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 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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