We all need to know and understand the (CoPs) Conditions of Participation, because if hospice agencies do not comply with the conditions then they can (and do) lose their Medicare certification. Nationwide Medicare covers 40 million beneficiaries, an average over 80% of all Hospice patients.
In future articles we will deal with many of these areas individually, but in this post I want to go over all of the basics needed to comply with the CoPs:
Why It Is Important To Know CoPs:
Other than death, there are two ways a hospice can end hospice services:
1. The hospice can discharge the patient:
The update of the comprehensive assessment must be accomplished by the hospice interdisciplinary group (in collaboration with the individual's attending physician, if any) and must consider changes that have taken place since the initial assessment. It must include information on the patient's progress toward desired outcomes, as well as a reassessment of the patient's response to care.
The assessment update must be accomplished as frequently as the condition of the patient requires, but no less frequently than every 15 days.
Plan of Care