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Rep. Esty Praises Danbury's Regional Hospice And Home Care

Regional Hospice’s Center for Comfort Care and Healing is the only Connecticut hospice chosen to participate in the Medicare Care Choices program starting in 2016.
Regional Hospice’s Center for Comfort Care and Healing is the only Connecticut hospice chosen to participate in the Medicare Care Choices program starting in 2016. Photo Credit: Contributed

DANBURY, Conn. — U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty recently lauded Regional Hospice’s Center for Comfort Care and Healing’s selection as the only Connecticut hospice chosen to participate in the Medicare Care Choices model beginning Jan. 1.

“I applaud Regional Hospice on its selection as the only hospice in Connecticut to participate in this critical hospice expansion program,” said Esty in a press release. “This initiative is a recognition and acceptance that it is psychologically very important for some families to continue to pursue treatment even in the face of extremely unlikely odds. This is also an opportunity for us to gain more information to make wise decisions with taxpayer dollars to help Americans live long, healthy, respectful lives.”

Regional Hospice and Home Care is one of only 140 hospices selected nationwide to participate in the program, which aims to increase choice and quality by enabling individuals to receive curative care and hospice care concurrently, according to a press release. All 5,000 eligible hospices across the country were invited to apply to participate in the model.

As the only hospice chosen to participate in the state, Regional Hospice is also one of only 70 nationally that has been invited to participate for the full five years of the study, according to a press release.

The program will enable as many as 150,000 eligible Medicare beneficiaries nationally with advanced cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome who receive services from participating hospices to experience this new option and flexibility, according to a press release.

“Choosing to end treatment is often a painful choice for patients and families,” said Regional Hospice’s Medical Director Robert Kloss in a press release.

Regional Hospice and Home Care’s team of experienced clinicians have been providing physical, emotional, spiritual and bereavement support to children, adults and their families through our palliative and hospice care program for the past 30 years. It is a nonprofit, state-licensed and Medicare-certified home health care and hospice agency. For more information, visit www.RegionalHospiceCT.org .

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