AUBURN, Ala. – Phoebe Smith, hospice care consultant for the Compassus program serving Auburn, has been recognized for her outstanding performance and inducted into the 2019 Compassus Presidents’ Circle. Smith was honored at the 2019 Compassus National Medical Directors, Leadership and Presidents’ Circle Meeting in April.
The Compassus Presidents’ Circle is reserved for hospice and home health care consultants who consistently expand access to home health, palliative and hospice care in their communities. Smith is one of 67 inductees in this year’s Presidents’ Circle.
According to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s March 2016 Report to Congress: Medicare Payment Policy, less than half of Medicare beneficiary decedents enrolled in hospice care, and the median length of stay in hospice was only 17 days.
One of the main factors in hospice underutilization is lack of knowledge. The role of the Compassus hospice care consultant is to educate patients and families in their communities about the hospice benefit, which has been shown to improve quality of life, reduce symptom stress, and minimize hospitalizations.
“Phoebe faithfully demonstrates her dedication to helping patients gain access to the care they need, improving quality of life at a very vulnerable time for both patients and their loved ones,” said Patty Baggett, executive director of the Compassus – Auburn program. “Her commitment is truly impactful, allowing us to demonstrate quality care in its best form, and an inspiration to her colleagues.”
“Working in hospice is incredibly meaningful and rewarding. I’m thankful to be able to help patients and families gain access to the appropriate care at the appropriate time to improve their end-of-life journeys,” said Smith. “I look forward to continuing to serve the Auburn community, providing education about the benefits of hospice and access to quality end-of-life care.”
For more information about Compassus – Auburn, please visit the Auburn location page or call (334) 826-1899.