Capital Caring is pleased to have been chosen by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in an investigational study called the Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM). We are privileged to be one of 140 hospices across the country to participate in this program designed to explore ways to improve care options for hospice-eligible beneficiaries. The Care Choices program provides patients with greater flexibility in deciding between hospice care and curative treatment.

Care_Choices_Logo_4cpUnder the Care Choices program, beneficiaries with advanced cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure, and HIV/AIDS who meet hospice requirements under the Medicare hospice benefit, will be able to receive palliative care services from hospice providers participating in the study, while concurrently receiving curative services provided by their own medical providers.

Currently, Medicare beneficiaries are required to forgo curative care in order to receive access to services offered by hospice.

The Care Choices model will study whether access to such services will result in improved quality of care and patient and family satisfaction, and whether there are any effects on use of curative services and the Medicare hospice benefit.

Capital Caring’s Care Choices program will be piloted in our Richmond neighborhood, beginning January 1, 2018 and running through December 31, 2020.

A special landing page has been created (www.capitalcaring.org/carechoices) with information about the program for patients and providers. For more information or to enroll in the program, you may call our 24 hour, toll-free number – 1-800-869-2136.

The Care Choices program provides another valuable option for patients enabling us to provide care coordination earlier for patients, along with easier access to hospice care.