CMS Issues Revisions to Proposed Hospice Cost Report
November 25, 2013 09:26 AM
Very late last Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted revisions to the proposed hospice cost report that was made public for comment in April. The new revisions are subject to a 30-day comment period. CMS provides a crosswalk and list of changes to assist with review.
While it initially appears that CMS did not make many of the changes that hospice stakeholders recommended, a more thorough analysis is under way and additional details will be available in the near future.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its Hospice Association of America (HAA) will be gathering a group of experts to discuss the new version of the proposed cost report for its impact on the hospice industry and to assist in development of the industry’s response.
If this version is finalized, the instructions indicate that it will become effective for cost reporting years beginning on or after October 1, 2014.
Please note that these changes apply to freestanding hospices only. CMS will issue comparable changes at a later date for facility-based hospices. The revisions are posted online here.