cms hospice agency definition

A hospice is a public agency, private organization, or a subdivision that: is primarily engaged in providing care to terminally ill individuals (individuals that have been certified as being terminally ill as per CMS requirements and entitled to Part A of Medicare); meets the conditions of participation for hospices; and has a valid Medicare provider agreement. Hospice care is a comprehensive set of services identified and coordinated by an interdisciplinary group to provide for the physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and emotional needs of a terminally ill patient and/or family members, as delineated in a specific patient plan of care.

Hospice services can also be provided in facilities, such as those located as a part of a hospital, nursing home, or residential facility, or as a freestanding hospice inpatient facility. All hospices must meet specific federal requirements and be separately certified and approved for Medicare participation.

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part 418 — hospices, page: 166 (64024)

  • 8. Amend § 418.110 by removing paragraph (c)(1)(ii) and the paragraph designation (i) from paragraph (c)(1)(i).
  • 9. Add § 418.113 to read as follows:

§ 418.113 Conditions of Participation: Emergency Preparedness

The hospice must comply with all applicable Federal, State, and local emergency preparedness requirements. The hospice must establish and maintain an emergency preparedness program that meets the requirements of this section. The emergency preparedness program must include, but not be limited to, the following elements: