CMS Announces One-Year Extension of Medicare Care Choices Model, NHPCO Responds

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NHPCO President & CEO Edo Banach Invited by CMS to Represent Hospice Community on National Stakeholder Call Announcing CMMI Model Change

 On June 25, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center (CMMI) announced the extension of the Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM) by one calendar year, through December 31, 2021. Under the extension, participating MCCM hospice providers will be able to enroll eligible beneficiaries through June 30, 2021 and provide supportive services through December 31, 2021.

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization applauds the decision by CMS to extend this successful demonstration, which allows beneficiaries to receive curative treatment while receiving hospice care. By offering greater choice, MCCM improves the quality of care and satisfaction of the patient, family and caregivers.

“NHPCO encourages flexibility and innovation in the delivery of hospice care and we welcome the one-year extension of the Medicare Care Choices Model. We urge CMS to build upon this successful demonstration in future years by offering even greater choice to patients suffering from serious illness, many of whom are in need of interdisciplinary, person-centered care prior to qualifying for the hospice benefit.  We look forward to our continued collaboration with CMMI and Congress in implementing policies that have been proven to work,” said NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach.

For those looking for a hospice or community-based palliative care provider in their community, NHPCO offers an online Find a Provider tool.

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