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Protecting Medicare Hospice Beneficiaries From Harm

The Medicare hospice program is an important benefit for beneficiaries and their families and caregivers at the end of a beneficiary's life. Surveys and complaint investigations are critical to oversight of the care hospices provide to beneficiaries. This study is a companion to Trends in Hospice Deficiencies and Complaints (OEI-02-17-00020), in whichwe determine the extent and nature of hospice deficiencies and complaints and identify trends. For this study, we will use the survey reports to provide more detail about poor-quality care that resulted in harm to beneficiaries. We will describe specific instances of harm to Medicare hospice beneficiaries and identify the vulnerabilities in Medicare's process for preventing and addressing harm.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
November 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Protecting Medicare Hospice Beneficiaries From Harm Office of Evaluation and Inspections OEI-02-17-00021 2019