Thanks for your interest in The Right Care at the Right Time. Recent media reports and comments from regulators have highlighted patients with longer lengths of stay, and have raised questions on whether stays over 180 days suggest inappropriate admissions to hospice and business practices that target patients with longer prognosis to maximize profits.There is no clear cut definition of the ‘end of life’. In addition to the difficult clinical determinations involved in defining a set period of time in which death may occur, there are cultural drivers such as faith, family dynamics, and personal wishes that may determine whether an individual considers the end of their life an estimation of days, weeks, months or even years. The Medicare Hospice Benefit is at the crossroads of these determinations and choices.
In order to create a public dialogue and bring transparency to this complicated set of issues, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Hospice Action Network (NHPCO HAN) hosted The Right Care and the Right Time: An Open Conversation on Hospice Length of Stay on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at Union Station’s Columbus Room in Washington, DC.
Confirmed Speakers (click here for biographies):