CMS’ Proposed Revisions to the Hospice Cost Report for Hospital-Based Agencies now Posted Online
March 3, 2015 12:57 PM
The proposed revisions to the hospital-based hospice cost report were recently posted on CMS website.
On February 6, 2015, CMS published notice in the Federal Register that proposed revisions to the Hospital/Hospital Health Care Complex Cost Report will be made available for review, and providing a 60-day period for submission of public comments on the changes. These proposed revisions were delayed in posting to the CMS website. After the 60-day comment period closes, it is expected that CMS will announce a second, 30-day public comment period. CMS is determining whether to extend its comment period, which is currently scheduled to remain open until April 7.
NAHC and its affiliate, the Hospice Association of America (HAA) is planning to submit comments on the proposed revisions regardless of the final deadline determined by CMS.
As part of efforts to secure more detailed data from hospice programs to support payment reform, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been revising cost reporting requirements for hospices. The first set of revisions -- applicable to freestanding hospices-- significantly expanded reporting requirements and became effective with cost reporting years beginning on or after October 1, 2014.
Once CMS has completed review of public comments, it will issue final revisions to the Hospital/Hospital Health Care Complex Cost Report as a regulatory transmittal. The comment process will take a minimum of three months, although it could take several more months to complete. For freestanding hospices, for example, the time period for the cost report revisions from initial issuance until final release as a transmittal took approximately 16 months.