Hospice

Hospice concerns addressed through revised legislation

Concerns regarding compliance with quality and safety standards under the Hospice Conditions of Participation were addressed through legislation recently introduced by two members of the House Ways & Means Committee, Rep. Jimmy Panetta and Rep. Tom Reed.

The legislation entitled, “Helping Our Senior Population in Comfort Environments Act (HOSPICE Act),” was scheduled to be marked up by the committee on Feb. 12.

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) was actively involved in discussions with offices of both houses of Congress to suggest ways to improve the hospice survey process.

The legislation’s provisions included changes to survey frequency, transparency, consistency of hospice surveys, funding, a special focus program, enforcement, remedies, and more.

To view the HOSPICE Act, visit https://bit.ly/2vquxB2.