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OIG Reports Serious Patient Safety Events in 20% of Hospices

Posted on Saturday, July 13, 2019 6:22 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 events like failing to make home visits, failing to manage pain and maggots in patients feeding tubes.

“There is a really large range of deficiencies and the ones that are highlighted in this report which represent neglect really seem like they should be a path towards termination,” Mollie Gurian, chief strategy officer for the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI) told Hospice News. “We would ask that CMS educate the people who are doing these surveys to make sure they understand the difference.”

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