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CMS announces hospice payment increase
Modern Healthcare

The CMS issued a notice that hospice Medicare payments will rise about 0.9% in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. Because the reimbursement change is based on existing policies, there will not be a proposed or final rule issued, a CMS spokeswoman said. The CMS came up with the number by applying a 1.6% inflation increase and a reduction of 0.7% that is based on updated wage-index data and a phaseout of a wage-index budget-neutrality adjustment factor.