GAO Urges CMS to Update Hospice Rules for Reporting Abuse, Neglect

Hospices should be required to report every example of neglect or abuse, even if the offender is not an employee, according to recommendations in a new reort from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Currently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires hospices to report abuse and/or neglect of patients involving members of the…

Congress Seeks Intel on Impact of Travel Nurses on Health Care Sector

Travel nurses have long been a staple of the health care sector, but as the result of the ongoing health professions shortage and the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE), use of travel nurses has become a much more prevalent aspect of our nation’s health care delivery system.  In conjunction with growth in the demand for…

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…