Upland Hills Health Hospice Achieves 5-Star Designation
During November the home care and hospice community honors the millions of nurses, home care aides, therapists, and social workers who make a remarkable difference for the patients and families they serve. These heroic caregivers play a significant role in our health care system and in homes across the nation. To recognize their efforts, we call upon all Americans to commemorate the power of caring, both at the home and in their local communities and join with Upland Hills Health and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) by celebrating November as National Home Care & Hospice Month.
Celebrating Home Care & Hospice month is special this year. The dedicated staff at Upland Hills Health Hospice learned they received a 5-Star designation by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). UHH Home Care & Hospice is non-profit organization.
CMS is committed to helping patients, families and caregivers make informed decisions about end-of-life care. To do this CMS established the hospice care index or HCI measure as part of the hospice quality reporting program. HCI is a single comprehensive measure that reflects ten indicators of care delivered during a hospice day from admission to discharge. To learn more visit ‘care compare’ on the medicare.gov website to see the HCI score for Upland Hills Health Home Care and Hospice. www.medicare.gov/care-compare/
With ten thousand Americans turning 65 every day, the need for health care will continue to rise, and costs will continue to skyrocket. This is where home care and hospice come in. As the preferred choice for most patients, it also offers the greatest cost savings. For example, Medicare pays nearly $2,000 per day for a typical hospital stay and $450 per day for a typical nursing home stay. Meanwhile, home care costs less than $100 a day and helps many U.S. seniors remain independent at home, enrich their lives, and stay connected with those they love.
Members of the Upland Hills Health Home Care & Hospice Team pictured here (left to right): Shannon Radel, Pam Spurley, Michelle Esser, Leia Shemak, Ashley Tantillo, Dr. Jodi McGraw, Daneen Bernhardt, Rachel Dees.
Not pictured: Peggy Barton, Brittini Bush, Tiffany Calvert-Ludlum, Nicole Federman, Sara Graber, Felicia Gundlach, Ashleigh Hrubes, Julie Johnson Solberg, Barb Kolb, Katrina Lindahl, Amy Michek, Ashley Miess, Jennifer Mobley, Carrie Palskill, Mary Ramsden, Maureen Scallon, Jennifer Shaffer, Cheryl Spurley, Sue Ann Sullivan, Tim Tibbits, Kelly Uren, Nicole Vondra, Linda Miller, Chelsey Wallace-Bawden, Rosie Morrey, Pastor Jim Droste, Margie Barnes, Morgan Enright, Brett Knautz, Aaron Roelli, and Marsha Thompson.