Home Health & Hospice

How will this proposal affect the ?terminally ill? in the hospice benefit?

Homecare Insider, May 5, 2014

To be able to use the Medicare hospice benefit, a patient must be deemed to have a life expectancy of six months or less if the illness runs its normal course. While this has long been the standard, the CMS says the medical community has continued to express interest in a more nuanced definition. As a result, the agency is seeking feedback on a definition that would take into account a person's physical, emotional, social and intellectual processes that collectively are causing progressive impairment of body systems. Also, when seeking reimbursement under the hospice benefit, the beneficiary must waive curative care and the hospice must file a "notice of election."