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Medicare Proposes 2020 Rate Hikes for Nursing Homes, Hospices

April 19, 2019, 9:30 PM

Hospice facilities that serve Medicare patients could receive a 2.7 percent payment hike in fiscal year 2020, according to a proposal released April 19.

The $540 million payment increase proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is scheduled to publish in the Federal Register April 25.

The CMS called for capping hospices’ per-patient Medicare payments at $29,994 per year, up from $29,205 in 2019.

A separate rate proposal, also scheduled to be published April 25, would increase Medicare payments to skilled nursing facilities by $887 million in 2020. The proposed rule also calls for updating the Skilled Nursing ...