NHPCO submits comment letter to CMS on FY2015 Hospice Wage Index Proposed Rule

Categories: Policy.

The proposed rule, published on May 8, 2014 discusses several important changes to hospice regulations and asks for input on two issues for future rulemaking.  NHPCO integrated feedback and comments from the broader U.S. hospice community in its official response.

NHPCO’s comments included proposed regulatory changes for FY2015 and a request for feedback on changes for future rulemaking.

Regulatory changes proposed for implementation on October 1, 2014 include:

  • Notice of Election (NOE)
  • Notice of Termination or Revocation (NOTR)
  • Attending physician
  • Quality reporting
  • Public reporting of hospice quality data
  • Cap reporting

Comments requested for future rulemaking include:

  • Proposed definitions of terminal illness and related conditions
  • Proposed process for Part D and hospice

NHPCO members may find a helpful Regulatory Alert with links to the comment letter and executive summary.

The NPRM FY2015 Hospice Wage Index (PDF) is available for download from the Government’s GPO.gov website.