CMS Launches Concurrent Care Demonstration

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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.


Home health agencies to test palliative care under new CMS program.

Home health agencies to test palliative care under new CMS program.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the launch of the “concurrent care” demonstration under the Medicare Care Choices Model, reports the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). Palliative support services will be offered to patients with advanced cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure and HIV/AIDS who meet hospice eligibility requirements.

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.

Courtesy Home Health Care News

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