By: Minerva Panigrahi  Mar. 26, 2020
Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) poses a major public health concern, worldwide. Medicare Claims data collected by Dexur indicated that from Oct 2016 to Sep 2019, hospices in the United States registered a count of 60,254 users owing to Renal Failure. For someone with kidney failure, managing comorbidities can be challenging. Therefore, early and timely planning of the appropriate palliative and hospice care program is essential to manage the complex needs of the patient. Dexur’s definitive report listed the most experienced hospices in New Mexico, handling patients diagnosed with end-stage Renal Failure. This information will be helpful for patients suffering from chronic kidney disease, to discuss end-of-life options, and prepare for palliative care.
At the top of the concise list, Ambercare Hospice, Albuquerque, emerged as the most experienced hospice in dealing with renal failure cases, during the three years mentioned above. From Oct 2016 to Sep 2019, the state-wide renal failure case volume totaled to 312, of which Ambercare Hospice recorded 41 users. The Presbyterian Hospice Inpatient Unit ranked at No.2, registering a tad lower case volume count of 37, while the Mesilla Valley Hospice came a close third, with 33 users.
Not many patients and family caregivers are aware that hospice and palliative care can and should be offered to all people living with serious illnesses, including kidney disease, from the time of diagnosis and regardless of age or stage of disease progression. Ambercare Hospice, Inc., is a Medicare-certified hospice care center located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Their hospice program provides physical, emotional, and spiritual support to terminally ill patients and their families. The multidisciplinary hospice care team helps patients maintain their dignity, comfort, and quality of life in the face of terminal illness. Services provided at Ambercare Hospice, Inc., mainly include home health aides, counseling, medical social services, medical supply services, nursing services, occupational therapy, other physician services, physical therapy, short term inpatient care, speech pathology services. The hospice also provides support to the patient’s family caregiver.
Quarterly figures of Ambercare Hospice vis-a-vis renal failure case volume, from Q4 2016 to Q3 2019, including quality metrics like: