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Title Evaluation of the Rural Hospice Demonstration
Project Number 500-00-0026/04
Project Officr(s) Linda Radey
Start Date September 2005
End Date September 2010
Funding $832,045
Award Task Order (RADSTO)
Principal Investigator(s) Jean Kutner, Andrew Kramer, Cari Levy
Awardee Name University of Colorado, Health Sciences Center
Awardee Street 13611 East Colfax Ave., Suite 100
Awardee City/State/Zip Aurora, CO 80011
Description The purpose of this project is to evaluate the impact of the Rural Hospice Demonstration on changes in the access and cost of care, and to assess the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries with terminal diagnoses who reside in rural areas but lack an appropriate caregiver. Two rural hospice facilities enrolled in the demonstration, which will last up to five years. Under the demonstration, CMS will reimburse hospices for the full range of care provided within their walls. CMS will also waive the 20-percent inpatient day cap for beneficiaries in the demonstration, and the requirement that the hospice must provide care in the community for one of the hospices in the demonstration. Evaluation tasks include monitoring the progress of the demonstration, and preparation of case studies and impact analyses using secondary data. Evaluation results will be incorporated into a report to the Congress when the demonstration ends.
Status The contract consists of two phases. Contract funds have been awarded for Phase I and Phase II. The Evaluation is currently underway. The contract was modified to revise the scope of work and the level of effort as a result of a reduction in the available funding. Selected tasks currently listed under Option Phase III shall be moved to Option Phase II.



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