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NAHC Commissions Dobson | DaVanzo to Analyze and Improve Hospice Payment Policy

Published Monday, April 6, 2020

The National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC) has commissioned Dobson | DaVanzo to conduct analyses assessing the impact of potential regulatory payment and policy changes that may be under consideration by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Payment policy changes could adversely affect the fairness and accuracy of Medicare Fee for Service payments for hospice services if not carefully conceptualized and implemented; current considerations seem to have little to do with differences in patient mix, but rather have more to do with provider characteristics. In this preliminary study, Dobson | DaVanzo will be preparing descriptive statistics and preliminary analyses to eventually develop and understand what a hospice-specific case-mix system that predicts Medicare hospice expenditures might look like