Still an underutilized service, hospice care may become more affordable for providers thanks to advocacy efforts from MedPAC, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission. Says this Leading Age news article by Peter Notarstefano, the Commission “recommended changes to a U-shaped curve reimbursement system back in March 2009, and the Affordable Care Act mandates that the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services begins a process in which the hospice payment system reflects costs in 2014 or later.” If this problem is addressed, MedPAC’s data and analysis suggests that “payments would rise for at least 60% of nonprofit hospice providers.” MedPAC is also exploring issues of double payment for hospice care in a nursing home setting.
Hospice and palliative care services can be delivered in a hospital, in assisted living or nursing homes, at home, or sometimes in a stand-alone facility dedicated to end-of-life care. Learn more about this type of care in the following articles:
- Trend Watch: End of Life Care Shifts From Hospitals to Home Health
- End of Life Care Can Come to You
- Can Assisted Living and Hospice Work Together?
- Bringing Hospice to Assisted Living
- Home Sweet Hospice: How This Vital Care Resource Changed My Life