National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization to Hold Open Discussion About Length of Stay

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Controversy About End-of-Life Care to Be Examined by Policy and Media Professionals

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On March 25, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) will hold a panel discussion to review questions recently raised about the appropriate length of stay in hospice care. “The Right Care at the Right Time: An Open Conversation About Hospice Length of Stay” will feature leading experts in hospice policy and a health care editor of a nationally recognized publication, and include a Q-and-A with a caregiver to provide a firsthand account of her parents’ experience in hospice.

Often, loved ones enter hospice so close to death, they experience end-of-life care for just a short time. Lately, this aspect of hospice and palliative care has been overshadowed by a focus on longer-stay patients, with journalists and experts questioning whether some parts of the hospice industry profit unreasonably, or even seek to profit, from lengthier stays.

As an organization committed to enhancing the quality of life for those nearing the end of their lives, NHPCO invites you to explore all perspectives of this issue.

Don Schumacher, CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, will provide opening remarks, followed by keynote speaker Jonathan Blum, principal deputy administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Panelists include:

•Joanne Kenan, hospice reporter and health care editor, Politico
•Don Taylor, associate professor of public policy, Sanford School of Public Policy; associate professor of community and family medicine and nursing, Duke University Medical Center
•Bruce Scott, M.D., doctor of geriatric and palliative medicine; hospice medical director, Crossroads Hospice of Dayton

What: The Right Care at the Right Time: An Open Conversation About Hospice Length of Stay
When: March 25, 2014, 9–11:30 a.m.
Where: Columbus Club at Union Station
50 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002

Media Registration: Interested members of the media should contact Robyn Mincher at 571-814-3367 or rmincher(at)reingold(dot)com. To join the conversation live online and tweet questions using the #RCRT hashtag, visit

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