CHA News Article

CMS Proposes Updates to Hospice Payment Rates

On April 27 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the attached proposed rule updating the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2018 payment rates and wage index for hospices. Overall, CMS anticipates that aggregate hospice payment rates will increase from FFY 2017 levels by 1 percent, or about $180 million. The proposed cap for FFY 2018 would be $28,689.04.

The proposed rule also specifies public reporting measures derived from the CAHPS Hospice survey, provides an update on the Hospice Quality Reporting Program and solicits comments on clarifying regulations on sources of clinical information for certifying terminal illness. 

CMS also releases a request for information to welcome continued feedback on the Medicare program and to solicit ideas for regulatory, sub-regulatory, policy, practice and procedural changes to support increases in quality of care and decreasing costs.