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Latest release of Hospice Compare shows agencies stepped up on pain assessments

Hospices have taken a big step forward on pain assessment, the Hospice Item Set (HIS) measure that has caused them the biggest struggle.

In the Dec. 12 update of Hospice Compare, providers’ scores have improved on all seven assessment-based quality measures from the HIS.

Hospices made slight improvements in six measures — between 0.1% and 0.3%.

On pain assessment, meanwhile, providers scored 78.7%. That’s an improvement of 1% from the website’s Aug. 16 launch.

Hospice Compare includes scores from seven measures: treatment preferences; beliefs/values addressed (if desired by the patient); pain screening; pain assessment; dyspnea screening; dyspnea treatment; and patients treated with an opioid who are given a bowel regimen.

 

Source: Home Health Line