More than five years after enactment of the ACA, CMS is finally now exploring payment for hospice concurrent with payment for curative treatment.Under current payment rules, Medicare and dual eligible beneficiaries are required to forgo curative care in order to receive services under the Medicare or Medicaid Hospice Benefit.
Through the Medicare Care Choices Model, CMS will provide a new option for Medicare beneficiaries to receive palliative care services from certain hospice providers while concurrently receiving services provided by their curative care providers.
There are 141 hospices participating in the Medicare Care Choices Model. CMS will evaluate whether providing hospice services can improve the quality of life and care received by Medicare beneficiaries, increase patient satisfaction, and reduce Medicare expenditures.
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