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OIG: Hospice Nurses Failed to Assess Aides in 99,000 Cases

Posted on Monday, December 2, 2019 1:13 PM

According to a new report from the Department of U.S. Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG), hospice nurses failed to assess quality of care provided by hospice aides in 99,00 cases in 2016.  CMS Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for hospices requires a RN to visit the place of care and assess the care provided by the aides and document their findings. 

OIG completed an audit of 189,000 high-risk registered nurse visits (two within a fourteen-day period) between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2016.

“These deficiencies occurred because of hospices’ lack of oversight, scheduling errors, employee turnover, and the registered nurses not being aware of the 14-day supervisory visit requirement,” OIG indicated in the report. “As a result, there was no assurance that beneficiaries admitted to those hospices received the appropriate care while in hospice care.”

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