Most hospices fare well in first public release of Medicare quality scores

Quality scores for the vast majority of hospices were near the top — so good that some questioned whether consumers will find the data useful.

For the first time, Medicare officials Wednesday posted quality scores for some 3,800 hospice providers on its new website, Hospice Compare, aimed at helping people select hospice facilities for themselves or others.

In a press briefing Wednesday, Kate Goodrich of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said the effort will provide a “snapshot on the quality of care delivered by each provider” that will “help consumers make informed decisions.”

Scores for the vast majority of hospices were near the top end of the quality range — so good, in fact, that some observers questioned whether consumers will find the data useful for comparison shopping.

The Hospice Compare website allows individuals to compare up to three hospice facilities at a time along with national averages for each of the seven measures. They also can see the data in table

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