Recent sensationalist articles appearing in the Washington Post and online in the Huffington Post told the anecdotes of a few individuals' negative experiences with two or three hospices. These attempts to smear an entire category of caregivers with a couple of anecdotes grabbed the attention of every hospice provider, as well as of one Barbara Rosenblum, Founder and CEO of Strategic Healthcare Programs. As the owner of a massive database of organized home care and hospice data, she is uniquely qualified to answer anecdotes with statistics.
And answer she did this week in her personal blog: e.g. "SHP's data and other studies show that hospice care reduces costs and, as evaluated by consumers, consistently provides high quality care." Grateful for her permission, we reprint Barbara's entire response here. If there is a chance that anyone will ever quote the two Posts' "exposés" to you, you need to be able to quote back this eloquent dissertation on the facts.