Hospices Expand Inpatient Care, But Tread Carefully

Posted Saturday, April 23, 2022

In 2020, CMS enacted rebasing with a 2.7% payment increase in payments for three levels of care: general inpatient care, inpatient respite care and continuous home care. This came with a 2.7% cut to routine home care to maintain budget neutrality.

The reimbursement adjustment has allowed hospices to expand their inpatient care programs, according to Todd Stern, executive vice chair of AccentCare.

“We’ve seen an increase in people providing inpatient level of care. The rate adjustment certainly helps with that,” Stern told Hospice News. “We will continue to develop more and more of that capability as the needs of our communities and the number of communities we serve expand. The change of reimbursement was fair and thoughtful in allowing us to do that.”

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