Posted on Monday, July 20, 2015 2:18 PM
Today, CMS announced the participants in a new model of care that empowers beneficiaries, their families, and clinicians by providing them greater flexibility in deciding between hospice care and curative treatment. The model is part of a larger effort by HHS to transform the healthcare system to deliver better care, spend money in a smarter way, and put patients in the center of their care to keep them healthy. The Medicare Care Choices Model provides beneficiaries who qualify for coverage under the Medicare hospice benefit and dually eligible beneficiaries who also qualify under the Medicare hospice benefit to elect to receive supportive care services typically provided by hospice, while continuing to receive curative services. The model is designed to evaluate whether Medicare and dually eligible beneficiaries would elect to receive supportive care services that are typically provided by hospice if they could also continue to receive curative services. Additionally, the model would test if providing both palliative and curative care concurrently impacts quality of care, as well as patient and family satisfaction. Click here to read more from HHS.
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