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Aug 4, 2021 - Notice of final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year 2022. Includes changes to the labor shares of hospice payment rates, updates to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program, and finalizes clarifying changes to the election statement addendum that was implemented on October 1, 2020. Among other things, this rule also makes permanent selected regulatory blanket waivers issued to Medicare-participating hospice agencies during the COVID-19 public health emergency public and finalizes changes to public reporting for the Home Health Quality Reporting Program to address exceptions related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Includes rural considerations throughout. This rule is effective October 1, 2021.
Source: Federal Register

Last Updated: 7/30/2021