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CMS hospice rule would boost pay, add quality reporting
Modern Healthcare

The CMS has published a proposed rule (pdf) on the hospice wage index for 2012 that would increase payments to hospices by 2.3% next year. The rule would also establish a new quality reporting system that is required by last year’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In it, hospices would be required to submit quality data measures to CMS or else have their annual increase reduced by 2 percentage points beginning in fiscal year 2014.

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