The Top 7 Things You Need to Know
About the 2018 Hospice Proposed Rule

By Beth Noyce, RN, BSJMC, HCS-D, COS-C, HCS-H

The 2018 proposed rule is a window into the future of hospice — and there’s a lot to see. Beyond the updates to the wage index, CMS is also developing a new clinical assessment tool called HEART and making major preparations for the launch of the Hospice Compare website this summer.

With a range of new changes on the way, it can be hard to spot the most important takeaways.

This new tip sheet by Beth Noyce gives you a quick rundown of the top seven things you need to know about the proposed rule and its content.

Read to learn about:

  • Updates to the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount
  • The work-in-progress Hospice Evaluation & Assessment Reporting Tool (HEART)
  • CMS’s stance on avoidable hospice transitions and beneficiary access
    to levels of care

Get a better understanding of the regulations that could soon impact your agency.

Download and share this handout with your team!


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