You may ask---what’s that? Well, with all the data collected by CMS and other industry sources, there is still a gap in information that is useful for benchmarking your staffing, budgets, and supporting your strategic goals. The NDS serves as a central collection point for some of this key data and brings together provider experience from across the industry.
By participating, you have access to this industry wide data so that you can benchmark yourself against other providers of similar sizes and geography. This can be a gold-mine to many providers to help set and confirm staffing levels, budgets, influence delivery of care changes, and shape the goals of your Hospice and its services. For NHPCO, we use this information to help us derive insights coupled with other data to influence lawmakers and policy that positively impacts our industry so it’s a win: win scenario.
Don’t just take our word for it:
Leanne Burrack, vice president from UnityPoint Hospice, says that her organization often depends on the NDS to benchmark operations. They have used NDS related data and insights to help create staffing guidelines, inform budget projections, and influence on-going hiring and growth expectations across all disciplines.Examples like these highlights how useful it is to have industry data to help us all work smarter, not just harder. We need your help, please visit our NDS website to learn more about the specific questions, raffled prizes for participation, and/or to access the survey’s link.
Jennifer Kennedy, NHPCO’s senior director, regulatory and quality, uses the NDS results coupled with other data sources and her vast experience to create tools for providers such as NHPCO’s Staffing Guidelines which is designed to help providers develop staffing levels for quality patient/family care delivery.
By Don Sievert
NHPCO Senior Director, Decision Support