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Source: US Congressional Budget Office

H.R. 5821 would require hospice programs participating in Medicare to undergo periodic surveys to ensure they comply with federal standards. Under the bill, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) could collect civil monetary penalties from programs that fail to meet those standards. Under the bill, hospice providers that fail to report certain data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would be subject to a reduction in federal payments that is larger than the reduction applied under current law.