Commenters note “dramatic impact” of proposed changes in hospice payment rule

More than 175 commenters shared their thoughts on the proposed hospice payment rule.

CMS accepted public comment on FY 2020 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements through June 18.

Comments weighed in on proposals to rebase payment rates, eliminate wage index lag, and introduce election statement modifications and an election statement addendum.

“The changes proposed by CMS for the FY2020 payment year are substantial in nature and will have a dramatic impact on most hospice providers,” The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) said in its comments.

Related links: Read the proposed rule at https://bit.ly/2VUqBQL and a fact sheet about the rule at https://go.cms.gov/2UuWFsW. View the comments at https://www.regulations.gov.