The Medicare Hospice Protection Act was introduced in 2008 in the Senate by Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Arlen Specter (R-PA), Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Roberts (R-KS) and in the House by Representatives Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Jim Ramstad (R-MN), and Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) in response to an August 1, 2008 CMS final regulation, which is estimated to cut Medicare hospice payments by an estimated $2.3 billion over the next four years through the elimination of the budget neutrality adjustment factor (BNAF) . The elimination of the BNAF would reduce hospice reimbursement from current levels by approximately 4.5% and in some areas as high as 15%. The first hospice payment cut began on October 1, 2008. This legislation is expected to be reintroduced in the new Congress in 2009. To learn more about the bill, access the links below.
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