CMS revises hospice rules
A long-term care provider and its hospice partner will need to draw up a detailed contract, according to a final rule released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and published in the Federal Register.
“We believe that a clear division of responsibilities and increased communication required by this rule will help eliminate duplication of and/or missing services,” the rule states.
When establishing an agreement with a hospice provider, LTC facilities must now be sure to address issues such as: the services the hospice will provide; the hospice's responsibilities for determining the appropriate care plan; and the services the LTC facility will continue to provide under the care plan.
The rule calls for a clear communication process, including how the communication between the LTC and hospice provider will be documented.
Providers must have an interdisciplinary contact person with a clinical background to handle coordination of hospice. This ruling will cost $437 per facility initially, CMS estimates.