Medicare Out Millions Without Hospice Transfer Rule: Report

Law360, New York (May 29, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT) -- Applying a transfer payment policy for early discharges from hospitals to hospice care could have saved Medicare an estimated $602 million over two years alone and should be implemented now through regulation or legislation, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services watchdog said Tuesday.

According to the HHS Office of Inspector General's report, a clause in Medicare regulations resulting in hospitals receiving larger continuing payments for patients transferred to hospice facilities instead of other post-acute care facilities could be repealed at a significant cost saving...
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