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  • Hospice Compare Website Correcting Search Functionality

    December 13, 2017

    CMS is aware that the location search on Hospice Compare may return incorrect results.  CMS has provided a message on the home page of Hospice Compare informing users that when searching by location, the list of agencies provided may not serve the zip code, city, or state they

  • End-Of-Life Care and Advance Planning: Four Key Insights

    December 11, 2017

    4 of 5 people who died in the U.S.  were covered by Medicare.  Spending on Medicare beneficiaries in their last year of life accounts for about 25% of total Medicare spending on beneficiaries age 65 or older.

  •  The Hospice Quality Reporting Program Update: Available for Third Quarter of 2017

    November 28, 2017

    The HQRP Quarterly Update (formerly referred to as the HQRP Quarterly Q+A) document for the third quarter (July-September) of 2017 is now available for download. This document reflects frequently asked questions that were received by the Hospice Quality Help Desk during the third quarter of

  • Key Elements of a Successful Home-Based Palliative Care Program

    November 28, 2017

    The 2014 report “Dying in America,” by the Institute of Medicine, recommended that all people with serious advanced illness have access to palliative care. Many hospitals now have palliative care programs, delivered by teams of social workers, chaplains, doctors and nurses, for patients who

  • Seven Industry Perspectives on Hospice and Palliative Care

    October 30, 2017

    A recent article on Time magazine’s website called Time Health titled: ‘No One is Coming:’ Investigation Reveals Hospices Abandon Patients at Death’s Door describes the hospice industry’s abandonment of patients, lack of oversight and unsolved issues.

  • ACO Care Continuum: Integrating Hospice and Palliative Care to Improve End-of-Life Care

    September 08, 2017

    The ACO model has the right incentives to reduce variation, spur innovation, and improve quality in end-of-life (EOL) care. It also gives providers

  • The Washington Report: Hospice Duplicate Drug Payments Are A Focus Of The OIG

    August 25, 2017

    By Ronald M. Schwartz, Writer, The Remington Report

    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) returns to a familiar topic. “Medicare Duplicate Drug Claims for Hospice Beneficiaries” is a project the investigative arm of HHS recently

  • Hospice Compare Website Launched: Five Things To Know

    August 20, 2017

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled its Hospice Compare website, which initially shows how more than 3,800 hospices perform on seven quality measures related to patient treatment preferences, managing pain and treating symptoms. CMS plans to add patient experience of care

  • Trend #2 Palliative Care & ACOs

    June 26, 2017

    A home-based palliative care (HBPC) program tested within an accountable care organization (ACO) demonstrated substantial cost savings and reduced hospital admissions for patients near the end of life, according to a Journal of Palliative Medicine study.

  • Home-Based Palliative Care Models

    June 02, 2017

    Palliative care focuses on relieving patients’ stress, pain and other symptoms as their health declines, and it helps them maintain their quality of life. It’s for people with serious illnesses, such as cancer, dementia and heart failure. The idea is for patients to get palliative care and then

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