Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Hospice and Palliative Care.
NHPCO Pediatric Facts and Figure, 2023 Edition
Provides an overview of pediatric hospice and palliative care in the United States. Includes information and data on patient characteristics, access to care, reimbursement, barriers and facilitators to care, and more. Section 3 compares the number and percentage of metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties with access to pediatric hospice and palliative care.
Date: 06/2023 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization view details
Hospice: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19
Outlines specific regulatory waivers and Medicare flexibilities for hospice providers issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes information on payments for COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics. Identifies whether each waiver or flexibility has been terminated, will end at the conclusion of the public health emergency, or has become permanent.
Date: 05/2023 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services view details
Palliative Care and Healthcare Utilization among Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients in U.S. Hospitals
Examines in-patient palliative care use by hospitalized metastatic breast cancer patients. Analyzes 26,961 female patients from 2010 to 2014 for palliative care use, with patient information further broken down by age, race, income, insurance type, and status of hospital utilized, such as urban teaching, urban nonteaching, or rural.
Author(s): Sun Jung Kim, Isha Patel, Chanhyun Park, Dong Yeong Shin, Jongwha Chang Citation: Scientific Reports,13, 4358 Date: 03/2023 Type: Document view details
MedPAC Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy: Hospice Services: Chapter 10
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 2010 and between 2017-2021. Compares the actual hospice utilization rates in micropolitan, rural adjacent, rural nonadjacent, and frontier areas to urban hospice utilization rates. Presents data on costs by day, aggregate margins, and the aggregate cap by urban and rural status.
Date: 03/2023 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission view details
Increasing Knowledge of Palliative Care in South Dakota
Describes the creation of the South Dakota Palliative Care Network and discusses its work to increase knowledge of palliative care among rural healthcare professionals, nursing students, and community members in the state.
Author(s): Allee Mead Citation: Rural Monitor Date: 11/2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub view details
Medicare Payment Basics: Hospice Services Payment System
Overview of the Medicare hospice benefit and Medicare payments to hospice providers. Describes the four levels of care of the hospice prospective payment system and payment rates.
Date: 10/2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission view details
Availability of Medicare-Certified Hospice Services in Minoritized Racial/Ethnic Group Areas
Explores the availability of hospice care nationwide across ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) categorized by rurality and racial and ethnic composition. Provides data on the characteristics of hospice providers that serve rural areas and a high proportion of minoritized ethnic and racial groups, as well as the percent of ZCTAs served by one or no hospice providers by Rural-Urban Commuting Area (RUCA) Code.
Author(s): Janice C. Probst, Nicholas Yell, Gabriel Benavidez, Jan Eberth, Melinda Merrell Date: 08/2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center) view details
Hospice Care Index Technical Report
Provides an overview of the Hospice Care Index (HCI), a new Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) quality measure. Presents data and descriptive trends for the overall index score and each of the ten claims-based indicators that make up the HCI using Medicare claims data from fiscal years 2019-2021. Includes comparisons of hospices by the number of claims, decade of certification, ownership, facility type, region, and urban/rural location.
Date: 07/2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organizations: Abt Associates, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services view details
Palliative Care — More Than Just Hospice, with Karla Weng and Pat Justis
An episode of the Exploring Rural Health podcast featuring Karla Weng, Senior Program Manager for Stratis Health, and Pat Justis, Director of the Washington State Office of Rural Health. Discusses rural palliative care and an initiative to expand access in rural communities in Washington State, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Date: 06/2022 Type: Audio Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub view details
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