Concurrent Hospice Care Demo Yields $26 Million in Cost Savings 

Posted on Monday, November 9, 2020

CMS recently announced in its Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM) annual report that the demonstration has reduced the agency’s costs by $26 million to date.  The demonstration, began in 2016 and will end in June 2021, is designed to test the efficacy and efficiency of providing hospice concurrent with curative care.

“The Medicare Care Choices Model is on track to be the sixth [Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI)] model to show statistically significant savings,” said Annie Acs, director of policy and innovation for the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). “The results show that concurrent care, and even an expansion of some of the requirements within MCCM, could make a meaningful difference in both the quality and the cost of end-of-life care.”

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