Hospices: OIG Report Does Not Reflect Our Industry
Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2019 6:23 PM
A recent report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) showed that approximately 20% of hospices between 2012 – 2016 had serious patient safety events. The flip side of the coin is that 80% of hospices did not have serious patient events.
“Extreme patient stories highlighted by the media that are not representative of the care most Americans receive can do more to frighten the public than inform them about the benefits of hospice care. NHPCO continues to stress that outliers in the field do not adequately reflect the vast majority of hospice care provision in the [United States],” Edo Banach, president of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), said in a statement.
Since 2014, CMS has required hospices to report on seven specific quality measures. In 2017, hospices performed safely in 6 of 7 categories between 96% and 99% of the time.
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