Hospitals

Enhanced Patient Experience

Hospice patients and their families routinely report a greater quality of care near the end of life than non-hospice patients with similar advanced illnesses. ProCare Hospice offers reduced symptom distress and high patient and family satisfaction, resulting in better hospital performance outcomes. 

Quicker Transitions to a Preferred Care Setting

ProCare Hospice handles care transitions in accordance with CMS guidelines, limiting the liability and resource strain on your hospital.

When you trust ProCare Hospice to care for your patients, here’s what you can expect:

  • An admissions evaluation at the hospital within a matter of hours from referral.
  • Efficient coordination of admission, an individualized care plan, home medical equipment delivery and team visits.Transition to the appropriate care setting, whether in a private residence, nursing facility, assisted living facility, skilled nursing facility or inpatient hospice unit.

Reduced Length of Stay

Hospice care helps patients achieve an ideal death in their preferred setting, reducing lengths of stay and in-hospital mortality rates. Hospice also frees up ICU beds, as patients who would otherwise require treatment in the ICU can instead receive comfort-focused care at home or in a hospice inpatient unit.

Patients who require extended stays, multiple rehospitalizations, readmissions to the ER, or who die in the hospital, can reflect poorly on hospital performance metrics. ProCare Hospice provides all four levels of hospice care to meet a patient’s varying needs throughout their disease trajectory, reducing or eliminating the need for hospital or ER visits.

Reduced Medicare Spending

As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) pushes the healthcare industry toward a value-based payment system, hospitals and healthcare systems have more reasons to perform well on various quality metrics and surveys.

Medicare spending per beneficiary is used to evaluate a hospital’s ability to deliver cost-efficient care. Studies indicate that patients with advanced illnesses who elect hospice care cost Medicare less than patients in non-hospice settings prior to death. This holds true across variable lengths of stay, with notable savings evident even in hospice patients who enrolled only 1–7 days prior to death.

Referring your patient to ProCare Hospice can improve your hospital’s per-beneficiary cost metrics, while reducing the financial burden on patients and families.

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