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CMS Releases FY 2019 Hospice Wage Index, Payment Rate and Quality Reporting Requirements

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued a final rule that will update hospice payment rates, wage index values, and quality reporting items for fiscal year (FY) 2019.

The 138-page document is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on August 6th. A copy is currently available at: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2018- 16539.pdf. This link will change upon publication.

CMS estimates that aggregate payments to hospices in FY 2019 will increase by $340 million.

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