Legislation that requires hospice facilities to be inspected at least every three years quietly cleared the House and Senate this week. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the bill.
Previously, inspections could take place as infrequently as every eight years, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, which pushed for the legislation.
A 2007 report by HHS' inspector general's office (PDF) called for establishing federal guidelines on how frequently hospice facilities should be certified.
The bill, known as the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014, was sponsored by Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chair of the Ways and Means Committee. It cleared the House on Tuesday and was adopted by unanimous consent on Thursday by the Senate.