Comments to CMS on Proposed FY 24 Special Focus Program

NHPCO, The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), The National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI), and LeadingAge partnered on a letter to CMS asking for improvements to the Special Focus Program algorithm and for the implementation of a preview year, during which providers can preview reports of their performance ranking. The algorithm utilized must be appropriately designed to target hospices at high-risk of delivering poor-quality care. The potential consequences of a poorly targeted selection process could negatively impact access for beneficiaries and their families.