Congress Members Call on CMS to Delay Hospice Carve-In

Members of the Ways and Means Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives are asking for a one-year delay for the VBID model hospice demonstration, known as the Medicare Advantage carve-in.

Reps. Adrian Smith (R-Neb.), Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) and Terri Sewell (D-Ala.) sent a letter to Seema Verma, administrator of CMS stating that hospice providers do not have time to prepare for the carve-in due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The demonstration is currently scheduled to begin Jan.1, 2021.

“We share a commitment to ensure all Americans including current and future Medicare beneficiaries have access to affordable, high quality health care,” the representatives wrote. “However, in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are very concerned the model could have the opposite effect by hindering access and diminishing quality of care due to the strain on resources all providers are facing, as well as the limited time available to operationalize the model by Jan. 1, 2021.”

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