Hospice is a major part of medical care for terminally ill patients. Today’s thriving Hospice movement began in New Haven, Connecticut in 1974. There are 6,100 hospices in the United States, and most of these are separate, autonomous agencies.
In order to open a Hospice service, there are a number of steps to be taken to assure legal compliance. You will want your business to be properly accredited. It will be necessary to hire trained, qualified employees and strengthen their skills through ongoing training.
Building your Hospice agency can be a daunting task. You can find the help you need with experts at 21st Century Health Care Consultants Consultants. Read below for some steps you will need to follow before you begin serving clients in your Hospice.
Filling Out Necessary Applications
State applications are the first step, followed by paperwork for The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, including the 855 packet. There will be Clearance Process forms for the Office of Civil Rights and possibly other Medicare forms.
Accreditation agencies require applications. There are three agencies that provide accreditation to Hospice agencies: The Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC), the Joint Commission (TJC), and the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP).
21st Century Health Care Consultant’s expert assistance will be of inestimable value in helping you maneuver your way through these bulky, complex forms and make sure everything is done accurately as you start a hospice agency.
Recruiting And Training Staff
Staff members should be recruited in the correct order. First, a Social Worker, Chaplain, Medical Director must be hired. The Social Worker usually takes care of volunteer committee, and the Chaplain will take care of the bereavement committee. RNs and CNAs for patient care, and a billing staff will be needed.
21st Century Health Care Consultant’s Consultants can help with evaluating resumes, and provide detailed job descriptions.
We will also help with orientation classes, coaching staff on state regulations, standards of accreditation, Conditions of Participation (COPs), legal matters, case management, and necessary documentation.
Ongoing Guidance From 21st Century Health Care Consultants
Through on-going consultative services by email, phone calls, webinars, and visits to your hospice agency, 21st Century Health Care Consultants staff can help assure your agency’s continuing compliance. Reviewing organizational, operational and staffing issues, as well as helping prepare for upcoming surveys are important services they provide.
Clinical medical record forms are crucial to the operation of your Hospice agency’s success. Once purchased, 21st Century Health Care Consultant’s clinical record forms can be used over and over without any further monetary output.
21st Century Health Care Consultants can provide your Hospice with:
- Hospice Clinical Record Forms (also in electronic versions)
- Policy and Procedure Manual for Administrator
- Manual for documenting job description, competency and performance assessment
- Manual of Quality Improvement
- Manual of Clinical Procedures
Your dream to start a hospice agency requires hard work and may seem like an impossible uphill climb. We at 21st Century Health Care Consultants will walk with you every step of the way to offer a hand up when needed.
We have the experience, knowledge, and dedication to help make your dream come true!