Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; Hospice Wage Index for Fiscal Year 2013
GAO-12-985R: Aug 10, 2012
GAO reviewed the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Medicare Program's hospice wage index for fiscal year 2013. GAO found that (1) the notice sets forth the hospice wage index for fiscal year (FY) 2013 and will continue the phase-out of the wage index budget neutrality adjustment factor (BNAF), with an additional 15 percent BNAF reduction, for a total BNAF reduction through FY 2013 of 55 percent. The notice clarifies that providers should report additional diagnoses on hospice claims. HHS states that the notice also updates the public on the status of hospice payment reform and the quality reporting program; and (2) HHS compiled with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.