CMS launches Hospice Compare website

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today 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 data to... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, hospice

CMS finalizes hospice wage index, payment rates for FY 2018

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday issued a final rule updating Medicare’s hospice wage index, payment rates and cap amount for fiscal year 2018. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 set the hospice market basket update at 1% for FY 2018, meaning hospices will... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: quality, Medicare, regulation, hospice

Apply for the 2018 Circle of Life Award

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Does your organization have an innovative palliative and end-of-life care program? If so, consider applying for the 2018 Circle of Life Award.

Since 1999, the “Circle of Life Award: Celebrating Innovation in End-of-Life Care” has honored shining examples of human compassion – care that helps people feel... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, awards, culture of safety, members, hospice, advanced illness care

CMS selects hospices for Medicare model combining hospice, curative services

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More than 140 Medicare-certified hospices will participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model, which will allow eligible Medicare beneficiaries and those dually eligible for Medicaid to receive hospice services while curative services continue, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced today.... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: quality, Medicare, Medicaid, hospice

Hospice linked to fewer depressive symptoms for surviving spouses

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Spouses of patients receiving hospice for three or more days more frequently reported reduced depression symptoms than surviving spouses of patients who did not receive hospice, according to a study published online today by JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers analyzed data from more than 1,000 deceased... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: Partnership for Patients, hospice

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