FY2018 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule Announced

On August 1, 2017, the Federal Register posted the FY2018 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule for public inspection. Download the FY2018 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule (public inspection version – PDF). The final rule includes a 1% rate increase for FY2018 and sets the cap amount at $28,689.04. There is a discussion on the source of clinical information to determine hospice eligibility, based on comments submitted. In the quality reporting section, there is discussion about priority areas for future measures, more details on the development of a Hospice Evaluation and Assessment Reporting Tool (HEART), and updates on the implementation of Hospice Compare in August 2017.

NHPCO will produce state/county rate charts with the final FY2018 wage index values and rates for all levels of care. Visit the CMS website to access the FY2018 final wage index charts.

NHPCO members can access additional analysis and information on the NHPCO Website.