NHPCO Comments on NEJM Article and Emphasizes Position of Hospice Community
- All eligible patients should have access to quality hospice care and the field supports the preservation and enhancement of the Medicare hospice benefit.
- High-quality care for patients and families facing life-limiting illness is provided by non-profit, for-profit, and government-owned organizations throughout the nation.
- All providers should follow quality standards for care.
- Transparency and fair regulatory scrutiny in the field is called for and endorsed.
- Increased access and awareness to quality hospice and palliative care should be promoted through collaboration and expansion.
The points listed above were agreed upon in a consensus statement signed by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, the National Hospice Work Group, Visiting Nurses Association of America, and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.
Since the inception of the Medicare hospice benefit, tens of millions of patients and families have availed themselves of this unique, interdisciplinary and cost effective approach to care at the end of life. Moreover, patient and family satisfaction with hospice care is extremely high with more than 95% of families reporting their experience as excellent according to data collected by NHPCO.
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MedPAC has undertaken review of the Medicare hospice benefit, as referenced in the NEJM article. NHPCO has stated that any changes in the benefit should be framed in the context of a comprehensive review of the various and complex components of end-of-life care.
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SOURCE National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization