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MJHS ranks above national average across all categories on new CMS Hospice Compare website

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MJHS, a leading hospice and palliative care program based in New York, has scored higher than the national average in every category of the new Hospice Compare ranking system, an online database recently launched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Hospice Compare assesses the quality of care at hospice programs across the country. Similar to other recent CMS scoring initiatives for nursing homes, this system is designed to help patients, family members, caregivers and health care providers evaluate and compare hospice programs based on common metrics.

“We are pleased that CMS Hospice Compare data rank our quality of care so highly,” says Eleanor Canning, SVP of MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care. “As one of the original and largest not-for-profit hospice and palliative care programs in the Greater New York area, it is gratifying to have our high standards nationally recognized and validated. It has always been our mission to treat our patients with compassion, dignity and respect.”

Notable MJHS statistics include:

  • 96.1% of patients received timely and thorough pain assessment when pain was identified as a problem, compared to the national average of 77.7%
  • 99.1% of patients were checked for pain at the beginning of hospice care, compared to the national average of 93.9%
  • 99.8% of patients or caregivers were asked about their beliefs and values at the beginning of hospice care, compared to the national average of 93.6%
  • 100% of patients or caregivers were asked about treatment preferences like hospitalization and resuscitation at the beginning of hospice care, compared to the national average of 93.6%

Hospice Compare includes data submitted by approximately 3,876 hospices collected between September 30, 2015, and September 29, 2016. Each agency electronically reported data to CMS by using the Hospice Item Set (HIS). Hospice Compare assesses the quality of care at hospice programs across the country. Similar to other recent CMS scoring initiatives for nursing homes, this system is designed to help patients, family members, caregivers and health care providers evaluate and compare hospice programs based on common metrics.

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