Accountability, by definition, is a willingness to accept responsibility for one’s actions, and the results produced by those actions. The definition by itself is rather simplistic, but how many of us reading this flinched at the thought of holding others accountable?
Hospices are on the hook for all items, services, and drugs related to the patient’s prognosis. Stated in CMS language: “…services Unrelated to the terminal illness and related conditions should be exceptional, unusual, and rare … hospices are required to provide virtually all the care needed by terminally ill patients.”
We look forward to the yearly Employee Engagement survey and shake our heads in wonder when the results point to “not enough communication from leaders!” This is despite quarterly All Staff mtgs, a mostly monthly newsletter, staff mtgs, supervisor’s wkly Big Rocks or Need to Know communication, wkly IDG mtgs, and tons of emails!
What the heck is a Carve-in?
It is the opposite of what Hospice providers have enjoyed for the past many years - the Carve-out! Currently, Medicare beneficiaries who have Medicare Advantage (MA) Plans revert to traditional Medicare when they elect the Medicare Hospice benefit - thus, they are “carved out” of MA plans.