A new report from the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) contends that while hospice care can provide great comfort to patients and their loved ones, the industry has vulnerabilities that affect program integrity and the quality of care.
While recommendations within the July 31 report come in response to prior evaluations, audits and investigative work — nothing new — it’s still important for hospices to pay close attention, says Theresa Forster, vice president for hospice policy and programs for the National Association for Home Care & Hospice.
Among other things in the wake of the July 31 report, hospices must understand that general inpatient (GIP) care remains a major target and that there’s an increased need to ensure documentation is bulletproof for patients requiring that level of care, industry experts say.
Overall, the OIG’s report provides CMS with 15 specific recommendations. CMS didn’t concur with many of those recommendations.