I don’t have a lot of time today to comment on this article about the hospice cap issue in the New York Times. It quotes the NAHA group that has been a part of all the other press on this issue, but it also seems to have a bit more reporting to it than other articles on the subject. It does not manipulate patients as I have felt other articles have, so, on that front, it seems that while the discourse is moving to a national level it may be moderating its tone also. (At least that is my hope.)
The most interesting part to me is that, while I found out about the other articles from a couple of readers in Oklahoma or from NAHA’s website, NHPCO was the one who sent a link to this one. The link was part of a set of somewhat vanilla talking points about the cap. There was no mention of NAHA in the talking points which further emphasizes to me that these two groups do not work together. Has NAHA woken the sleeping giant? What will the sleeping giant do once they are awake? We’ll have to wait and see.
(Speaking of the readers in Oklahoma that have directed me to the press in their state about the cap, I’m guessing that this story is about to start getting a lot more coverage. If you see local newspapers or TV news about the cap (or hospice in general) send me the link and I’ll post it to the blog. I think we’ll all benefit by seeing what the different areas of the country publish.)