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OIG Releases Report on Hospice Election Statements and CTIs

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released a new study called Hospices Should Improve Their Election Statements and Certifications of Terminal Illness (CTI). OIG has stated that it is concerned about the election statements used by hospices and that physicians are not always involved in care planning, leading to hospices caring for patients who might not be appropriate for hospice care.

OIG reviewed a total of 563 election statements and found that 19% did not specify Medicare coverage, 12% of statements had missing or inaccurate waiver information; 9% were missing required palliative care information; and 4% had inaccurate or unclear revocation/discharge information¬—although OIG recognizes that the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual is unclear on this last measure of revocation/discharge information.