Palliative Care Growth a 2020 Priority

The palliative care field can expect to see continued growth during 2020 despite the lack of a dedicated Medicare payment model, a continued need to raise public awareness, and ongoing staffing shortages.  About half of the community-based palliative care providers in the United States are hospices, according to recent research from the Center to Advance […]

CMS Accepting Applications for Medicare Advantage Hospice Carve-In

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a Request For Applications (RFAs) for Medicare Advantage plans to offer the Medicare Hospice benefit to their enrollees in the Medicare Advantage Value Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model. The long awaited and much debated Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in demonstration is set to begin Jan. […]

Looking Ahead: Hospice in 2020

The hospice space is evolving and providers will likely spend much of 2020 girding themselves for more change, including movement towards value-based payment models, accelerating industry consolidation, and possible changes to reimbursement, among others. At the forefront of many hospice leaders’ minds will be how they should gear up for the Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in […]

Hospices Can Now Apply to Primary Care First Direct Contracting Models

Hospice and palliative care providers may now apply to participate in the direct contracting payment models that exist under the auspices of the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Primary Care First Initiative. The direct contracting options include three voluntary payment models that are designed to help CMS and health care providers reduce […]

CMS: Hospices Can Now Apply to Primary Care First

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has opened the online application period for the Primary Care First payment models. The agency announced the program in April and will implement the models in phases beginning in January 2021, initially in 26 regions throughout the United States. Hospices and palliative care organizations are eligible […]

CMS Primary Cares to Include New Track for High-Cost Patients

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is planning to implement a payment model within its Primary Cares Initiative that would address the needs of patients associated with the highest health care costs. Few details about the model are available as the agency has not yet publicly announced the program. The program would […]

Engaging Faith Groups Supports Hospice Outreach

Hospices that engage with religious leaders and faith communities can boost their public outreach to bring patients into hospice earlier, promote advance care planning as well as increasing market share among unserved populations.  Hospices nationwide work with faith communities to educate the public about the benefits of hospice care and to provide spiritual care to […]

CMMI Strategy Officer: Private Sector Will Emulate Primary Care First

A key goal of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation’s (CMMI) Primary Care First payment models is to create a “spectrum of models” to support patients suffering from serious illness from diagnosis through end of life. In addition to these government programs, the agency foresees that health care providers — including hospice and palliative care […]