Hospice Leaders Applaud MA Carve-In Approach But Also Voice Concerns
Posted on Friday, January 25, 2019 11:47 PM
For the most part, hospice leaders are pleased with CMS’ announcement to put a hospice carve-in for MA plans. However, there are some concerns about whether the hospice benefit could be weakened.
“Our main focus is: How do we make sure that consumers, patients, and families are assured of their access to hospice care in a transition to hospice that is at least as good as what they have now — and ideally better?” Edo Banach, CEO and president of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), told Home Health Care News. “Going forward, we’re going to be watching to make sure this is a plus and not something that detracts from care.”
Everyone can agree that they are pleased that CMS decided to roll it out via a demonstration first, giving everyone a chance to get it right before it goes live nationwide.
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