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Rural Hospice and Palliative Care – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Hospice and Palliative Care.

Medicare Learning Network: Medicare Payment Systems
Provides general information about Medicare payment systems, including the Acute Care Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS), Hospice Payment System, Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment System, Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS), Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Prospective Payment System (IPF PPS), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System (IRF PPS), and Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System (LTCH PPS). Includes links to additional resources for each provider type.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Care Compare
Provides information on the quality of care, cost, volume of services, and other data for Medicare-certified providers. Includes data on doctors and clinicians, hospitals, nursing homes, home health services, hospice care, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, and dialysis facilities.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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State Operations Manual Appendix Z - Emergency Preparedness for All Provider and Certified Supplier Types Interpretive Guidance
Interpretive guidelines clarifying several provisions of the emergency preparedness final rule for Medicare- and Medicaid-participating providers, which affects Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and other rural facilities.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Hospice Regulations and Notices
Lists federal regulations and notices related to Medicare hospice payment, including information on annual payment rate updates. Contains copies of proposed and final rules, along with any relevant corrections, as published in the Federal Register.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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National Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Study (NPALS)
Biennial study that monitors trends in the supply, provision, and use of the major sectors of paid, regulated long-term care services. Covers inpatient rehabilitation facilities, long-term care hospitals, adult day services centers, assisted living and residential care communities, home health agencies, hospices, and nursing homes. Formerly called the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP).
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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PubMed Search: Rural Hospice and Palliative Care
Searches PubMed's collection of journal article citations on the topics of rural hospice and palliative care.
Type: Literature Search
Sponsoring organization: U.S. National Library of Medicine
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CMS Hospice Center
Provides information on regulations, enrollment and participation, billing and payments, and CMS Manuals relating to hospice services and benefits.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Last Updated: 10/18/2021