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Resources by Topic: Hospice and palliative care

Medicare Payment Basics: Hospice Services Payment System
Overview of the Medicare hospice and palliative care benefit for beneficiaries who have a life expectancy of six months or less, and Medicare payments to hospice and palliative care providers. Describes the four levels of care of the hospice prospective payment system and payment rates.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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America's Care of Serious Illness: A State-by-State Report Card on Access to Palliative Care in Our Nation's Hospitals
Examines access to palliative care services in hospitals. Includes some data on access to palliative care in rural hospitals with 50 or more beds and in hospitals with fewer than 50 beds, many of which are in rural areas.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center to Advance Palliative Care, National Palliative Care Research Center
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Improving Access to and Equity of Care for People with Serious Illness Proceedings of a Workshop
Summarizes an April 2019 public workshop on models of care delivery for people with serious illness. Includes discussion of access to care in rural areas, including access to hospice and palliative care.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Geriatrics and Palliative Care, Fall 2018 Cycle: CDP Report
Evaluates 5 quality measures related to geriatrics and palliative care and supports using them for quality improvement efforts and reporting programs. The measures include 1) improvement in ambulation/locomotion; 2) improvement in bathing; 3) improvement in bed transferring; 4) improvement in management of oral medication; and 5) improvement in pain interfering with activity. The measures were not risk-adjusted for rurality.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Quality Forum
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Palliative Care Policy Paper
Policy position paper focused on rural palliative care. Discusses the value of palliative care and identifies rural considerations. Includes policy recommendations.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Sustainability Strategies for Community-based Palliative Care
Summarizes themes from two roundtable discussions conducted in late 2018 with 9 rural palliative care programs in Minnesota and surrounding states. Offers examples and resources for sustainability strategies to support community-based palliative care programs.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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MedPAC Data Book: Health Care Spending and the Medicare Program, 2019
Provides an overview of Medicare spending and highlights data on Medicare beneficiary demographics, dual-eligible beneficiaries, quality of care provided through the Medicare program, and other payer liability. Examines settings of care, including rural specific provider sites, as they relate to spending, access to care, and profit margins. Compares rural to urban throughout. Chart 6-1 addresses rural hospital closures.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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MedPAC Comment on CMS's Proposed Rule on Hospice for FY 2020
Comments on an April 25, 2019 Federal Register proposed rule updating payments for hospice and hospice quality reporting. Addresses proposed changes to the wage index system that would adjust for geographical differences, potentially impacting rural areas.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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Life 'til the End: Hospice in Rural America
Describes the role of hospice in rural communities. Features a rural Iowa family sharing how hospice helped them care for their father at the end of his life. Also highlights a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Wisconsin that provides hospice care, explaining how this service supports the hospital's mission to provide care to the community.
Author(s): Tami Lichtenberg
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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MedPAC Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy: Hospice Services: Chapter 12
Discusses payment adequacy for hospice and palliative support services. Includes statistics with breakdowns by urban and rural locations and demographics on Medicare decedents who used hospice during 2000 and 2014-2017.
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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