Pain Management Tools for Hospice Providers Sets the Stage for Upcoming Regulatory Requirements
NDoc continues to support hospice providers prepare for the upcoming October 1, 2012 compliance to the Comfort in Dying measure as part of CMS Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement (QAPI) initiative for Hospices.
NDoc has enhanced the pain screening and assessment that allows hospice agencies to establish pain management protocols and measure the outcomes. The goal is to manage the pain within 48-72 hours of admission. The results will eventually be posted on the CMS website and compared to other hospices. Agencies will want to show that they are the best at making patient comfortable during their dying experience. NDoc helps them manage this process and keep them on track. NDoc Hospice solution helps the clinicians better manage patient care.
The Comfortable Dying measure is the first CMS-required hospice quality outcome measure, and hospices must begin capturing patient data on October 1, 2012. It is time to prepare your team and information systems with these steps:
- Educate your staff
- Capture data
- Benchmark data
By following these steps and using NDoc Hospice, this will help you prepare for CMS Quality Reporting, benchmarking, and effective QAPI.