Home Health Agencies to Test Palliative Care Under New CMS Program
As many as 30 Medicare-certified home health agencies will test a care model that provides palliative support services in their routine home care offerings, in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on March 18, 2014, the launch of the “concurrent care” demonstration under the Medicare Care Choices Model, reports the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC).
Under the demo, patients will “concurrently receive services provided by their curative care providers,” NAHC notes.
Hospices selected for the three-year demonstration will receive $400 per beneficiary per month to provide the palliative care services.
To be selected, hospices must be Medicare-certified and able to “demonstrate experience providing care coordination and/or case management with a network of various types of healthcare providers, as well as shared decision-making to beneficiaries prior to electing the Medicare hospice benefit in conjunction with their referring providers/suppliers,” says NAHC.
Written by Jason Oliva