OIG to Examine Hospice Services in Assisted Living

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) will examine hospice services in assisted living in 2014.  According to the OIG, assisted living residents have the longest length of stays in hospice care.  Specifically, the OIG will review the extent to which hospices serve Medicare beneficiaries who reside in assisted living communities and determines the length of stay, levels of care received, and common terminal illnesses of assisted living residents who receive hospice care.
 
The OIG’s 2014 work plan further states that the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission recommends that these longer stays be further monitored and examined.  Medicare Part A covers hospice services for beneficiaries in various settings including assisted living.