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Hospice Providers Will Receive 2.1% Medicare Payment Rate Increase for 2017, Totaling $350 Million

Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 2:55 PM

According to a final rule issued by CMS, hospice providers will be given a 2.1% Medicare payment rate increase for calendar year 2017, totaling about $350 million.
The hospice cap for 2017 will be $28,404.99, CMS stated in the final rule. The 2017 cap year begins October 1, 2016, and ends September 30, 2017.

The following new quality measures will be finalized in the rule:
• Hospice visits when death is imminent
• Hospice and palliative care composite process measure

Additionally, enhanced data collection and details about the hospice CAHPS survey will be included in the final rule.

“CMS is considering enhancing the current Hospice Item Set (HIS) data collection instrument to be more in line with other post-acute care settings,” the agency stated in announcing the final rule. “This revised data collection instrument would be a comprehensive patient assessment instrument, rather than the current chart abstraction tool.”

The final rule is expected to be available in the August 5 edition of the Federal Register and go into effect October 1, 2016.

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