Navigation Links
NHPCO Statement on MedPAC Recommendations to Congress
Date:2/27/2009

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization released the following statement upon the release of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPAC) March report to Congress. The report includes recommendations to revise the Medicare hospice benefit.

Each year, more than 1.4 million patients and family caregivers seek hospice care. The Medicare hospice benefit is responsible for millions of people living as fully as possible until the end of life. The hospice community is dedicated to not only preserving the benefit, but enhancing it so that hospice is able to continue to appropriately serve the unique and changing needs of dying Americans. Hospice and palliative care providers, through the support that comes from Medicare, are recognized as the leading providers of the interdisciplinary, holistic care considered to be the "gold standard" of end-of-life care.

Hospice care is also cost-effective. As was reported in a 2007 Duke University study, hospice reduced Medicare costs by an average of $2,300 per patient, amounting to a $2 billion savings in a single year.

Statement on MedPAC's Recommendations for Hospice Reform:

"Over the past several years, MedPAC has undertaken a review of the Medicare hospice benefit. While specific reforms and enhanced accountability measures are laudable and should be encouraged, those changes should be framed in the context of a comprehensive review of the various and complex components of end-of-life care, and how the continuum of care can be expanded to increase access for patients and families. Included in this comprehensive review of hospice should be payment methodologies, fiscal constraints review, alternative eligibility criteria, testing of new models of care, as well as any number of other issues. The hospice community is committed to work toward these goals.

"Guiding this review ought to be several clear principles. Among them are:

  • Advancing hospice and palliative care programs as the recognized providers of end-of-life care;
  • Preserving and enhancing the Medicare hospice benefit;
  • Recognizing "high quality" as the standard to which all providers must subscribe;
  • Ensuring accountability through transparency and fair regulatory scrutiny; and
  • Promoting increased access through expansion and collaboration.

"Payment policy is one of the areas of the Medicare hospice benefit that needs to stay current, so that payment appropriately recognizes changes on patient demographics and treatment protocols. Updates should be carefully considered and evidence-based to ensure that behavioral consequences are understood prior to implementation. The present payment methodology has served the hospice community and the public well since its inception, virtually without change. Analysis of both current and historical patient level data is necessary to fully understand and predict future behavior and needs, and make changes that continue to provide benefits to patients and to the Medicare system.

"As with any payment system, dramatic changes to the hospice benefit from established patterns of reimbursement are sure to produce displacements and unintended negative consequences. Given the nature of hospice referrals and the unique characteristics of the end-of-life patient demographics, unintended consequences of such changes are inherently difficult to predict. Any number of issues might warrant attention, but effectively quantifying such items in terms of behavior changes of patients and providers would be difficult. Payment reforms should be incremental, based on adequate data analysis, and need to be undertaken carefully, with effects on the patient and family in mind.

"The hospice community applauds the open and informed process that MedPAC undertook to produce the recommendations, and looks forward to working with the Commission, appropriate oversight agencies, and Congress to ensure that the Medicare hospice benefit continues to serve patients at the end of life in the compassionate and high-quality manner that they deserve and expect."


'/>"/>
SOURCE National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. NHPCO Reports Growth in Number of Hospice Patients Served, 1.4 Million, With a Wider Range of Illnesses Seen by Providers
2. Statement by Robert Greenstein, Executive Director, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, on the Presidents 2010 Budget Proposal
3. Statement by American Heart Association President Timothy Gardner, M.D. in Response to Health Proposals in President Obamas Budget
4. AHIP Statement on the Presidents Budget
5. Forest Laboratories, Inc. Provides Statement in Response to Complaint Filed by U.S. Government
6. Press Statement Issued by Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited
7. NutraCea to Restate Financial Statements for 2007 and 2008
8. Synutra Issues Statement Regarding Market Rumors on Revocation of its Production Certification
9. Public Health Groups Statement on Passage of SB 1105
10. Statement from C. J. Betters on Aliquippa Hospital Status
11. CVS Caremark Issues Statement on Settlement Concerning Disposal of Patient Information at its Retail Stores
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/30/2016)... , ... April 30, 2016 , ... “Aging well is a challenge for all of us, but there are things ... Parul T. Kohli . “Research is showing more and more that there are simple, yet ... and disability as we age.” Top priorities Dr. Kohli’s recommends for her patients include;, ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... Footwear Foundation, the national charitable foundation serving the footwear industry, has broken all ... representing more than 130 companies across 23 states during the months of April ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... the heart of our nation’s productivity, stability, even security. Most importantly, employees are ... organizations. , Then why are American workers so unhappy? , Just under half ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... Fla. (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... Hospital surgeon reveals that infants born with severe congenital diaphragmatic hernia have better ... is born with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH)—a condition where the diaphragm fails to ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... 29, 2016 , ... The Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP), in ... the launch of the GFCP Scoop in response to consumer demand ... the GFCP Scoop site is to keep the gluten-free community updated ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/27/2016)... Italy , April 27, 2016 ... linear accelerator (MR-linac) platform will be the focal point ... meeting of the European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology, ... Elekta,s MR-linac integrates a state-of-the-art radiotherapy system and a ... physician to clearly see the patient,s anatomy in real ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... Shire plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: ... Financial Officer, will present at the Deutsche Bank 41st Annual ... on Wednesday, May 04, 2016, 10:00 am EDT (15:00 BST). ... the Presentations and Webcasts section of Shire,s Investor website at ... be available on this same website for approximately 90 days. ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... April 27, 2016 At the ... launch of a Phase 2 clinical study of its ... patients undergoing cochlear implantation (CI) surgery. This large, placebo-controlled, ... Germany and France ... ear at the time of surgery. "Despite advances in ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: