Hospices: Create an Effective Plan of Care

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Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP
Clinical Consultant | Briggs Healthcare


In the February 11, 2021 edition of  MLN Connects, you’ll find this posting of valuable hospice resources (information in brackets added by me):

An Office of Inspector General (OIG) report [38 pages – July 2019] found that most hospices have at least one deficiency in their quality of care. Review the Creating an Effective Hospice Plan of Care [August 2020] fact sheet to learn about principles of care planning, care coordination, and common deficiencies. Additional resources:

Hospice Conditions of Participation final rule [134 pages – June 5, 2008]

Medicare Fee-for-Service Response to the Public Health Emergency on COVID-19 MLN Matters Article [19 pages – November 9, 2020]

Quality, Certification, and Oversight Reports database  

Quality, Safety & Education Portal  

State Operations Manual Appendix M – Guidance to Surveyors: Hospice [182 pages – February 21, 2020]  


How effective is your “QA” program?

Does it meet the requirements of the 2018 CoPs? Is it worth the time you spend on it, or is it mostly “busy work” that looks good on paper, but doesn’t really improve your quality of care outcomes?

Join Teresa Northcutt, Quality Specialist, (virtually) for a QAPI Master Class on March 9-10, 2021. You’ll get hands on practice with your reports (not those faux reports), evaluate your QAPI program to ensure it meets the CoPs, and develop a customized QAPI project to address one of your target measures.

This program has been adapted to a virtual format with two morning group programs and a personal session the first afternoon to review your data reports.

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