Hospice Providers Cheer New IMPACT Act Signed by President Obama
‘This new law strengthens oversight and transparency throughout the
entire hospice community’
Oct. 9, 2014 - A new law, the “Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care
Transformation Act of 2014” (IMPACT Act), that includes provisions
creating greater oversight and increased transparency within the hospice
community was signed and made official yesterday by President Obama. The
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization push for passage
of this legislation and cheered the President’s final approval.
The provisions that affect hospice providers are:
1. Mandated surveys of Medicare certified hospice providers at least
every three years for the next ten years at the minimum.
2. Medical reviews for hospice programs with a soon to be determined
percentage/number of patients receiving care for more than 180 days. The
specific patient load that would trigger this medical review will be set
3. Hospice aggregate financial cap will be aligned with hospice
reimbursement using a common inflationary index that will not change
hospice reimbursement for providers.
“As hospice and palliative care providers, we care for patients and
families at one of life’s most vulnerable times. Americans need to know
that all Medicare-certified providers are committed to the highest
standards of quality and compliance. This new law strengthens oversight
and transparency throughout the entire hospice community,” said J.
Donald Schumacher, NHPCO president and CEO. “NHPCO applauds President
Obama for signing the IMPACT Act into law.”
“Under NHPCO’s leadership, the hospice community has been on the
frontlines of advocating for increased transparency, program integrity,
and accountability. We believe that the hospice provisions included in
the IMPACT Act are critically important steps in this direction,”
NHPCO reports that more than 1.5 million dying Americans receive care
for the nation’s hospice providers every year.
Hospice Center (news for providers) at the Centers for Medicare &
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