CMMI May Allow Second Cohort of Health Plans for MA Hospice Carve-In

Posted on Monday, October 19, 2020

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) is going to offer second chance for Medicare Advantage plans to participate in hospice coverage through MA. The start date for this second cohort would begin in 2022.

“In addition to a lot of the flexibilities that [CMMI] has had historically, we are also implementing a new hospice benefit where hospice will be part of Medicare Advantage,” Brad Smith, the CMMI Director, said at the conference. “We’ve actually heard a lot of great feedback from this from our Medicare Advantage plans, and we’re even thinking based on the feedback we receive about potentially having another opportunity for folks to apply for 2022, if they’re interested in having hospice be part of the Medicare Advantage program.”

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