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HCA Comments on FY 2022 Hospice Proposed Rule

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.