The nation’s hospice community is changing at an unprecedented rate. Last year the field faced its biggest challenge—COVID-19. This combined with patient access and staffing shortages are forcing provider organizations to redefine themselves. To do this, national-level research is needed that will guide programmatic efforts and help define what it means to provide health care in the home.
For this reason, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is proud to be co-sponsoring a national study designed to help the hospice community both manage and provide quality outcome-driven care in the new reform environment. Known as the 2021 National Healthcare at Home Best Practices and Future Insights Study, the research project will help identify best practices that agencies can implement to position themselves for future success. The results promise to be the largest and most comprehensive ever released on the delivery of home health and hospice in the United States.
Methodology for the study will include three phases. Phase I, which is now open, includes a web-based input survey allowing anyone in the field to suggest issues and questions they would like to see addressed in the study.
NHPCO encourages all agencies to complete the
online input survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BDstudy
Deadline to complete the input survey is Friday, March 12, 2021.
Phase II will involve an in-depth online survey with input from nearly 1,000 agency leaders. The final phase will include distribution of free national data and reports as well as presentations at national and state conferences.
“This survey will provide national-level information to help researchers identify important issues and better understand what it means to provide quality care in the home setting,” said NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach.
A unique feature of the study is the collaboration between national associations. Co-sponsors joining NHPCO include National Association of Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), NAHC Forum of State Associations, LeadingAge, Home Care Association of America (HCAOA), and Council of State Home Care and Hospice Associations. National best-practice research firm BerryDunn will design and facilitate the national effort with the assistance of Delta Health Technologies and HealthPivots as technology and data sponsors.
Provider organizations interested in participating in the national survey can provide their contact details as part of the input survey or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the survey can also be found on the BerryDunn study website.