CMS Proposed Rule for Hospice.
Effective May 9, 2011, CMS to update the Medicare Hospice Wage Index for fiscal year (FY) 2012. This proposed rule implements the third year, of a 7-year phase out, of the hospice wage index budget neutrality adjustment factor (BNAF). This proposed rule also solicits public comment on a proposed revised methodology to calculate the statutory aggregate cap, a revision to the face-to-face encounter for recertification, and on quality reporting measures.
Hospices serving Medicare beneficiaries will see an estimated 2.3% increase in their payments for FY 2012. The estimated hospice payments are the net result of an estimated 2.8% increase in the hospital market basket, offset by an estimated 0.5% decrease in payments to hospices due to updated wage index data and the third year of CMS’ 7-year phase-out of its wage index BNAF.
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