Oncology Care Evaluation Finds Little Impact of Model on Use/Timing of Hospice Election

Access to Palliative Care and Advance Care Planning Enhanced Since 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been conducting an alternative payment model based on six-month episodes for cancer care to test whether financial incentives connected to care performance can improve quality and reduce Medicare spending.  The Oncology Care Model (OCM) applies…

Hospice Groups Outline Priorities for Possible New COVID-19 Legislation

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and a group of hospice organizations have sent a letter to Congress highlighting the need for further health care reform to allow hospice and palliative care to serve their patients while stemming the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. Over the last several weeks, Congress has…

The Challenges States Face to Promote Advanced Care Planning

Efforts by the various states to promote advanced care planning vary widely in their techniques and success, often leading to confusion for patients and access problems for clinicians, according to a new study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). An advance care directive is a written instruction recognized under state law and relating to the…