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Date:                 July 29, 2008

Contact:            Gina Dapuzzo

Phone:              (732) 292-1100


Exclusive Survey: 63 Percent Of Hospice Professionals Said CoPs Are Very Important

MANASQUAN, N.J. -- The majority, 63 percent, of hospice professionals ranked the new conditions of participation (CoPs) from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as having greatest importance to their hospice organization, according to the survey.

hospice letter’s exclusive, “2008 Hospice Reimbursement and CoP Survey,” asked hospice professionals about their programs’ transition to the new Medicare Conditions of Particpation (CoPs).

Nearly 26 percent of survey participants ranked the CoPs as having above average importance and no respondents ranked the CoPs below the mid-range on the survey scale. Eleven percent fell slightly above the middle range in rankings its importance to their hospice programs.

In order to implement the new CoPs, hospices have done varying levels of preparation. Some have gone to seminars, held meetings with their organization, used the state associations for aid, approached consulting firms, and listened to audio conferences on the subject.

This is the first time CMS has revamped its hospice CoPs since 1983. The CoPs will go into effect Dec. 2.

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