HOSPICE Act Would Increase Survey Frequency, Redesign Surveyor Training
Posted on Monday, February 17, 2020 2:42 PM
Recently, Legislation was introduced in the House to increase survey requirement for hospice to every two years instead of every three. Last week, Reps, Panetta (D-CA) and Reed (R-NY) introduced the Helping Our Senior Population in Comfort Environments (HOSPICE) Act, designed to bolster regulatory enforcement in response to two July 2019 reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG).
“The [Secretary of Health and Human Services] shall provide, not later than October 1, 2021, for the comprehensive training of state and federal surveyors in the conduct of surveys under this subsection, including training with respect to the review of written plans for providing hospice care,” the legislation proposes. “No individual shall serve as a member of a survey team with respect to a survey conducted on or after such date unless the individual has successfully completed a training and testing program in survey and certification techniques that has been approved by the secretary.”
The Congressional Budget Office predicts that this legislation could reduce Medicare spending by $23 million by 2025.
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