Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule

Posted By: admin August 5, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule ( CMS-1629-F (Display Copy) ) to update the Medicare hospice payment rates and wage index ( Final FY 2016 Hospice Wage Index [ZIP, 269KB] ) for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The final rule reflects the ongoing efforts of CMS to support beneficiary access to hospice care.  Hospices serving Medicare beneficiaries would see an estimated increase in payments of 1.1 percent ($160 million) for FY 2016. CMS is finalizing 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. In addition to the two routine home care rates, CMS is finalizing a service intensity add-on payment that would help to promote and compensate for the provision of skilled visits at end of life.  These two new policies will be effective beginning on January 1, 2016.

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