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News by Topic: Hospice and palliative care

Apr 25, 2023 - Notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) announcing that it will no longer publish new or updated Compliance Program Guidances (CPGs) in the Federal Register. All current, updated, and new CPGs will be available on the OIG website.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 20, 2023 - Announces the release of ownership data for Medicare-certified hospice and home health agencies following an Executive Order from President Biden. Data release will allow anyone to see ownership of more than 6,000 hospices and 11,000 home health agencies. Data includes not just current owner information but also information on mergers and other changes of ownership since 2016. Data will be updated quarterly.
Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Apr 17, 2023 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comment on the following information collections: 1) Manufacturer Submission of Average Sales Price (ASP) Data for Medicare Part B Drugs and Biologicals; 2) CAHPS Hospice Survey; 3) Elimination of Cost-Sharing for full benefit dual-eligible Individuals Receiving Home and Community-Based Services; 4) Annual Eligibility Redetermination, Product Discontinuation and Renewal Notices. Comments are due by May 17, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Apr 4, 2023 - Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the hospice wage index, payment rates, and aggregate cap amount for fiscal year 2024. Includes updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program; discusses the Hospice Outcomes and Patient Evaluation tool; provides an update on Health Equity and future quality measures; and provides updates on the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems, Hospice Survey Mode Experiment. Among other things, this rule also includes information on hospice utilization trends and solicits comments regarding information related to the provision of higher levels of hospice care; ownership transparency; and ways to examine health equity under the hospice benefit. Includes rural considerations throughout. Comments are due by May 30, 2023.
Source: Federal Register