Improving Access to Care: Using Data to Understand the Relationships Between Hospitals and Hospices

All data used in this article was extracted from HealthPivots DataLab and is based on Medicare Fee-for-Service Claims released annually by CMS. In compliance with a DUA on file with CMS, patient counts less than 11 are not reported. There is wide variability in timely access to hospice care after a hospitalization. Nationally in 2016, 17% of Medicare enrollees who … Continue reading

Medicare Advantage and Hospice

The State Hospice Profile™, available from NHPCO, summarizes the use of hospice services by Medicare beneficiaries since 2000.  This chart of the Hospice Penetration Rate, from the National Profile page, shows that enrollees in Medicare HMO plans use hospice at a much higher rate than average. In 2015, the Penetration Rate for Medicare HMO enrollees was 82% compared to 68% … Continue reading

Spring 2016 Toolkit News

  In response to Toolkit client requests, we created a Ranking worksheet for multiple tools, including provider profiles and county profiles. These tools are available for Hospice, Home Care, Skilled Nursing and Hospitals. Now organizations or geographic areas can be ranked on user selected measures of interest. Through highlighting, an immediate visual rendering displays clear relationships between the organizations or … Continue reading

Introducing HealthPivots

Health Planning & Development, LLC, originally founded in 1985, will now be known as HealthPivots. This name represents what we do best — focus on key pivot points in health and organizational trajectories. Over the last two years, our staff has expanded and our team now includes full time technological expertise in addition to maintaining our talent in the data … Continue reading