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Hospice News for the Week of 9-10-2019

ALTERNATIVE PAYMENT MODELS AND THE SERIOUSLY ILL; RESEARCH AND TRAINING PREPARE PHYSICIANS TO GIVE CULTURALLY TARGETED CARE

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APPOINTMENT FOR DISPOSITION OF REMAINS

APPOINTMENT FOR DISPOSITION OF REMAINS FORM

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Authorization to Disclose Protected Health Information

Texas Attorney General:  Authorization to Disclose Protected Health Information    

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Weekly Hospice News 9-3-19

ARTICLE ADDRESSES CALIFORNIA HOSPICE CONCERNS AND INVESTIGATIONS   On 8/28, the Sacramento Bee published “California hospices face lax oversight and few rules. The sick and dying pay the price.” The story begins by sharing the experience of one hospice patient as seen through the eyes of her daughter, Tracy Sellers. Within a day of her […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 8-29-19

Texas Register Highlights TITLE 22. EXAMINING BOARDS PART 11. TEXAS BOARD OF NURSING CHAPTER 222. ADVANCED PRACTICE REGISTERED NURSES WITH PRESCRIPTIVE AUTHORITY 22 TAC §222.5–The Texas Board of Nursing (Board) proposes amendments to §222.5, concerning Prescriptive Authority Agreement. The amendments are proposed under the authority of the Texas Occupations Code §157.0512(e) and (f) and House […]

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SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS AND MORE EDUCATION NEEDED TO BEST SUPPORT LGBTQ PATIENTS AT END OF LIFE   Though an LGBTQ individual has more or less the same needs as a heterosexual or cisgender person at the end of their lives, they often receive subpar care. This can be true across all settings: a hospital, a nursing […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 8-21-19

Texas Register Highlights   You may be interested in this if you do business with an assisted living.  You are part of the communication and coordination pieces.   TITLE 26. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES  PART 1. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION CHAPTER 553. LICENSING STANDARDS FOR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES SUBCHAPTER C. STANDARDS FOR LICENSURE 26 TAC §553.44–The […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 8-20-19

NEW RECOMMENDATIONS FOR HOW POLICY LEADERS CAN IMPROVE PALLIATIVE CARE IN THEIR STATES

 

Though palliative care treatment effectively improves both quality of life and quality of care for patients, and at a lower cost than traditional care, the numbers for patients receiving palliative care is still low. In fact, according to an article in Health Affairs, “Fewer than 5 percent of individuals who could benefit from palliative care receive it.” “States, which spend more than 50 percent of their Medicaid budgets on 5 percent of beneficiaries with complex conditions, are increasingly interested in palliative care and the value it brings to systems that support individuals with serious illnesses.”

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Hospice News for the Week of 8-13-19

MANY FACTORS CAN COMPLICATE A PATIENT’S DECISION TO PURSUE LATE-STAGE CANCER INTERVENTIONS
EXPERTS SHARE POINTS OF “NETIQUETTE” FOR FACING DEATH AND GRIEVING ONLINE
Two new hospice training videos are available on the CMS website. The courses, which are designed to be taken at any participant’s pace, offer detailed training on the Hospice Quality Reporting System (HQRP).

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 8-7-19

FY 2020 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements.

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