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List of services considered hospice
In a comparison of hospice services offered by mixed and nonmixed agencies, authors Shayna E. Rich, MA, an MD/PhD candidate, and Ann L. Gruber-Baldini, PhD, an associate professor at Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, asked directors of hospices that are a part of a home health agency and directors of hospice-only agencies to identify hospice-related services offered by their agencies.1
Typically, mixed agencies provided fewer of the hospice services than nonmixed agencies, with hospice-only agencies routinely providing volunteers, physician services, spiritual care, bereavement care, counseling, and medications more frequently. Mixed agencies did more often provide services such as skilled nursing, physical therapy, and occupational therapy on a more frequent basis. Social services were offered at a comparable level by both agencies.
Services defined as core hospice services in study: volunteers, physician services, spiritual care, bereavement care, counseling, dietary and nutritional services, social services, and skilled nursing services.
Services described as noncore hospice services: medications, durable medical equipment and supplies, continuous home care, respite care, personal care, homemaker/household services, intravenous therapy, speech therapy/audiology, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.
Other services: pastoral care, transportation, respiratory therapy, psychological services, enterostomal therapy, referral services, companion services, and meals.
1. Rich SE, Gruber-Baldini AL. Differences in services provided by hospices based on home health agency certification status. Med Care 2009; 47:9-14.
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For more information about hospice services in a mixed or nonmixed agency, contact:
Kim Kranz, RN, MS, Vice President of Operations, Home Nursing Agency, 201 Chestnut Ave., Altoona, PA 16603-0352. Phone: (814) 946-5411. Fax: (814) 941-1648. E-mail: email@example.com.
Mark Murray, President and CEO, The Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, 111 Sunnybrook CT, South Bend, IN 46637. Telephone: (574) 243-3100. E-mail: Mmurray@centerforhospice.org.
Linda Rock, MPH, Executive Director, Prairie Haven Hospice, Two W. 42nd St., Suite 2300, Scottsbluff, NE 69361. Telephone: (308) 630-1149. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about data software to identify potential hospice patients, contact:
Strategic Healthcare Programs, 121 E. Mason St., Suite B, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Telephone: (805) 963-9446. Fax: (805) 963-2102. Web: www.shpdata.com. The company offers software tools designed for specific types of home care agencies such as home health, hospice, and durable medical equipment. Costs vary according to type of software application and size of organization.