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    Healthcare Update: CMS Issues Proposed Rules for Hospice and IPPS; CMS Rejects Louisiana’s Plan to Privatize State-Owned Hospitals; CMS to Roll Out Fingerprint Checks for Home Health

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    On May 2, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a proposed rule to update the Medicare hospice payment rates and the Medicare wage index for fiscal year (“FY”) 2015. CMS estimates that under this proposed rule hospice providers would see an estimated 1.3 percent increase (approximately $230 million) in their payments for FY2015. The rule also proposes requirements related to the self-reporting of payment caps and updates for the hospice quality reporting programs, and solicits comments on the definitions of “terminal illness” and “related conditions.” The proposed rule will be published in the May 8, 2014 Federal Register. A display copy is available here.  (Read more)

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