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Hospice

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: FY 2015 Medicare Payments Final Rule: 1.4% Increase

On August 4, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the FY 2015 Hospice final rule, which includes a Medicare hospice payments increase of 1.4% in FY 2015.

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:

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.