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The following list provides valuable materials and information. We will update and add resources on a continuing basis. Select the blue links below to access the regulations. (Adobe Acrobat is required to download the .pdf files)

  • MassHealth Hospice Regulations
    Commonwealth of MA. 130 CMR 437.000. Provider Manual Series. Hospice Manual. 8/1/98.
    Available at home page, scroll down and click on MassHealth Regulations and other Publications. Click on MassHealth Regulations. Next page, click on MassHealth Provider Regulations. Then scroll down to Hospice.)

  • Local Coverage Determination (LCD) for Hospice - Determining Terminal Status
    Medicare contracts with National Government Services to review claims to determine eligibility of Medicare beneficiaries for hospice benefits.This LCD outlines the guidelines used by NGS in making that determination.They are intended to be used to identify any Medicare beneficiary whose current condition is likely to result in a life expectancy of six months or less. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. New York: Macmillan, 1969

  • Medicare Hospice Manual
    Available for purchase through the Government Printing Office/Superintendent of Documents by calling 202-512-1800 or through National Technical Information Service by calling 888-584-8332.
    Also available on-line at Choose Paper Based Manuals from the menu on the left hand side.
  • MassHealth Hospice Rates
    Massachusetts Division of Health Care Finance and Policy.
    (Available at
    - Click on "regulations".
    - Click on regulations again.
    - Click on hospice services.

  • Medicare Customer Service Website:

Christine McMichael
Executive Director
Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of MA
1420 Providence Highway, Suite 277
Norwood, MA 02062
Tel. 781-255-7077
Fax 781-255-7078

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