Monday August 12, 2013
On June 27, 2013 CMS released the final ruling on contract requirements between long term care providers and Hospice Services. This regulation will be effective on August 26, 2013. Because there are similar services provided by both long term care facilities and hospice providers it is possible for residents to receive the same services or conflicting services from both companies. The rationale behind the final ruling from CMS is to help ensure safe and quality care for residents by requiring a written agreement between the long term care facility and the hospice provider outlining the services that will be provided by both entities.