Southeast Hospice Earns National Honor

May 11, 2020
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SoutheastHEALTH’s Hospice service has been named a 2020 Hospice Honors Elite recipient by Deyta Analytics, a division of HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of Web-based home health and hospice software, outsourced billing and coding servings and advanced analytics.

Hospice Honors is a highly regarded program that recognizes hospices providing the highest level quality care as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. Southeast Hospice, established in 1986 as the region’s first hospital-based hospice, has offered quality, compassionate care to thousands of families.

There are more than 5,300 hospices that participate in the Medicare program in the U.S. Of those, 350 U.S. hospices earned Honors status, and only 79 received Elite status. Award recipients were identified by evaluating hospices’ performance on a set of 24 quality indicator measures. In order to receive Elite status, a hospice must outscore the national benchmark of all 24 questions asked on the satisfaction survey.

SoutheastHEALTH Home Care Services Administrator Vickie Schnurbusch, MSN, RN, CHPN, said Southeast Hospice defines its mission with “an unwavering commitment to providing the highest quality of care, delivered with expertise and compassion, for both patients and their caregivers. We are honored to be a part of their lives during this difficult time.”

She noted that Southeast Hospice averages 621 visits a month and recorded 7,448 visits in 2019. Southeast Hospice served 599 patients and admitted 202 patients last year.

Southeast Hospice serves patients in the home setting as well as in skilled nursing homes in Cape, Bollinger, Scott, Perry and Stoddard counties and portions of New Madrid and Mississippi counties. The service also has a partnership with Perry County Memorial Hospital.