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How Does NWA Fare In Hospice Care?

Huffington Post investigation said 18 percent of hospice programs haven't been inspected in more than six years. But one Northwest Arkansas hospice says that's not an issue here.
FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- Hospice Care is a growing field across the nation. But it sees fewer inspections than most healthcare programs. A lack of medicare dollars is playing a factor.

"3 percent for this important time of life where, you know, where people are really in need?" said Dr. Stanley Bradley of Washington Regional Hospice

A Huffington Post investigation showed nearly 20 percent of hospice programs have not been inspected in six years. Washington Regional administrators say their facility is checked every three years by the Joint Commission for the Accreditation of Hospitals and every five years by the state.

"They come and look at our records. They see how we're caring for patients. They actually go with our nurses and make a home visit," said Bradley.

Larger hospice programs across the country are not being checked as often, meaning patient care programs. Administrators at Washington Regional say big business is to blame.

"They have seen these large national conglomerates get involved in hospice and how they, they have changed the...the environment in their, in their service area," said Bradley.

We were able to talk to all but two hospice care facilities in NWA and all are up to code. Bradley says Arkansans will not accept anything less.

"You're not going to rip them off. You're just not going to do that. You're going to treat them fair and square and get them the best care you can," said Bradley.

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