CMS Finalizes Hospice Special Focus Program, 36-Month Rule

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized its 2024 home health rule, including the implementation of a hospice Special Focus Program (SFP). The rule also finalizes the proposed “36-month”rule for hospice providers. The requirement mirrors a regulation that has existed for several years for home health agencies. The final rule forbids any change in majority ownership during the 36 months after initial Medicare enrollment, including acquisitions, stock transactions or mergers.

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Source: https://hospicenews.com/2023/11/01/cms-finalizes-hospice-special-focus-program-36-month-rule

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