Home Health

CMS proposes hospice rule changes to rates, CoPs, quality measures

CMS released several proposed rules late Thursday, including the FY 2022 Hospice Payment Rate Update.

“Despite the continuing public health emergency (PHE) generated by COVID-19, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pushing forward with significant changes for hospice,” the National Association for Home Care and Hospice noted in its initial analysis of the proposed rule.

That includes a 2.3% rate increase in FY2022 and an updated cap amount to $31,389.66. The rule would also make changes to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program, as well as changes to the Home Health Quality Reporting Program in order to meet a deadline for 2022 publicly reported data.

In at least one case, CMS is proposing to make one of the hospice Conditions of Participation waivers during the PHE permanent: allowing hospice aide competency testing with the use of pseudo-patients.

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Read the fact sheet from CMS.