On August 4, 2021, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the final rule for hospice payments in fiscal year (FY) 2022 in the Federal Register. This rule takes effect October 1, 2021.
Final Changes to Hospice Payments
CMS finalized the following updates to the hospice regulations for inflation factors, wage adjustments, and cap amounts for FY 2022.
Other Notable Updates
Hospice Cap Amount
The finalized hospice cap amount increased to $31,297.61 for FY 2022 from $30,683.93 in FY 2021.
The overall economic impact of the proposed FY 2022 changes constitutes a $480 million increase in payments from FY 2021.
Hospice providers need to review whether they have loaded appropriate rates into the patient accounting system they use to bill Medicare on or after October 1, 2021.
Once they incorporate these revised rates, the providers can use best practices to validate that the rates calculate appropriately. For example, the providers can review the Medicare remittance advice to ensure a hospice receives the payment they expect.
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For more information about the final rule or the revised rates during the course of your validation review, contact your Moss Adams professional.