A Medicare model meant 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 disinterested in participating in it, according to a new federal evaluation.
Medicare hospice payment model fails its first year
The CMS five-year experiment, known as the Medicare Care Choices Model launched in January 2016. The model was created because Medicare previously didn't pay for hospice—which includes pain management, nursing care, counseling and respite care—until patients stopped treatment to slow or cure their illness, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Under the initiative, hospices receive a monthly payment of $200 to $400 per patient per month. Meanwhile, other providers can still bill Medicare for curative services.
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