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VNAA Hosts Hospice Roundtable Call Regarding CMMI Hospice Demo

On May 5, VNAA and Cindy Massuda from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation held a conference call to provide members with an introduction and answer questions on the Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM) program. Massuda and with her team walked members discussed the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requested hospice applications to participate in its Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM).

The recently launched MCCM program develops innovative payment systems to improve care options for hospice beneficiaries by allowing greater beneficiary access to comfort and rehabilitative care in Medicare and Medicaid. MCCM provides a new option for Medicare beneficiaries with advanced cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure and HIV/AIDS, who meet hospice eligibility requirements under the Medicare hospice benefit, to receive palliative care services from certain hospice providers while concurrently receiving services provided by their curative care providers. VNAA encourages member hospices to apply. View the slide show here.

CMS expects to enroll 30,000 beneficiaries over a three-year period. At least 30 hospices are expected to participate over the three-year model. Hospices will be paid $400 per month per beneficiary for hospice services, including home care and inpatient levels of care that cannot be billed under Medicare Parts A, B or D.

CMS says those interested should describe whom the hospice plans to serve, how the services will be provided, the quality measures in place and planned and the number of beneficiaries expected in each of the three years of the model.

Eligible hospice organizations interested in participating in this model must submit application materials no later than June 19, 2014. For application materials and additional information, please visit the Medicare Care Choices Model web page.


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