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[Federal Register: November 2, 1995 (Volume 60, Number 212)]
[Page 55721-55722]
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Office of Inspector General

Publication of the Medicare Advisory Bulletin on Hospice Benefits

AGENCY: Office of Inspector General, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: This Federal Register notice sets forth a recently issued 
Advisory Bulletin, in conjunction with Operation Restore Trust, that 
identifies important eligibility and other information involving the 
current Medicare hospice benefit. This Advisory Bulletin has been made 
available to consumers, health care professionals and health care 
associations, and is now being reprinted in this issue of the Federal 
Register as a means of ensuring public awareness of the purposes of 
hospice care and the consequences of electing the Medicare hospice 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joel J. Schaer, Office of Management 
and Policy, (202) 619-0089.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This Medicare Advisory Bulletin is part of 
Operation Restore Trust--a joint effort among the Office of Inspector 
General (OIG), the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) and the 
Administration on Aging within the Department of Health and Human 
Services to combat fraud, waste and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid 
programs. The purpose of this Advisory Bulletin is to inform consumers 
and health care professionals about certain questionable practices 
affecting Medicare's hospice program. The issuance calls specific 
attention to the possible misuse of the hospice benefit, as uncovered 
through collaborative work undertaken by the OIG and HCFA.
    Specifically, the Advisory Bulletin highlights several practices 
which indicate that some hospice providers may have inappropriately 
maximized their Medicare reimbursements at beneficiary expense. These 
practices include:
What To Do With Information About Questionable Practices Involving 

    If you have questions about the scope of the hospice benefit or the 
care you are receiving in hospice, you should first consider discussing 
these matters with your attending physician or the hospice provider. If 
you wish to report questionable practices, call or write: 1-800-HHS-
TIPS, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector 
General, P.O. Box 23489, L'Enfant Plaza Station, Washington, D.C. 

    Dated: October 23, 1995.
June Gibbs Brown,
Inspector General.
[FR Doc. 95-27217 Filed 11-1-95; 8:45 am]

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