Legislation that requires hospice facilities to be inspected at least every three years
cleared the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate last week. Previously, inspections could take place as infrequently as every eight years, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, which pushed for the legislation. A 2007 report by HHS’ inspector general’s office called for establishing federal guidelines that would dictate how frequently hospice facilities should be certified. The bill, known as the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014, was sponsored by Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.