015 Proposed Rule

LeadingAge submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on its FY 2015 hospice proposed rule.

Hospice: CMS Releases FY 2015 Proposed Rule

On May 2, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that addresses the (FY) 2015 Medicare payment rates and the wage index for hospices, the definitions of “terminal illness” and “related conditions,” the hospice notice of election, the notice of termination/revocation, the attending physician on the election form signed by the beneficiary, the Hospice Experience of Care Survey, the quality reporting requirements for the FY 2016 payment determination for new hospices, and cap determination. Public comments on the proposal will be accepted until COB Tuesday, July 1, 2014.

CMS Proposes Adoption of the 2012 Life Safety Code for Health Care Facilities 

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to amend the fire safety standards for a variety of Medicare and Medicaid participating health care facilities, including nursing homes, hospices providing inpatient services, and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) facilities. Comments are due to CMS by June 16.

RAC Audits Scaled Down by CMS

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on February 20 that it will scale down current RAC operations to complete all outstanding claims reviews and other processes before current contracts end. The Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals (OMHA) decided in January, 2014, to temporarily suspend assignment of most new requests for administrative law judge (ALJ) hearings for at least 2 years. Representatives ask for an "immediate reform" of the Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) Program.