NAHC/HAA President Responds to Hospice’s Portrayal in the Washington Post
May 5, 2014 06:26 PM
In response to an article from the front page of the May 4, 2014 Washington Post, Val J. Halamandaris, President of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and its affiliated Hospice Association of America (HAA) issued the following statement:
“Hospice care is widely regarded as unique and vital to patients and families that have benefited from this special service. While we know the incidence of hospices failing to address the needs of a patient that is actively dying or in crisis is isolated and by no means widespread, any apparent failure of this kind cannot be tolerated. “Terminal neglect? How some hospices decline to treat the dying” (Washington Post, May 4) sends a clear signal that current oversight efforts are failing, and is a call to policymakers and hospice providers that we must redouble our efforts to ensure appropriate care is available at any time the need arises.
As part of the hospice industry, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice has long urged CMS and the Congress to increase the frequency of surveys for hospice providers to ensure that they are offering a full range of services based on the individual needs of each patient. This is a critical need that must be addressed. We also strongly support ongoing efforts to establish hospice quality measures and the move toward public reporting of those measures so that patients and families have better tools to assist them in choosing a hospice to care for them at this important time in their lives.”
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