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Hospice News for the Week of 4/7/2020

MEDICAL ETHICIST EXPLAINS CONSIDERATIONS FOR DIFFICULT COVID-19 CARE DECISIONS   As the novel coronavirus spreads and begins to overwhelm American hospitals, life-saving care will become a scarce resource. In preparation for the rapid growth of COVID-19 and the shortages of resources, ethicists are drawing up guidelines and decision trees for making sure care is applied […]

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Regulatory Update for the Week of 04/02/2020

TNMHO has posted corona virus information  on our public domain.  We are working to keep this information as up to date as possible.  Go to:  https://www.txnmhospice.org/coronavirus .

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COVID-19 Emergency Declaration 1135 Blanket Waivers for Health Care Providers

CMS issued a set of blanket 1135 waivers that apply to various Medicare provider types, including hospice. Long requested by NHPCO, state hospice and palliative care organizations and providers, these temporary regulatory waivers and new rules will provide some relief and maximum flexibility to respond to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Hospice-specific waivers include:

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Hospice News for the Week of 3/31/2020

“CARES ACT” AND NHPCO/NAHC SUPPORT HOSPICE PROVIDERS DURING COVID-19   The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES), H.R. 748, offers support to hospice providers during the COVID-19 crisis. NHPCO issued a press release praising “Congress and the Administration,” pledging continued efforts to collaborate with them, and summarizing key provisions of the bill. The […]

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New COVID-19 Stimulus Package Signed into Law:  Important Provisions for Hospice including Telehealth for Face-to-Face Recertifications

President Trump has signed new legislation designed to address the needs of Americans during the spread of COVID-19. The bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act contains several provisions important for hospice patients and providers: Key provisions include: New flexibilities for Hospice Recertification: While current rules require a face-to-face interaction between a patient and […]

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Regulatory Update 2 for the Week of 3/27/2020

Texas New Mexico Hospice Organization Coronavirus Information TNMHO has posted corona virus information  on our public domain.  We are working to keep this information as up to date as possible.  Go to:  https://www.txnmhospice.org/ .    New Mexico Register The following rule was adopted: 16.10.14.13 REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSEES OF THE NEW MEXICO MEDICAL BOARD WHO PRESCRIBE, […]

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Recorded On-line Meeting – HHSC Guidance to Hospice Providers during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Topic: Regulatory Support from HHSC during the COVID-19 Pandemic Date/Time of this recording: Mar 26, 2020 09:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada) Description: This webinar with HHSC regulators will have a Q&A component to it and discuss regulatory changes and guidance during the COVID-19 Pandemic. HHSC Speakers: Jennifer Morrison, Manager of Long Term Care-Regulatory, […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 3/24/2020

NATIONAL HOSPICE STAKEHOLDERS WRITE JOINT LETTER ASKING CONGRESS FOR SUPPORT IN COVID-19 CRISIS   Multiple hospice stakeholders came together to urge Congress to pass support for COVID-19 relief. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the National Association for Home Care and Hospice, the National Partnership for Hospice Innovation, and LeadingAge/Visiting Nurse Associations of America/ElevatingHOME […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 3/23/2020

Texas New Mexico Hospice Organization Coronavirus Information TNMHO has posted corona virus information for our members under our Member Only section.  We are working to keep this information as up to date as possible.  Go to: https://www.txnmhospice.org/2020/03/13/coronavirus-information-for-hospice-providers/  and sign in.    Federal Legislation  HR 6201 Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed by President Trump […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 3/17/2020

“END OF LIFE MATTERS” EXPLORES VARIETY OF ISSUES IN END-OF-LIFE CARE   Santa Barbara Independent focused their entire March 11 issue on end-of-life topics. The “End of Life Matters” issue looks at the culture of dying in Santa Barbara. “The baby boomers are once again trying to redefine how we approach the profound moments of […]

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