Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: Medicare Program; FY 2014 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update; Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements; and Updates on Payment Reform
GAO-13-839R: Aug 15, 2013
- Full Report:
GAO reviewed the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) new rule on Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the medicare program; FY 2014 hospice wage index and payment rate update; hospice quality reporting requirements; and updates on payment reform. GAO found that (1) the final rule sets forth the hospice payment rates and the wage index for fiscal year (FY) 2014, and continues the phase out of the wage index budget neutrality adjustment factor (BNAF); and (2) the HHS complied with applicable requirements in promulgating the rule.