July 26, 2011

Hospice Care Wins Modern Healthcare’s Big Impact Tournament

From a field that began with 64 contestants in four major categories – People, Companies, Innovations, and Events – Hospice Care won Modern Healthcare’s Big Impact Tournament, having had the biggest impact on the healthcare delivery system over the past 35 years.

“Much of what now is considered integral to quality healthcare has roots that can be traced back to hospice,” said J. Donald Schumacher, president and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. “It is heartening to see that the readers of Modern Healthcare recognize the innovative contributions of hospice during a time when reducing hospital readmissions, medical home and other hallmarks of quality are being discussed as essential elements of quality, cost-effective care.”

Innovations that are hallmarks of hospice care include:

Patient-centered care – focusing on the wishes and priorities of those being cared for;
Home and community-based care – empowering patients to receive care at home, nursing homes, assisted living and other settings;
Family caregivers – supporting families and teaching them to care for their loved ones at home;
Interdisciplinary, holistic care – delivering care and services that focus on pain management, symptom control, psychosocial and spiritual support. 

To read the complete press release, visit NHPCO