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CMS audit examines Medicare payments for hospice care
Modern Healthcare

With Medicare spending on hospice skyrocketing in recent years, the program’s watchdog office says tying hospital payment more closely to the timing of patient transfers from the hospital to the hospice could have cut federal spending by as much as $600 million over two years. But those savings would come out of hospitals’ pockets. That’s prompting CMS officials to wonder whether making that payment change would drive hospitals to needlessly prolong acute care in order to guarantee full payments, an audit report published today says.