A Strange New World for Hospice Providers

November 3, 2022

By: Liza Berger

McKnights Home Care

Hospice is entering a new chapter. Among other developments, updated survey guidance, which is forthcoming, promises to create a harsher, more punitive landscape for hospice providers.

The guidance is based on the Hospice Act of 2020, which overhauled the survey process in hospice. Among other changes, the guidance will bring the special focus facility program for poor performers — now at play in nursing homes — to the hospice program. Accompanying that will be the potential for civil monetary penalties and payment suspension for noncompliance.

“Those are big-boy responses to noncompliance, to quality issues, that have never been a part of the hospice program,” said Davis Baird, director of government affairs for hospice at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, who talked about this during a McKnight’s Newsmakers podcast at NAHC’s recent annual conference. “They’ve been part of other Medicare programs. It’s almost hospice’s turn around the wheel … for some of this stuff.”

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