CMS Issues Technical Corrections to Final FY2016 Hospice Payment Rule
October 1, 2015 04:44 PM
On September 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted for public inspection at the Office of the Federal Register “Medicare Program; FY2016 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements; Correction”; this notice makes minor corrections to the final FY2016 Hospice payment rule that was published on August 6.
The most significant of the corrections relates to a data element in Table 25 on page 47182 (FY2016 Hospice Payment Rates for CHC, IRC, and GIP for Hospices that DO NOT Submit the Required Quality Data); CMS published an hourly rate of $38.67 for Continuous Home Care (CHC), but the correct rate is $38.59.
Elsewhere, CMS corrected references to tables on pages 47203 and 47205; a reference on 47203 to Table H1 SHOULD have read “Table 29), while a reference on page 47205 that read “Table H2” should have read “Table 30”.