The CMS announced the launch of the “concurrent care” demonstration authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Under the Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM), up to 30 Medicare-certified hospices will be selected to provide palliative support services in the form of routine home care (RHC) and in-home respite to patients with advanced cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure and HIV/AIDS who meet hospice eligibility requirements.
Patients will concurrently receive services provided by their curative care providers. In addition, hospices selected for the three-year demonstration will receive $400 per beneficiary per month (PBPM) to provide the palliative care services.
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