CMS has issued a final rule governing Hospice payment for FY2020.

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS
Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare

SUMMARY: This final rule updates the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year 2020. This rule also rebases the continuous home care, general inpatient care, and the inpatient respite care per diem payment rates in a budget-neutral manner to more accurately align Medicare payments with the costs of providing care. In addition, this rule modifies the election statement by requiring an addendum that includes information aimed at increasing coverage transparency for patient under a hospice election. Finally, this rule includes changes to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program.

DATES: These regulations are effective on October 1, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general questions about hospice payment policy, send your inquiry via email to:

Follow the link to the Final Rule: