CMS to Announce Hospices Selected for MCCM in early 2015
December 22, 2014 01:48 PM
On Friday, December 19, the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) announced that it is still conducting its review process of the many hospice programs that have applied to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM).
In order to ensure that the model serves diverse geographic areas - rural and urban - and includes hospices of all sizes, CMS will not announce the selected hospice programs until some time early in 2015. CMS previously indicated to the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) that it intended to announce the selected programs by late Fall 2014.
On March 18, CMS announced the launch of the MCCM, under which as many as 30 Medicare-certified hospices will be selected to provide palliative support services in the form of routine home care (RHC) and inpatient respite to patients with advanced cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, and HIV/AIDS who meet hospice eligibility requirements.
The call for applications generated a great deal of interest. Applications were due on June 19.
For additional information about the MCCM, please access the following links:
Medicare Care Choices Model
Previous NAHC Report coverage:
CMS Launches “Concurrent Care” Demonstration
CMS Posts New FAQs on Medicare Care Choices Model for Hospice-Eligible Patients