WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Earlier today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Center forMedicare and Medicaid Innovation ("Innovation Center") announced changes to the ongoing Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID) model which includes allowing Medicare Advantage plans to offer the Medicare hospice benefit on a voluntary
"Today's decision marks a critical step forward to test hospice as a more integrated part of the Medicare Advantage program," said Tom Koutsoumpas, Chief Executive Officer of NPHI. "Our not-for-profit, community-based programs stand ready to work closely with this Administration to ensure that patients and their families receive the best care possible as part of this new option."
For years, NPHI has convened a dialogue amongst its members and a diverse set of allied stakeholders, including consumer organizations, health plans, and providers, to consider how to include hospice in Medicare Advantage in a way that benefits patients and families. This Administration's interest in improving continuity of care for beneficiaries and in promoting patient choice along with advancing value-based care is consistent with inclusion of hospice in the revised V-BID model and aligns with their overall vision for our health care system.
The National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI) is a member-comprised organization driven by passion and integrity to help people live fully through the end-of-life. Our most important priorities, policies and initiatives are learned at the bedside, not in the board room. Our members are community-focused hospice, palliative care, and advanced illness providers across the country focused on the highest quality, person and family-centered, end-of-life care.
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SOURCE National Partnership for Hospice Innovation
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