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June , 2012



Hospice of the Miami Valley, serving the greater Dayton area volunteered for and was one of only nine hospices selected nationwide by RTI International, a contractor for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to participate in a pilot to test the collection of specific data items for hospice quality measures.  This is part of the national effort mandated by the Affordable Care Act to develop a Quality Reporting Program for hospices.  The information collected is focused on patient symptom control and care support needs.  The findings from this project will be used to make recommendations to CMS regarding future development of the Hospice Quality Reporting Program.

Tara Brodbeck, founder and President /CEO of Hospice of the Miami Valley, said she was “honored to participate in this ground-breaking project. It’s encouraging to see that the first data collected is  patient/family centered because that has always been the hallmark of hospice.” Brodbeck is on the board of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in Washington, DC and has chaired the National Quality Standard Committee for hospices which develops and oversees hospice quality standards in the industry.

Brodbeck founded Hospice of the Miami Valley four years ago with a vision to build a uniquely nurse-led organization. The hospice services provider has experienced steady growth while providing new jobs in surrounding communities. The compassionate back to basic grassroots hospice care has been welcomed in extended care facilities as well as individual’s homes.

As an early participant, Hospice of the Miami Valley will have first-phase opportunity to understand future CMS expectations and take a lead in providing direct feedback to the research team.  “We strive to always improve our patient care,” said Brodbeck.  “We focus on delivering quality care to those in our community.  In keeping with this goal, we are accredited by the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP) which reviews and audits our program to ensure that we go above state and Medicare requirements to ensure our patients receive the highest quality of care.”

For more information about how this local hospice can help your loved one, please call 937 458-6028.


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