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CMS Revises Guidance for Part D and Hospice

Source: NHPCO

On Friday, July 18, CMS issued revised guidance (PDF) to replace the March 10, 2014 guidance to hospices and Part D plan sponsors regarding payments for medications. The revised guidance changes the prior authorization (PA) requirement to ONLY the four classes of drugs referenced in the OIG 2012 Report-analgesics, anti-emetics, laxatives, and anti-anxiety medications.

CMS staff requested a meeting with NHPCO mid-day on Friday to review the changes in the revised Guidance and to address any ongoing concerns. The broad outline of the changes is included in the full article here.

"Moments of Life" Hospice National Hospice Campaign

NHPCO is proud to launch a new, national awareness-campaign, "Moments of Life: Made Possible by Hospice," that uses patients’ and families’ stories to show hospice is about more than death – it’s about living.

Visit Momentsoflife.org to watch the first six videos; share in the social media outreach that will be going out via NHPCO's Facebook page and via Twitter; and look for information from NHPCO about how you can get involved.

Thank you to all hospice providers who make special moments possible to patients and families every single day.

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