April 20, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 2:02 pm

CT House passes compromise hospice bill

The Connecticut House of Representatives has passed a compromise bill that would allow more hospice organizations to offer inpatient services, The Associated Press reports.

The bill was approved unanimously Thursday, with some vocal critics of the original legislation voting yes. It now moves to the Senate for further action.

As the legislative process continues, the Department of Public Health is still reviewing updated draft regulations for hospice facilities. First proposed two years ago, the changes have pitted the 52-bed Connecticut Hospice in Branford, a nationally recognized hospital for the terminally ill, against dozens of hospice providers across the state who say more facilities are needed.

Advocates for Connecticut Hospice said they now feel the quality of care concerns raised by the Branford facility will be taken into account as the new regulations are finalized.


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