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Medicare Care Choices Model

New Medicare Model extends hospice benefits to more families 

In 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) introduced the Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM), which provides a new option for Medicare beneficiaries to receive hospice-like support services from select hospice providers while receiving curative treatment at the same time.

Because Cedar Valley Hospice has over 41-years of commitment to expert care, quality and compassion, we were selected from hospices nationwide to participate in the second phase of the Model in 2018.

How it works

After contacting Cedar Valley Hospice, an information consultation will be held with the patient and the Cedar Valley Hospice nurse. Once the patient's primary physician is contacted to determine if the patient meets certain criteria to be eligible for the Medicare Care Choices Model(MCCM), the patient is then admitted onto the program. The primary physician continues to direct patient care in conjunction with the Cedar Valley Hospice interdisciplinary team developing the best plan of care and goals for the patient.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is MCCM?

The Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM) encompasses all aspects of care - palliative care, end-of-life care, hospice support services and traditional health care. It allows individuals the ability to receive expert symptom management and supportive services while continuing to receive treatments for a life-limiting illness. 

Who does it benefit?

This new Model extends the hospice benefit to those seeking curative treatments with a diagnosis of:

  • Advanced cancer
  • COPD(Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • HIV or AIDS
  • CHF(Chronic Heart Failure)
Who is in charge of medical care? 

The patient's primary physician continues to direct patient care in conjuntion with the Cedar Valley Hospice Interdisciplinary Team and other non-hospice providers if necessary.

Benefits:
  • Continued Medicare coverage for treatment of the illness
  • Development of a care plan specific to your medical goals by Cedar Valley Hospice's experts
  • Symptom management available 24/7
  • Education for illness, diagnosis and treatment
  • Help with care coordination
  • Supportive care services for the patient, family and caregivers - leading to increased quality of life for the patient and less stress for all