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CMS Updates for Home Health and Hospice

Please note the following updates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS):

Jan. 30th Webinar on Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model – Hospice Carve-In

The Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) team will host a webinar on Thurs., Jan. 30, 2020 to provide information and answer questions about the hospice benefit component recently added to the VBID Model. CMS announced in January 2019 that beginning in calendar year (CY) 2021, the VBID Model will test including the Medicare hospice benefit in Medicare Advantage. Webinar topics will include an overview; a deep dive into the quality, network, and payment policies being tested as part of the hospice benefit component of the Model for CY 2021; and the application process. During the webinar, CMS will share next steps and engagement opportunities and include a live question and answer (Q&A) session. For more information, visit the VBID overview page or contact VBID@cms.hhs.gov.

What: Webinar: VBID – Hospice Benefit Component

When: Thurs., Jan. 30, 2020, 1 – 1:45 p.m.

How to Join: Registration for the webinar is now open.

Interested organizations must apply online via an application by March 16, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The application portal will be live in February 2020, and application questions can be found in Appendix B of the CY 2021 VBID Hospice Benefit Component Request for Applications.

Home Health Compare Quarterly Refresh – January 2020

The January 2020 quarterly Home Health (HH) Compare refresh is now available on the HH Compare website. Please visit to view the new and updated quality data.

Please note that as of this refresh, CMS is no longer publicly reporting two claims-based measures: Emergency Department Use without Hospital Readmission during the First 30 Days of HH (National Quality Forum (NQF) #2505) and Rehospitalization during the First 30 Days of HH (NQF #2380).

Contact: Meg Everett, meverett@leadingageny.org, 518-867-8871