CMS 2017 Final Rule for Hospice Published

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Hospice Final Rule for 2017 Issued

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule (CMS-1652-F) that will update the Medicare hospice payment rates, hospice wage index, and cap amount for fiscal year (FY) 2017. As finalized, hospices will see an estimated 2.1 percent ($350 million) increase in Medicare payments for FY 2017. In addition, this rule finalizes changes to the hospice quality reporting program, including new quality measures. The final rule also describes a potential future enhanced data collection instrument as well as plans to publicly display quality measures and other hospice data beginning in the middle of 2017, and includes information regarding the Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM).

Details for the Hospice Final Rule may be viewed HERE

Analysis to follow

Robert Love
Robert Love joined the home care and hospice community in 2001, straight out of graduate school in California, where he earned his MBA at UC Davis. Since then, he's ventured into the technology side, where he channels his passion for home care and hospice at DeVero
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