NAHC Responds to the FY2023 Hospice Payment Rate Update

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Thomas Threlkeld
Director of Communications, NAHC
202-547-7424/tom@nahc.org

NAHC Responds to the FY2023 Hospice Payment Rate Update

WASHINGTON, DC, July 27, 2022 – On July 27, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Hospice Payment Rate Update final rule to update Medicare hospice payments, wage index, quality reporting programs, and policies.

“While we believe the 3.8 percent update will be helpful in addressing the financial pressures hospices are experiencing, we have continuing concerns that it will not fully address current cost inflation and will seek support for further increases that would cover the increasing labor and other costs affecting hospice providers,” said William A. Dombi, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). “We also fully support CMS’ actions to finalize the 5 percent cap on wage index decreases from one year to the next but are disappointed that CMS did not address the significant reductions that affected many hospices in 2022 that are not remedied by a prospective application of the cap at this point.”

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About National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC)

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is the voice of home care and hospice. NAHC represents the nation’s 33,000 home care and hospice providers, along with the more than two million nurses, therapists, and aides they employ. These caregivers provide vital services to Americans who are aged, disabled, and ill. Some 12 million patients depend on home care and hospice providers, who depend on NAHC for the best in advocacy, education, and information. NAHC is a nonprofit organization that helps its members maintain the highest standards of care. To learn more, visit nahc.org