CMS Proposed 2021 Hospice Payment Rule: A Deeper Dive

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) recently proposed rule for 2021 hospice payment and Conditions of Participation contained no surprises, reflecting a business as usual approach that contrasts with the significant changes that were implemented for the 2020 fiscal year. The agency has called for a 2.6% payment increase for 2021 that would total an additional $580 million for the Medicare Hospice Benefit and a corresponding raise to the annual payment cap to reflect the higher amount. The pay raise, which adjusts for inflation, comes at a time when hospice providers’ financial resources are strained by expenses associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, such as rising prices and increased demand for supplies as well as paid leave for staff who were exposed to the virus, amid other costs.

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Source: https://hospicenews.com/2020/04/14/cms-proposed-2021-hospice-payment-rule-a-deeper-dive

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