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Breaking News: CMS to Test Hospice Carve-In Under Medical Advantage

Posted on Sunday, January 20, 2019 4:53 PM

Last week, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced the expansion of MA Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) model to include a hospice carve-in starting in 2021.  This change will hopefully allow for greater access to hospice services and facilitate better care across their health care team. 

“The American health care system is very different today than it was 13 years ago when the Medicare Advantage and Part D programs were launched in their current forms, but due to the slow pace of change in government, these programs have not been fully updated to reflect today’s realities,” CMS Administrator Seema Verma said in a statement. “Today’s announcements are prime examples of how CMMI can test policies to modernize CMS programs and ensure that our seniors can access the latest benefits.”

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