Hospice Industry Seeks Solutions to Issues in OIG Reports

Posted on Monday, October 21, 2019 11:32 AM

As we covered here, the hospice industry is trying to find solutions to claims made U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG). 

The OIG reports identified some serious examples of safety violations in hospice, but the scope of deficiencies varied from life threatening to paperwork errors.

“Like a lot of things in life, it’s important to understand the context beneath [the reports]. There are some observations inside of it that will allow the industry and trade associations to begin a dialogue,” Nick Westfall, CEO of VITAS Healthcare, a subsidiary of Chemed Corp. (NYSE: CHE), said at the Home Health Care News Summit conference in September. “We can all agree that quality and transparency is absolutely a positive thing but understanding the mechanics of it is an important component. The biggest fear is that when you start producing some of those reports without context for it, it may dissuade the exact thing that the country is trying to do and that ironically the government is trying to do, which is figure out how we get more people in to hospice and into hospice earlier.”  

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