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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 11-7-19

On October 28th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA). 

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Hospice News for the Week of 11-1-2019

SPECIAL NEWS OF NOTE   The US House passed the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA), HR 647. PCHETA now advances to the Senate and advocates are hopeful for swift advancement. (C-TAC, 10/28, https://www.thectac.org/2019/10/palliative-care-and-hospice-education-and-training-act-passed-by-u-s-house/)   OREGON POLST AIRS ISSUES OF CONCERN   Oregon POLST shares program news that addresses numerous updates from […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 10-24-2019

Texas Register   TITLE 22. EXAMINING BOARDS PART 11. TEXAS BOARD OF NURSING CHAPTER 217. LICENSURE, PEER ASSISTANCE AND PRACTICE 22 TAC §217.20—The Texas Board of Nursing (Board) adopts amendments to §217.20, concerning Safe Harbor Nursing Peer Review and Whistleblower Protections. The amendments are adopted under the authority of the Texas Occupations Code §303.005 and House Bill […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 10-22-19

STUDY REVEALS THAT “FIGHTING A BATTLE” WITH SERIOUS ILLNESS MAY CREATE MORE HARM THAN GOOD “When it comes to cancer and other serious diseases, we often rely on words of aggression and tenacity,” says an article in USC News. “Patients are ‘fighters,’ and those who experience remission or return to good health are ‘survivors.’ Obituaries […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 10-15-19

MEDPAC DISCUSSES REDUCTION TO HOSPICE AGGREGATE CAP

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 10-10-19

Revisions to Requirements for Discharge Planning for Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Home Health Agencies, and Hospital and Critical Access Hospital Changes to Promote Innovation, Flexibility, and Improvement in Patient Care–This final rule empowers patients to be active participants in the discharge planning process and complements efforts around interoperability that focus on the seamless exchange of patient information between health care settings by revising the discharge planning requirements that Hospitals and Home Health Agencies (HHAs) must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

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Hospice News for the Week of 10-08-19

INCLUSIVE HOSPICE CARE FOR PATIENTS WITH OBESITY   More patients with obesity are enrolling in hospice care though hospice providers are not always well-equipped to provide targeted care to this group. “Hospice often cares for patients who are underweight or emaciated due to advanced disease or chronic illness, which can contribute to the lack of […]

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Regulatory Update for the week of 10-3-19

This final rule reforms Medicare regulations that are identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome on health care providers and suppliers, increases the ability of health care professionals to devote resources to improving patient care by eliminating or reducing requirements that impede quality patient care or that divert resources away from furnishing high quality patient care, updates fire safety standards for Medicare and Medicaid participating End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) facilities by adopting the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code and the 2012 edition of the Health Care Facilities Code and updates the requirements that hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This rule is effective November 29, 2019.

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Hospice News for the Week of 10-01-19

Welcome to these new hospice provider members: A Healing Touch Hospice – Weslaco
At Home Health Care Hospice – Houston

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 9-25-19

Long Term Care Regulatory Regions are Changing on November 1, 2019! Program Integrity Enhancements to the Provider Enrollment Process (CMS-6058-P)

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