June 25, 2020
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will extend the Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM) by one calendar year, through December 31, 2021, allowing more Medicare beneficiaries to access supportive care.
MCCM tests a new option for Medicare beneficiaries to receive supportive care services from selected hospice providers. It evaluates whether those services can improve the quality of life and care received by Medicare beneficiaries, increase patient satisfaction, and reduce Medicare expenditures.
Under the extension, participating MCCM hospices will be able to enroll eligible beneficiaries through June 30, 2021 and provide MCCM services for them through December 31, 2021. The extension will not affect the model’s other existing operations or policies.
The extension will apply to hospices already participating in the model; no new hospices will be enrolled. CMS will contact hospices participating in the model in the coming days and invite them to apply for the voluntary extension.
For more information on the model, please see its webpage.
Questions or Feedback?
If you have questions or feedback, please email the MCCM model team at CareChoices@cms.hhs.gov.