The answer to the question from Friday’s Washington Post headline—“Is that hospice safe?”—is “yes” for many hospices. Montgomery Hospice voluntarily participates in the rigorous Joint Commission accreditation program. The Joint Commission inspects Montgomery Hospice for compliance with Medicare regulations, as well as their own rigorous standards, at least every three years. Asking about a hospice’s participation in an accreditation program is one of the ways families can determine the quality of a hospice provider. Instead of providing education, The Post chose to tell individual horror stories that will frighten vulnerable people into not taking advantage of the benefits of hospice care. 

Ann Mitchell MPH 
President & CEO 
Montgomery Hospice