Hospice care takes national award

From a small, progressive movement some 30 years ago, to winning an award for “biggest impact on the healthcare delivery system in 35 years,” hospice care has come a long way! Beating out 64 other contestants in Modern Healthcare’s Big Impact Tournament, we are proud to see hospice care acknowledged on such a large stage. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization had this to say on the win:

“Much of what now is considered integral to quality healthcare has roots that can be traced back to hospice,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “It is heartening to see that the readers of Modern Healthcare recognize the innovative contributions of hospice during a time when reducing hospital readmissions, medical home and other hallmarks of quality are being discussed as essential elements of quality, cost-effective care.”

Innovations that are hallmarks of hospice care include:

  • Patient-centered care – focusing on the wishes and priorities of those being cared for;
  • Home and community-based care – empowering patients to receive care at home, nursing homes, assisted living and other settings;
  • Family caregivers – supporting families and teaching them to care for their loved ones at home;
  • Interdisciplinary, holistic care – delivering care and services that focus on pain management, symptom control, psychosocial and spiritual support;

Hospice care’s commitment to patient’s wishes and needs, along with the comprehensive care teams that provide the services needed, make for a valuable combination.