NAHC President Bill Dombi: Hospices in for a ‘Bumpy Ride to New Era’

The Medicare Hospice Benefit is ripe for change nearly four decades after its establishment, but moving the needle will include a heavy lift around evolving regulations. This is according to Bill Dombi, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). The hospice industry is undergoing tremendous changes amid rising demand and increased […]

‘Jury Is Out’ on Hospice CARE Act’s Proposed Payment Reforms

The hospice community is contributing input to the development of the forthcoming Hospice Care Accountability, Reform, and Enforcement (Hospice CARE) Act. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) is in the process of drafting the bill that, if enacted, would represent the most significant reforms to date for hospice payment and oversight. The legislation is currently in a […]

[UPDATED] Rep. Earl Blumenauer Plans Landmark Hospice Reform Bill

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) is drafting a landmark bill that, if enacted, would represent the most significant reforms to date for hospice payment and oversight. Blumenauer announced the bill, the Hospice Care Accountability, Reform, and Enforcement (Hospice CARE) Act, on Thursday at the Hospice News Elevate conference in Washington D.C. Though the bill language is […]

How Fraudulent Hospices Evade Regulators

A slew of fraudulent hospices in California are dodging consequences by shuffling patients around between provider numbers. That’s according to multiple sources who spoke with Hospice News, expressing their concerns about patterns of fraud continuing even as government regulators crack down on the sector. Since 2021, numerous media and government reports have emerged of unethical […]

Hospice Groups to CMS: Don’t Rush CAHPS Changes

Hospice industry organizations have voiced support for proposed updates to the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) surveys, but raised questions on the implementation timeline. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) included the updates in its proposed hospice payment rule for 2025. If finalized as written, the changes would take […]

LeadingAge: CMS on Right Track with High-Acuity Hospice RFI

The senior care advocacy group LeadingAge has praised the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) inquiries into high-acuity palliative care, but expressed concern over reimbursement and staffing issues. The agency’s 2025 proposed hospice rule featured a series of requests for information (RFI) on issues like health equity, social determinants of health and future […]

Study: Outpatients Prefer Palliative Telehealth over Clinic Visits

Patients with advanced cancer prefer to receive palliative care via telehealth rather than visiting a clinic, a recent study has found. During the pandemic, 67% of 200 surveyed cancer patients said that they favored telehealth over clinics. After the public health emergency ended, 61% of those patients still maintained a preference for virtual care, according […]

Congress Mulls Bill to Extend Hospice Recertifications by Telehealth

A bill currently before Congress would extend through 2026 regulatory flexibilities related to telehealth, including the ability to recertify patients for hospice care. If enacted, the Preserving Telehealth, Hospital, and Ambulance Access Act, would as of 2025 extend the flexibilities by two years. It also includes some exceptions. If a hospice is undergoing a period […]

Fraudulent Hospice Providers May Be Moving Between States

Fraudulent hospices continue to proliferate, and some may be moving between states to escape regulators. Beginning in 2021, numerous reports emerged of unethical or illegal practices among hundreds of newly licensed hospices, particularly among new companies popping up in California, Texas, Nevada and Arizona. Thus far, California is the only state to take action on […]

What Hospice VBID’s Ending Means for Palliative Care

The impending demise of the hospice component of U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ value-based insurance design (VBID) model has largely been met with a sense of relief by providers as they plan new initiatives for palliative care in 2025. Launched in 2017 by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), the VBID […]