Sen. Ron Wyden Encourages Hospices to Apply for Palliative Care Demo by June 19

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) prepared a video to encourage hospices to apply for the Medicare Care Choices Model. Hospice organizations interested in participating in this model must submit application materials no later than June 19, 2014. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will not accept applications by facsimile transmission or by email.

The Medicare Care Choices Model will provide a new option for Medicare beneficiaries to receive palliative care services from certain hospice providers while concurrently receiving services provided by their curative care providers. CMS will evaluate whether providing hospice services can improve the quality of life and care received by Medicare beneficiaries, increase patient satisfaction, and reduce Medicare expenditures.

CMS official, Cindy Massuda, provided a comprehensive briefing for VNAA members on the Medicare Care Choices Model on May 5.

Access details for how to apply and more about the model can be found here.


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