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Resolving the Problem of Limited Skilled Visits in Hospice Care

Updated: Sep 15



The mission of a hospice is to provide compassionate, quality care that enhances the lives of people with life-limiting illnesses. Care must be administered with careful intention and coordinated with an entire team of professionals to achieve high quality care. However, according to a report by news magazine Newsweek in 2019, “…eighty for profits failed to send registered nurses, nurse practitioners or physicians to visit discharged patients even once in the last 72 hours of their life.” This is still an unfortunate truth for many organizations, but the Muse HC tool looks to transform these numbers on its head.

The problem

In a recent study made by the Journal of the American Medical Association, “12.3% of patients on routine hospice care in the home received no skilled visits in the last two days of life.” These studies prove that many patients are unable to receive medical, social, or spiritual visits in the last days of life. The well documented end-of-life care gap in care is evident within the industry, but the limited solutions provided to patients and families are inadequate.

Vice President of Business Development at Homecare Homebase, Jon Higginbotham, RN., BSN has direct experience with patients and feels that planned care is imperative in the last days of life. “It is important for families and patients to have the hospice team available in the home in the most critical stages (last 7 days) of their end of life experience. Partnering with Muse allows us to empower exceptional care from hospice agencies and bridge potential gaps in end of life care.” To provide wholistic care to patients on the verge of transition, care teams need a tool that services both them and their residents.

The solution

The Muse HC tool was designed to identify specific hospice patients that are most likely to transition and give providers the insights necessary to ensure patients and families receive regular visits and exceptional care in their final days. The Muse HC predictive model uses a deep learning neural network to analyze over 900 data points from each clinical visit. The technology accurately identifies which hospice patients are likely to transition within 7-12 days. This allows patients to receive the care they desperately need, and it also signals care teams to notify families of the patients’ transition.

When hospice providers accurately predict when their patients will transition, they can ensure their patients and their patients’ families receive the critical care they need from a complete, wholistic perspective. Contact us to learn more on how your organization will benefit from the Muse HC predictive tool.

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