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An Analysis and Commentary on Federal Health Care Issues by Larry Goldberg

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

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

The 129-page document is scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on May 8th. A copy is currently available at: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2018- 08773.pdf. This link will change upon publication. A 60-day comment period ending June 26th is provided.

CMS estimates that aggregate payments to hospices in FY 2019 will increase by $340 million, or 1.8 percent, compared to payments in FY 2018. CMS estimates that in FY 2019, hospices in urban and rural areas will experience, on average, 1.8 percent and 1.9 percent increases, respectively, compared to FY 2018.

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