NHPCO and HAN work around the clock to monitor and move policy issues impacting the hospice community. Some are straightforward and some are tremendously complex, so we try to do the heavy lifting in boiling it down to what it means for the hospice community, and the patients and families who depend on us. NHPCO HAN policy resources are intended to educate a variety of audiences – the provider community, policy makers, and the general public. If you have questions, please feel free to email us!
Medicare Hospice Benefit (Updated 04/2016)
Legislation Overview: Rural Access to Hospice Act (Updated 04/2017)
Legislation Overview: PCHETA (Updated 04/2017)
Legislation Overview: Medicare Patient Access to Hospice Act (Updated 04/2017)
Issue Briefing: Hospice and the Medicare Advantage “Carve-In” (Updated 05/2016)
Issue Briefing: Hospice in the Nursing Home (Updated 01/2015)
Current State of the Hospice Community (11/2013)
Analysis of Hospice Margin Projections (02/2013)
Cost Effectiveness of Hospice (Health Affairs Study)
Duke Study (Cost Effectiveness of the Medicare Hospice Benefit)
Hospice Policy Compendium (NHPCO Members Only; Updated 12/2014)
Additional information and resources on specific issues can be found here.