Hospice Regulatory Update FY2022 Final Rule and California Legislative Update

Recorded August 31, 2021

California Legislative Update

Join Sheila Clark, as she provides an update on current legislation: SB 664, SB 353 and AB 1280.

FY2022 Final Rule Description: 

The FY2022 final Hospice payment and quality reporting program update final rule was released on July 29.  While it does not stray far from what was proposed, there are changes.  Join CHAPCA Associate member Kathy Ahearn of Ahearn Advisement Partners and Sheila Clark, CHAPCA President & CEO, as they provide the details of why the payment rate update dropped to 2.0%, the changes to the calculation of the labor share amounts for each of the four levels of care, and all the details about the new composite quality measure – the Hospice Care Index.  An analysis of the impact of the changes and what hospices should do now to prepare for a significantly different year ahead will be shared.

Topics of discussion include:

  • Revisions to labor shares and hospice payment rates
  • Election statement addendum requirements and permanent condition of participation changes
  • Hospice Care Index measure details
  • CAHPS Hospice Survey star rating
  • HQRP public reporting changes

Learning objectives:

  • Outline hospice payment changes and rebased labor shares
  • Describe clarifications to the election statement addendum requirements
  • Review details and provide analysis of the Hospice Care Index measure
  • Describe changes to the HQRP, including the star rating for hospice CAHPS, and removal of the seven      HIS measures from Compare
  • Provide an update on the HVLDL measure and public reporting
  • Insights into the future of hospice payment and the HQRP and steps for preparation


Sheila Clark, President & CEO | California Hospice & Palliative Care Association

Kathy Ahearn, CEO | Ahearn Advisement Partners

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