NAHC Comments on FY2016 Hospice Proposed Payment Rule
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliates, the Home Care & Hospice Financial Managers Association (HHFMA) and the Hospice Association of America, unveiled a palliative care white paper. The white paper was formally presented at the HHFMA Financial Management Conference this week in Nashville, TN.
Palliative care is not well-defined and state regulations and payer requirements for it vary. Palliative Care (PC) and its “cousin,” Advanced Illness Management, answer a significant need of today’s health care system; however, the absence of a regulated model of care and reimbursement create both opportunities and challenges for home health and hospice organizations that provide this service. This white paper is intended to share concepts and experience for providers who desire to explore and develop their own PC program.
The white paper is a comprehensive resource that addresses everything an organization needs to consider related to palliative care – the context of palliative care currently and in the future, what to consider in developing a palliative care service and how to structure it, to payment and outcomes. There are a wide variety of palliative care services that are explored through the examination of four different existing models.
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