The Affordable Care Act requires establishment of a quality data reporting program for hospices and long-term care hospitals, with reduced Medicare payments beginning in fiscal year 2014 for those that do not participate.

In a notice published Sept. 2 in the Federal Register, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposes the hospice program start with a voluntary quality reporting cycle from October 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011, with data reported to CMS by January 31, 2012.

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