Why Horizon is not a non-profit?
Why Is Horizon Hospice Not a Non-Profit?
The short answer is this: we can do more with less. Horizon receives less net funding yet delivers significantly more care than other hospices- including non-profits. According to the Medicare Cost Report, Horizon provides 35% more care than other hospices (including Non-Profits). At the same time, we pay taxes on all revenue and do not receive donations to assist in operations. Despite lower income we deliver a higher level of care.
This rare combination means we have transcended the traditional For-Profit or Non-Profit discussion- Horizon is a For-Patient Hospice.
Unfortunately, over the past several years, changing hospice reimbursement has caused other Hospice programs, both Non-Profit and For-Profit, to drift away from quality care as their top priority. We hear of patients waiting several days for their first visit because the Hospice Admission Team is too busy to see them right away. We hear of visits by care staff becoming less frequent in order to meet financial goals set forth by management.
Horizon Hospice was built on the foundation that we will always provide the quality of care you would want for your parents or grandparents. While many Non-Profit Hospices are compassionate to their core, it remains true that any organization can become more about process and efficiency than about patient care. Sometimes this happens when Board Members exert influence which focuses on financial goals at the expense of quality care.
For this reason, Horizon Hospice was not set up as a Non-Profit. The very real possibility that future Board Members could deviate from quality patient care as the guiding principle would have defeated the purpose of founding our organization. Our Family Satisfaction scores indicate that we are succeeding in our quest for top quality care.
Horizon is a For-Patient Hospice. We receive less revenue and provide more care.