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Medicare hospice payment model fails its first year

Medicare hospice payment model fails its first year

By Virgil Dickson  |  September 20, 2018

A Medicare model aimed at patients who wanted hospice as well as curative care did not do well in its first year because hospice providers fled the program and doctors were not interested in participating.

Hospices getting $340 million Medicare raise for 2019

Hospices getting $340 million Medicare raise for 2019

By Virgil Dickson  |  August 01, 2018

The CMS has finalized plans to give hospices nearly double the raise they received in 2018. The agency will also make it easier to check data on the troubled Hospice Compare website.

CMS promises more accurate Hospice Compare site

CMS promises more accurate Hospice Compare site

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 08, 2017

Officials at the CMS say they are taking multiple steps to address accuracy issues on Hospice Compare and believe the site will be largely free of errors by early next year.

CMS: Hospice Compare site can't be trusted

CMS: Hospice Compare site can't be trusted

By Virgil Dickson  |  November 28, 2017

The Hospice Compare site has been providing inaccurate information to patients since its launch in August, and it's unclear when the issues will be addressed.

Q&A with Angood: Physicians face leadership role challenges in complex environment

Q&A with Angood: Physicians face leadership role challenges in complex environment

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 11, 2017

As policymakers, providers and payers continue to tinker with alternatives to an ailing fee-for-service delivery model, physicians are increasingly being called upon to help lead the transformation. Roughly 5% of hospital leaders were physicians in 2014, according to the American Association for...

CMS seeks to automate hospice selection process

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 31, 2017

The CMS will change an enrollment policy that prevented hospices from being reimbursed for nearly 90,000 days of end-of-life care for Medicare beneficiaries. That amounted to more than $14 million in lost revenue.

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