Hospices’ 2024 Public Policy Priorities 

Hospices have been advocating for lawmakers and regulators to take action on curbing fraud, supporting veterans and bolstering the health care workforce. A group of hospice leaders recently participated in Hospice Action Week, a lobbying event held last week by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Hospice Action Network. In their […]

End-of-Life Care Delivery ‘Ripe for Reform’ in Rep. Blumenauer’s Hospice CARE Act

Development of the Hospice Care Accountability, Reform, and Enforcement (Hospice CARE) Act has signaled that a wave of change may be on the horizon in end-of-life care delivery – including how patients are certified to receive these services. Earlier this month Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) announced the landmark legislation at the Hospice News Elevate conference […]

NAHC, NHPCO Ink Deal Completing Affiliation

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) have announced the completion of their affiliation agreement. The affiliation joins two of the largest organizations representing, educating and advocating for home health and hospice providers that serve millions of disabled, elderly and dying Americans across the […]

CMS Revises Hospice Physician Enrollment Guidance to Avoid ‘Disruptive’ Impacts

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its guidance on the recently implemented hospice certifying physician Medicare enrollment requirement. The revisions were fueled by mounting concerns that the requirement posed potential compliance issues. The requirement stipulated that physicians who certify hospice services must enroll in or opt out of Medicare by […]

Breaking the Silence: The Mounting Need for Trauma-Informed Hospice Care

Traumatized and abused hospice patients and providers often experience an array of lingering physical, emotional and psychological effects that can fall into a silent abyss of unmet needs. Breaking down the barriers to stronger trauma-informed end-of-life care requires heightened awareness, legislative action and improved care delivery approaches. Some hospice providers have training and education around […]

CMS Delays Start of Hospice Physician Enrollment Requirement

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has delayed the implementation of hospice certifying physician Medicare enrollment requirements. CMS delayed the date to enroll in or opt out of Medicare until June 3 for physicians who certify hospice services. Stipulated in the 2024 hospice payment rule and part of the Affordable Care Act, […]

[UPDATED] New Hospices Cropping Up in Fraud Hotbeds Amid Ongoing Program Integrity Push

A new report is casting doubt on the heightened regulatory efforts seeking to curb fraud, waste and abuse from hospice agencies in select states. The questionable success of those oversight efforts is best reflected in the fraud hotbed of California, which continues to see a swarm of new hospices emerging and receiving federal funding, despite […]

Hospices’ Unanswered Questions: Filling the Research Gaps

Research around hospice care has come a long way. But data gaps exist when it comes to expanding understanding of some aspects of end-of-life care delivery. A range of researchers has amassed a growing base of data on hospice, with some common themes tied to quality outcomes, costs, length of stay and general inpatient care. […]

2023’s Most Impactful Hospice Regulatory Moves

Program integrity issues that have heated up in the hospice space during the past five years reached a boiling point in 2023. Hospice providers have seen an array of increased regulatory oversight in 2023. That momentum has been fueled by two main concerns among regulators — risks of patient safety and evidence of malfeasance in […]

Top Lawmakers for Hospices to Watch in 2024

Hospice providers will be looking to Congress in 2024 to address issues related to program integrity, quality improvement and industry-wide workforce pressures. As legislative efforts develop, hospices may want to focus their attention on a few key legislators. Though hospice is largely a community-based business, actions on the national level can have a huge impact. […]