Hospice Payment Rates by CBSA
To qualify for the Medicare hospice benefit, an individual must be entitled to Medicare Part A and be certified by a physician as being terminally ill. An individual is considered terminally ill if the medical prognosis is such that the individual’s life expectancy is six months or less if the illness runs its normal course. Eligible beneficiaries must elect the Medicare hospice benefit.
Medicare pays hospice agencies based on the level of care the patient receives each day, regardless of whether a service was provided to the patient on that day. Hospice payment rates are updated annually by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. BKD understands these rates are critical to your business operations and is making available the Medicare payment rates for your agency’s service area. The rates available include those effective for the years 2011 through 2018.