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CMS proposes 1.1% payment bump for hospices
Modern Healthcare

Hospices would receive a $180 million boost from Medicare in the next fiscal year under a proposed rule issued Monday. The proposed rule would provide a 1.1% increase in fiscal 2014 payments to hospices, which treated more than 1.3 million Medicare beneficiaries in the past fiscal year, according to the CMS. That boost is the result of the agency cutting a 1.8% increase by 0.7 of a percentage point to account for an ongoing change in the way hospice rates are calculated.