Hospice Compare: San Diego County

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released in August 2017 information about quality of care measures for hospice providers. The Hospice Quality Reporting Program is designed to provide consumers with relevant scoring information for hospice care facilities.

The seven quality measures for hospice and palliative care are:

- Treatment Preferences
- Beliefs/Values Addressed
- Pain Screening
- Pain Assessment
- Shortness of breath Screening
- Shortness of breath Treatment
- Patients treated with opioids who are given a bowel regimen for constipation

Not all facilities in San Diego County reported full statistics. See the footnotes below as identified in the searchable database:

1 – The number of patient stays is too few to report (fewer than 20 patient stays).
2 – Data was not available for the reporting period.
3 – Data was suppressed by CMS upon request from the agency.
4 – Data was not submitted for the reporting period.
5 – The data results are based on a shorter time period than required by CMS.

Related story: New Medicare website measures quality of hospice care

Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 


New Medicare website measures quality of hospice care

by Cheryl Clark | Aug. 17, 2017

For the first time, Medicare officials have posted online quality scores for some 3,800 hospice providers — including about two dozen in San Diego County.

The scores are on a website launched Wednesday called Hospice Compare. And most San Diego hospices did well on most measures compared with national averages.

Kate Goodrich of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said the new transparency for end-of-life care will provide “a snapshot on the quality of care delivered by each provider” that will “help consumers make informed decisions about important aspects of hospice care.”

Read the full story here.

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