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Hospice Care gets its own Compare website at Medicare-Medicaid
CMS now provides seniors with 9 “Compare” websites - list below
Aug. 17, 2017 - Hospice care was slow to be accepted but has officially moved up to be one of the standard services for senior citizens and the elderly. It became official yesterday with the launch of its own “compare website” on the list of those provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
The Hospice Compare site displays information in a ready-to-use format and provides a snapshot of the quality of care each hospice facility offers to its patients.
CMS says it is “working diligently” to make healthcare quality information more transparent and understandable for consumers to empower them to take ownership of their health.
“The Hospice Compare website is an important tool for the American people and will help empower them in a time of vulnerability as they look for information necessary to make important decisions about hospice care for loved ones,” said CMS Administrator Seema Verma.
“The CMS Hospice Compare website is a reliable resource for family members and care givers who are looking for facilities that will provide quality care.”
Hospice facilities offer specialized care and support to individuals with a terminal illness and a prognosis of six months or less if the illness runs its normal course. Once a patient elects hospice care, the focus shifts from curative treatment to palliative care for relief of pain and symptom management, and care is generally provided where the patient lives.
Additionally, caregivers can get support through the hospice benefit, such as grief and loss counseling. Hospice Compare helps patients and caregivers find hospice providers in their area and compare them on quality of care metrics.
The Hospice Compare site allows patients, family members, caregivers, and healthcare providers to compare hospice providers based on important quality metrics, such as the percentage of patients that were screened for pain or difficult or uncomfortable breathing, or whether patients’ preferences are being met. Currently, the data on Hospice Compare is based on information submitted by approximately 3,876 hospices.
The Hospice Compare website will reflect current industry best practices for consumer-facing websites and will be optimized for mobile use. For more information, please visit https://www.medicare.gov/hospicecompare/ to view the new Compare site.
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