CMS Proposes Update to Medicare Hospice Payment Rates and Wage Index for Fiscal Year 2016

  • 30 Apr, 2015
  • Chris Roode

“CMS issued a proposed rule (CMS-1629-P) that would update the Medicare hospice payment rates and wage index for fiscal year 2016. The proposed hospice payment rule reflects the ongoing efforts of CMS to support beneficiary access to hospice care. As proposed, hospices would see an estimated 1.3 percent ($200 million) increase in their payments for FY 2016. CMS is proposing two routine home care rates, in a budget-neutral manner, to provide separate payment rates for the first 60 days of care and care beyond 60 days. The proposed reform seeks to recognize the lower cost of care for very long stay patients and ensure that hospices are properly enrolling beneficiaries that meet the benefit criteria. In addition to the two routine home care rates, CMS is proposing a service intensity add-on payment that would help to promote and compensate for the provision of skilled visits at end of life.”

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