VBID Hospice Benefit Component Technical Support Series

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center’s Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model team will host a technical support webinar to provide an overview of the Hospice Benefit Component Technical and Operational Guidance. Further, starting later this month, the VBID Model team will host monthly office hours for interested stakeholders to learn more about the VBID Model’s Hospice Benefit Component. Please submit questions in advance by emailing the VBID Mailbox at VBID@cms.hhs.gov.

Overview of the Calendar Year (CY) 2021 Hospice Benefit Component

During this webinar on Monday, November 2, from 4:00-5:00 PM EST, presenters will provide a brief review of the Hospice Benefit Component of the VBID Model and the recently released CY2021 VBID Hospice Benefit Component Technical and Operational Guidance. This session will also offer attendees an opportunity to ask follow-up questions about the Hospice Benefit Component.

  • Registration is now open here.

November Office Hours: Hospice Benefit Component of the VBID Model

During office hours on Tuesday, November 10, from 1:00-2:00 PM EST, presenters will answer questions received in the VBID Mailbox and offer participants an opportunity to ask follow-up questions about the Hospice Benefit Component.

  • Registration is now open here.

December Office Hours: Hospice Benefit Component of the VBID Model

During office hours on Tuesday, December 15, from 1:00-2:00 PM EST, presenters will answer questions received in the VBID Mailbox and offer participants an opportunity to ask follow-up questions about the Hospice Benefit Component.

  • Registration is now open here.

January Office Hours: Hospice Benefit Component of the VBID Model

During office hours on Tuesday, January 12, from 1:00-2:00 PM EST, presenters will answer questions received in the VBID Mailbox and offer participants an opportunity to ask follow-up questions about the Hospice Benefit Component.

  • Registration is now open here.

For more information, visit the VBID overview page or contact VBID@cms.hhs.gov. To stay updated on the Hospice Benefit Component, sign up for the listserv. Other resources are listed below:

  • The CY2021 VBID Hospice Benefit Component Technical and Operational Guidance document can be found here.

A downloadable list of Medicare Advantage Organizations participating in the Hospice Benefit Component of the VBID Model, with plan benefit package number, service area and contact information can be found here: VBID CY2021 Hospice Benefit Contact Information (XLS).

Below is the TOC from the 44-page Technical and Operational Guidance document (hyperlink in 1st paragraph):

Beginning January 1, 2021, through the Hospice Benefit Component of the Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model (“Model”), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is testing the impact on payment and service delivery of incorporating the Medicare Part A hospice benefit in the Medicare Advantage (MA) program, with the goal of creating a seamless care continuum for MA enrollees who elect hospice. For MA organizations (MAOs) that volunteer to be part of the Hospice Benefit Component (“Model-participating MAOs”), CMS will evaluate the impact on cost and quality of care for MA enrollees, including how the Model improves quality and timely access to the Medicare hospice benefit, and the enabling of innovation through fostering partnerships between Model-participating MAOs and hospice providers. The Hospice Benefit Component of the VBID Model provides opportunities for Model-participating MAOs to partner with hospice providers in their respective service areas and develop creative contracting arrangements and processes to help coordinate and provide for the care of their enrollees with serious illness.