FY 2018 Hospice Final Rule Published

On August 1, 2017, CMS published the FY 2018 Hospice Final Rule. In the final rule, Medicare hospice payments, adjusted for inflation and other factors, will increase an estimated 1% or an estimated $180 million in 2018. This is in comparison to the 2017 final rule, which included a 2.1% increase, or $350 million, in payments.

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2015 Hospice Item Set Reminder

2015 Hospice Item Set: HIS Requirements
Hospices should be reminded that they must continue to submit 2015 Hospice Item Set data. Failure to submit HIS data during 2015 will impact your FY2017 payment.
CMS’ HIS contractor released the following notice regarding 2015 HIS data:
December 31, 2014 marked the close of the FY 2016 data collection cycle for the HIS.

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