In comments to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today, HCA focused on four principal areas of the proposed hospice rule for fiscal year (FY) 2022. These include:
- CMS’s hospice utilization data analysis and spending outside of the hospice benefit and other issues.
- Revision and rebasing of the labor shares of the hospice payment rates.
- Adoption of the 2018 Office of Management and Budget (OMB) hospice wage index statistical area delineations and the elimination of the 5 percent cap on wage index decreases.
- Proposed clarifying regulation text changes for the Hospice Election Statement Addendum.