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CMS Responds To OIG Recommendations

CMS has given response to the July 9 OIG reports and recommendations, saying it will increase oversight of hospice facilities and work to make hospice quality information more accessible on Hospice Compare. 

A CMS spokesperson says CMS “has ‘zero tolerance for abuse and mistreatment of any patient.’” CMS recently “updated guidance for surveyors that provides a standardized process for identifying and responding to immediate jeopardy situations.” 

Additionally, CMS is working to improve Hospice Compare and make the information more understandable. CMS also told “OIG that the president’s proposed fiscal 2020 budget includes a proposal that would grant authority to disclose survey data” on Hospice Compare. CMS will work to enhance the Conditions of Participation to require that hospices establish policies for “investigating” and reporting harm.

Read more here from Inside Health Policy.

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