Hospices Overcoming Challenges in Vetting Staff

Issues such as criminal background checks and credentialing and privileging are significant drivers of regulatory deficiencies among hospice providers, leading hospices to seek strategies to improve compliance. Inadequate vetting of staff was one of the most commonly occurring regulatory survey deficiencies discussed in recent reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office […]

Effective Comprehensive Assessments Prevent Hospice Survey Deficiencies

Hospices are taking stock of their comprehensive patient assessment processes in the wake of two government reports on quality deficiencies that received widespread media coverage. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released the reports in July, indicating that more than 87% of the 4,563 hospices operating in […]

Three California Hospices Form Statewide Partnership

Three California-based hospices — the Elizabeth Hospice in San Diego, Mission Hospice & Home Care in San Mateo and Hospice of Santa Cruz County — have formed a strategic partnership called the California Hospice Network to support the growth of community-based hospice care throughout their state.  Though each network member will remain a distinct, independent […]