Although the initial results from the family experience surveys on Hospice Compare show overall strong performance, experts say a low-response rate could be tilting results higher.
The U.S. Justice Department will not intervene in a recently unsealed group of False Claims Act lawsuits alleging that HCR ManorCare admitted patients to hospice who were not eligible for the service.
Surveyors that assess hospitals for compliance with federal and state laws are implementing a new policy that could lead to the closure of some so-called micro-hospitals.
Officials at the CMS say they are taking multiple steps to address accuracy issues on Hospice Compare and believe the site will be largely free of errors by early next year.
The Hospice Compare site has been providing inaccurate information to patients since its launch in August, and it's unclear when the issues will be addressed.
Mercy Medical Center employee Mavis Wanczyk won the biggest undivided lottery jackpot in U.S. history, $758.7 million.
As policymakers, providers and payers continue to tinker with alternatives to an ailing fee-for-service delivery model, physicians are increasingly being called upon to help lead the transformation. Roughly 5% of hospital leaders were physicians in 2014, according to the American Association for...
Along with a payment hike, the CMS finalized plans to launch a Hospice Compare site this month.
The CMS will change an enrollment policy that prevented hospices from being reimbursed for nearly 90,000 days of end-of-life care for Medicare beneficiaries. That amounted to more than $14 million in lost revenue.
The federal government has been cracking down on certain hospice providers, including Philadelphia-based Home Care Hospice, who game the system to capture higher reimbursements.
Reseachers found racial disparities in the quality of hospice care as well as emotional and religious support services for black and Hispanic patients.
Vitas Healthcare, based in Miami, is denying that it paid kickbacks to Dr. Farid Fata, who is serving a 45-year prison sentence for putting hundreds of patients through needless cancer treatments.