POSTED ON MONDAY, July 27, 2020 

Legislation is expected to be coming in the next week that would delay the implementation of the value-based insurance design (VBID) model demonstration, commonly referred to as the Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in, until 2023.

“[The National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)] has supported a delay to the hospice carve-in component of VBID since December 2019, when we and the Medicare Rights Center wrote to the administration seeking a delay of at least one year on behalf of beneficiaries,” Edo Banach, NHPCO president and CEO, told Hospice News. “We do not believe that this demonstration is ready and remain concerned about potential consumer harm. We are also concerned about making changes in the midst of a pandemic. Therefore, we support any effort to delay this demonstration. We look forward to continuing our work with the administration and Congress to improve access to high quality hospice and palliative care.”

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