In the absence of a hospice consumer guide from the government, The Washington Post has created one using available Medicare data. The newspaper unveiled the quality tool Sunday, in an article criticizing a lack of transparency around hospice quality.
Medicare hospice payments set to increase; Washington Post ties payment system to lack of care for suffering patientsMay 06, 2014
A troubling proportion of hospices fail to provide skilled nursing care to patients approaching death or who are experiencing a crisis such as increased pain, according to a lengthy Washington Post article published Saturday. The Post report appeared one day after the government proposed increasing Medicare hospice payments in 2015.
I know being cynical is bad for me. I'm sure it's even worse for my health than all the arsenic in my rice. It's probably killing me slowly and softly, as its tentacles snake into my ever-darkening soul. But these days, contamination seems unavoidable, like I'm living near a leaky nuclear reactor. Which it turns out I actually am.
At first it looked like just another round of whining about the media. Nothing gets more tedious than long-term care providers making off-base comments about their portrayal in the popular press.
LeadingAge will host its spring annual meeting Sunday through Wednesday in Washington. Typically considered a "Capitol Hill fly-in" during which providers meet with their respective states' lawmakers to push the LeadingAge agenda, the meeting also will feature keynote speakers, workshops and educational sessions throughout. There also will be an exhibit hall Monday morning. Educator and a co-author of the best-selling "Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard" Dan Heath will deliver the keynote leadership address Monday morning.
Finally, something else to lie awake worrying about. A news story last week cited a study suggesting that sleep quality should improve with age. Great. That's all I need. More pressure.
Healthcare analysts at the Department of Health and Human Services are re-evaluating Medicare's "ultra-high" billing category for therapy services in skilled nursing facilities as a potential way to reduce wasteful spending, according to a Washington Post report.