POSTED ON MONDAY, August 3, 2020 

CMS issued a final rule that gives hospice payment rates a 2.4% increase for 2021.  This change equals an increase of $540 million in Medicare hospice spending.  They also said that they will keep policy changes to a minimum due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In recognition of the significant impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency, and limited capacity of health care providers to review and provide comment on extensive proposals,” an agency statement said. “CMS has limited annual hospice rulemaking required by statute to essential policies, including Medicare payment to hospices, as well as policies that reduce provider burden and may help providers in the COVID-19 response.”

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