50 Wishes for
Medicare’s Future

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Wish #44:
Create an appeals process for beneficiaries in hospice care

Currently, beneficiaries receiving Medicare-covered hospice care do not have any recourse if they disagree with a determination made by their hospice provider, like the determination that a particular service is curative and non-covered. Congress should create a system for external review of provider decisions when the beneficiary disagrees with the hospice plan of care.