Looking Ahead: Hospice in 2020

Posted on Monday, December 23, 2019 1:45 PM

Hospices and providers spend 2020 preparing for more change, including working towards value-based payment models, accelerating industry consolidation, and possible changes to reimbursement, among others.

The most important item hospices will be figuring out how to prepare for the Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in demonstration, scheduled to begin in 2021.  

“I can’t stress enough that this has to be on the radar of any serious hospice or palliative care provider in 2020, depending on their geography and depending on the nature of their practice,” Edo Banach, president and CEO of the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) told Hospice News. “If hospices aren’t thinking about them now, they certainly should be thinking about them and how they can participate. This may very well be something that goes from being a small demo to a much larger indication of the direction of fee-for-service serious illness care.”

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