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2019: Vulnerabilities in Hospice Care

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The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General has released two reports which found that from 2012 through 2016, the majority of U.S. hospices that participated in Medicare had one or more deficiencies in the quality of care they provided to their patients. Some Medicare beneficiaries were seriously harmed when hospices provided poor care or failed to take action in cases of abuse. OIG made several recommendations in both reports to strengthen safeguards to protect Medicare hospice beneficiaries from harm and to ensure hospices are held accountable for deficiencies in their programs.

Text graphic explaining the problem areas in hospice care and OIG's recommendations to CMS to address those problem areas.

Last updated August 20, 2020