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What's your take on CMS' 2017 Hospice Proposed Rule?

Beth Noyce

What's your take on CMS' 2017 Hospice Proposed Rule?

Submit your comments here if you see things in hospice differently than does CMS' proposals and the rationale for proposals in the FY 2017 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements (FY 2017 Hospice Proposed Rule) posted Thursday (4.28.16).

Your views could persuade CMS to write a more hospice-strengthening version for the FY 2017 Hospice Final Rule.

What's your view on these CMS proposals, and rationale for those proposals, in the FY 2017 Hospice proposed rule?

    • "We are proposing 2 new quality measures for the HRQP for the FY 2019 payment determination and subsequent years: Hospice Visits when Death is Imminent Measure Pair, and Hospice and Palliative Care Composite Process Measure-Comprehensive Assessment at Admission. . . .

       "Proposed Quality Measure 1: Hospice Visits When Death is Imminent Measure Pair

        "Measure 1—assesses the percentage of patients receiving at least 1 visit from registered nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants in the last 3 days of life and addresses case management and clinical care. . .

        "Measure 2—assesses the percentage of patients receiving at least 2 visits from medical social workers, chaplains or spiritual counselors, licensed practical nurses, or hospice aides in the last 7 days of life and gives providers the flexibility to provide individualized care that is in line with the patient, family, and caregiver's preferences and goals for care and contributing to the overall well-being of the individual and others important in their life.


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