Today, CMS announced the names of 141 organizations that will serve as demonstration sites for its Medicare Care Choice Model (MCCM). This list is available on the CMS website.
CMS originally anticipated selecting 30 Medicare-certified
hospices for the project but given the overwhelming interest from the U.S.
hospice community, the list of MCCM demonstration sites grew to over 140, many
of which are NHPCO members. This will enable the model to provide care for up
to 150,000 Medicare or dually eligible beneficiaries over the five year period.
The MCCM is an initiative developed by the Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services to explore ways to improve care options for
beneficiaries by allowing greater flexibility and choice “in deciding between
hospice care and curative treatment, when faced with life-limiting
With the intention of improving Medicare beneficiaries’
quality of care and patient and family satisfaction, the MCCM will provide a
new option for beneficiaries with advanced cancers, chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, and HIV/AIDS who meet hospice
eligibility requirements under the Medicare hospice benefit, to receive
palliative care services from the hospice
providers who have been chosen to participate in the model while concurrently
receiving services provided by their curative care providers.
- See the complete NHPCO press release.