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CMS Issues FFY 2014 Hospice Payment Update

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the final rule updating federal fiscal year (FFY) 2014 Medicare payment rates and the wage index for hospices. In the rule, CMS estimates that Medicare reimbursement will increase by 1 percent, or $160 million, for FFY 2014, which begins Oct. 1. The rule also makes changes to the hospice quality reporting program for 2014 and the future, including adding a Hospice Experience of Care survey in 2015. 

A link to the final rule, which will be published in the Federal Register on Aug. 7, is available at www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection.

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