more press on medicare hospice cap

Monday, October 29, 2007

More Press on the Medicare Hospice Cap

Apparently Oklahoma is the home of the Medicare Hospice Cap issue, or at least that is the place where the news media is paying attention. Again, thanks to a reader who sent a link to this local news report on the cap. (I have never linked to video, so I hope this works. Let me know if you have problems.)

Personally, I seem to find something distasteful about using an actual hospice patient in the story. I can’t really put my finger on why though. Let me know what you think.


Frances Shani Parker, Author

Thanks for sharing this infomation, Hospice Guy. I think using a real hospice patient makes this important story easier to understand and relate to at a personal level. Many people are not familiar with hospice care and can benefit from this personalized approach.

In addition, this family might receive positive support from potential advocates and caregivers by going public with their story.

Frances Shani Parker
Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog


I am a certified hospice and palliative care nurse, working in the industry for over 11 years. I believe that Medicare needs to change the reimbursement on hospice care, however I am working with an agency that provides care to patients that are terminally ill REGARDLESS of the reimbursement rate. We feel that the terminally ill patient and their family should be shielded from agency fiscal concerns and reimbursement restrictions. They have enough to worry about! This is the hospice’s burden. It should NEVER be a concern of the patient or family. Telling a family that they are being discharged because they haven’t died in the required time frame is unforgivable.

Christian Sinclair, MD

Glad to see you back with the occasional post. Keep it up Hospiceguy! We need more hospice bloggers.

The video looks fine but it does cut over the frame a bit on my computer (Firefox browser) Playback was fine.