On September 4, 2015, CMS released a MLN Matters article related to Change Request 9301/Transmittal 3445 directing Medicare’s Administrative Contractors to apply the new hospice payment rates for FY 2016.  The MLN Matters article lists the new hospice care payment rates for FY 2016, including the single routine home care rate for care provided from October 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015, the two-tiered payment system rate for routine home care services furnished on or after January 1, 2016, and the service intensity add-on beginning January 1, 2016.  The MLN Matters article also provides the aggregate cap value for the 2015 cap year ending October 31, 2015 ($27,382.63) and the hospice wage index for FY 2016.  The MLN Matters article is available by clicking here.