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Advance Directives in Home Health and Hospice Agencies: United States, 2007

by Published On: Mar 21, 2011Updated On: Sep 16, 2011

Advance Directives in Home Health and Hospice Agencies: United States, 2007 is a report that provides nationally representative data on policies, storage, and implementation of advance directives (AD) in home health and hospice agencies in the United States using the National Home and Hospice Care Survey. 

Key Findings

  • Federally mandated ADs policies were followed in >93% of all agencies.
  • Nearly all agencies stored ADs in a file at the agency, but only half stored them at the patient's residence.
  • Nearly all agencies informed staff about the AD, but only 77% and 72% of home health agencies informed the attending physician and next-of-kin, respectively.
  • Home health and hospice agencies are nearly universally compliant with ADs policies that are required in order to receive Medicare and Medicaid payments, but have much lower rates of adoption of ADs policies beyond federally mandated minimums.
 



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