Hospices’ scores improve on one Hospice CAHPS measure

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With Hospice CAHPS data, the measure involving emotional and spiritual support ticked upward by 1% in the Aug. 16 refresh of Hospice Compare.

Hospice Compare was updated Aug. 16. It gets refreshed quarterly.

Hospice CAHPS data were collected between Oct. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2017.

Measure

August 2018 score

May 2018 score

February 2018 score

Emotional and spiritual support

90%

89%

89%

Rating of this hospice

81%

81%

80%

Willing to recommend this hospice

85%

85%

84%

Treating patient with respect

91%

91%

91%

Help for pain and symptoms

75%

75%

75%

Communication with family

80%

80%

80%

Getting …

Hospices’ scores on Hospice Item Set measures

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Among the seven Hospice Item Set (HIS) measures posted on Hospice Compare, providers once again improved the most on “Hospice and palliative care pain assessment” during the August 2018 refresh.

Measure

August 2018

May 2018

February 2018

December 2017

Hospice and palliative care treatment preferences

98.7%

98.6%

98.5%

98.4%

Beliefs and values addressed (if desired by the patient)

94.9%

94.5%

94.2%

93.9%

Hospice and palliative care pain screening

95.3%

94.8%

94.4%

94.2%

Hospice and palliative care pain assessment

83.4%

81.5%

79.7%

78.7%

Hospice and palliative care dyspnea screening

97.8%

97.6%

97.5%

97.5%

Hospice and palliative care dyspnea treatment

95.3%

95.2%

95.1%

94.8%

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New OIG report once again hammers hospice industry about general inpatient care

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A new report from the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) contends that while hospice care can provide great comfort to patients and their loved ones, the industry has vulnerabilities that affect program integrity and the quality of care.
While recommendations within the July 31 report come in response to prior evaluations, audits and investigative work — nothing new — it’s still important for hospices to pay close attention, says …

Final rule: Hospice payments rise by 1.8%, PAs can be attending physicians

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The hospice industry will receive $340 million in increased payments in 2019, according to CMS’ final hospice payment rule posted Aug. 1 on the Federal Register. That’s nearly twice the payment increase from 2018.
Hospices will receive 1.8% more in payments.
The industry only received a 1% increase in 2018. That lower amount largely was due to a one-time, 1% reduction in the payment update because of the Medicare Access and …