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Weekly Hospice News for TNMHO Members

NATIONAL GRIEF STRATEGY SEEKS PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS   NHPCO and the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (SWHPN) issued a joint press release addressing the need to “retool” U.S. grief and bereavement care. The release noted the importance of the recent memorial that was held at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool for all who have […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 1/21/2021

Federal Register  Office for Civil Rights, Office of the Secretary, HHS. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164 Proposed Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy Rule To Support, and Remove Barriers to, Coordinated Care and Individual Engagement–The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS or “the Department”) is issuing […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 1/19/2021

MEDPAC RECOMMENDS CUTS TO HOSPICE AGGREGATE CAP   The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) met on January 14 to finalize its annual recommendations to Congress The recommendations from MedPAC are that Medicare make no increase in payment for hospices for Fiscal Year 2021, and that a 20% reduction be applied to the aggregate hospice payment […]

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 1/13/2021

Texas Register   TITLE 22. EXAMINING BOARDS PART 9. TEXAS MEDICAL BOARD CHAPTER 174. TELEMEDICINE SUBCHAPTER A. TELEMEDICINE 22 TAC §174.5—The Texas Medical Board (Board) adopts, on an emergency basis, amendments to 22 TAC §174.5, effective January 2, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. The emergency amendment allows physicians to utilize telemedicine to issue refill prescriptions for scheduled medications […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 1/12/2021

HOME FUNERAL MOVEMENT BRINGING RESOURCES TO DEAL WITH DEATH IN FAMILY-CENTERED WAYS   An article in New York Times magazine explores “The Movement to Bring Death Closer.” The practice of home funerals allows families and loved ones to spend more time with the bodies of the deceased and share rituals that, for some, are empowering […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 1/6/2021

Texas Register   ATTORNEY GENERAL Requests for Opinions Re: Public access to the Texas Capitol and whether members of the Legislature may vote on legislation from a location other than their respective chambers. Requestor: The Honorable Briscoe Cain Chair, House Select Committee on Driver’s License Issuance & Renewal Texas House of Representatives Post Office Box […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 1/4/2021

ARTICLE EXPLORES WHY TOO FEW KIDNEY PATIENTS CHOOSE HOSPICE   Undark features a story that explores why “Few Kidney Patients Can Access Palliative Care or Hospice.” Part of a series of articles supported in part by the National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation, the article take a deep look at the needs of kidney […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 12/9/2020

Texas Register The following amendments were proposed by the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council CHAPTER 781. SOCIAL WORKER LICENSURE SUBCHAPTER B. RULES OF PRACTICE 781.302 relating to definitions. SUBCHAPTER C. APPLICATION AND LICENSING 781.401 relating to qualifications for licensure. 781.402 relating to clinical supervision for LCSW and non-clinical supervision for independent 781.403 relating to independent practice […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 12/8/2020

COMPASSIONATE CARE ACT WELCOMED BY END-OF-LIFE SERVICE PROVIDERS AND ADVOCATES The Compassionate Care Act, sponsored by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) was introduced on December 2. The act, says a statement posted on Senator Blumenthal’s site, would “promote advance care planning and end-of-life care to ensure that patients get the care they want and that is […]

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