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NPR Story on Hospice at Home Demonstrates Need for more Hospice

Posted on Monday, January 27, 2020 12:36 PM

The hospice benefit under Medicare offers care catering to physical, medical, psychosocial, emotional and spiritual needs during the last six months of life.  More patients and their families are seeking out hospice as they are learning that hospice increases satisfaction for end of life care. 

““Patients Want to Die at Home, But Home Hospice Care can be Tough on Families” (NPR, 1/21/2020) presents some compelling concerns raised by family members that illustrate the caregiver burden that can be associated with care of patients at the end of life. An unfortunate reality is that the Medicare hospice benefit, consistent with the rest of the Medicare program, does not cover extended in-home care.” 

Hospice care needs to expand to include additional services, it needs to be expanded to include hands-on care.  NAHC eagerly supports expanding patient and family supports, and as part of its plan for reform of the process under which hospices are surveyed for compliance with health and safety requirements, they urge Congress to establish a hospice-focused ombudsman program to address and respond to patient and family concerns.

Source: NAHC Report

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