In April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) posted the proposed FY 2019 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements. The Coalition submitted comments supporting the recognition of physician assistants as designated hospice attending physicians effective January 1, 2019. The Coalition also commented on the following issues: 1) The inability of a physician assistant to provide face-to-face encounters for hospice patients, 2) CMS’ initiative for Meaningful Measures and 3) proposals for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP).  Download Coalition Comment Letter