Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 was passed by Congress in February. The Act includes changes that directly impact hospice providers.

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (PA) will be allowed to act as the attending physician for patients in hospice care. Currently a patient can only elect a nurse practitioner (NP), or a doctor of medicine (MD) or osteopathy (DO) as their attending physician. This amendment to the law provides an increase in continuity of care to those individuals who utilized a PA prior to electing hospice care.  

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Mark Song