CMMI Working on Payment Models That Include Palliative Care

October 5, 2022

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) is working to develop to new reimbursement tools to for palliative care. To do so, CMMI is applying elements of its Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM) demonstration, which ended Dec. 31, 2021, according to a new CMMI white paper. MCCM was designed to assess the impact of concurrent hospice and curative care.

“MCCM beneficiaries ultimately appeared to have received better-quality end-of-life care according to established quality measures, such as spending more days at home at the end of life,” CMMI authors wrote in a report attached to the paper. “They also had lower average Medicare expenditures and acute care service use than beneficiaries in the comparison group, due in large part to increases in hospice use among model enrollees. Thus, the model provides important lessons for policymakers.”

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