Hospice Revocations: Risk Factors and Preventive Strategies
Presented by pioneering hospice physician, Marcia Levetown, MD
A "revocation" occurs when a patient or patient's representative who has previously elected hospice revokes their election and leaves hospice. Revocations are painful for patients, families, and hospices. Studies show that most patients who revoke hospice services die shortly thereafter, without the benefit of hospice to provide symptom control, care services at the time of death, or family support services through bereavement. Revocations are also considered negative marks on the quality of hospice services, and revocations are reported to CMS as part of your hospice's "live discharge" rate. Nationally, revocations account for more than 40% of live discharges.
For hospices, the problematic loss of census from revocations is compounded by the greater tragedy of losing the ability to be helpful to patients and families. Does your hospice team know how to identify risk factors for revocation? Do you know how to prevent these upsetting and painful events?
Watch this on-demand webinar presented by pioneering hospice physician Marcia Levetown, MD. Dr. Levetown will provide evidence-based information about the antecedents of hospice revocation and will discuss field-tested strategies for prevention.
Attend to learn about:
- The key factors that increase risk for revocations
- The impact of revocation on patients and families
- Specific, proven strategies to prevent revocation in high-risk populations
Don’t miss this opportunity for you and your team to learn from one of hospice’s most influential thought leaders!
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About the Presenter
Dr. Marcia Levetown was among the first physicians in the U.S. to be certified in hospice and palliative medicine in 2008. She has been a pioneer in the field since 1994 and is a fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She has held professorships in internal medicine and pediatrics, has served as the inaugural chair of the Institute of Palliative Care at the Methodist Hospice in Houston, Texas, as regional medical director for Vitas, and served on an IOM Committee. She is a highly sought after speaker and is the author of two books, several chapters in leading PC textbooks, and many articles and national policies on ethics and palliative care topics.
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