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Hospice News – 1-15-2019

Recent News on End-of-Life Care

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Regulatory Update 1/11/2019

Government Shutdown Update The Texas and New Mexico Hospice Organization has received calls regarding the effect of the federal government shutdown on hospice providers.  Please be aware that fiscal intermediary billing and payment, state survey and certification programs will continue.   Federal Register During the funding lapse, Federalregister.gov is not being supported. If data feeds […]

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Hospice News 1/8/2019

WHY DID MINNESOTA’S HOSPICE USAGE TRIPLE?

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Legislative Updates – 1-3-19

New Mexico 54th Legislative Session The New Mexican Legislative Session begins January 15 and ends March 16, 2019.  Legislation may be pre-filed from December 17, 2018 to January 11, 2019.    Texas 86th Legislative Session   The Texas Legislative Session (86th) begins January 8, 2019 and ends May 27, 2018.  Pre-filing has begun.   Senate […]

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Regulatory Updates 1/3/2019

 Government Shutdown Update The Texas and New Mexico Hospice Organization has received calls regarding the effect of the federal government shutdown on hospice providers.  Please be aware that fiscal intermediary billing and payment, state survey and certification programs will continue.   Federal Register During the funding lapse, Federalregister.gov is not being supported. If data feeds […]

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CAHPS News

CY 2018 Participation Exemption for Size Form Now Available
Provider Preview for CAHPS Hospice Survey Public Reporting began December 10

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Nurse Aides, Medication Aides and Denial or Refusal of License Rules Move!

Health and Human Services As part of the transformation of the HHS system, administrative rules for Chapter 94 Nurse Aides, Chapter 95 Medication Aides – Program Requirements, and Chapter 99 Denial or Refusal of License (long-term care providers) have been moved from Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 40, Part 1, Department of Aging and Disability […]

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Legislative Update 12/20/2018

New Mexico 54th Legislative Session The New Mexican Legislative Session begins January 15 and ends March 16, 2019. Legislation may be pre-filed from December 17, 2018 to January 11, 2019. Texas 86th Legislative Session The Texas Legislative Session (86th) begins January 8, 2019 and ends May 27, 2018. Pre-filing has begun. Senate Bills November 12, […]

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MedPAC considers a draft recommendation that would reduce the fiscal year 2020 Medicare Payment Rate

In the December meeting of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the MedPAC commissioners considered a draft recommendation that would reduce the fiscal year 2020 Medicare payment rate for hospice by two percent. In a press release, NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach responds to the departure from recent years of MedPAC recommending a 0% […]

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A WRAL Spotlight article addresses the importance of spiritual support during hospice care.

A WRAL Spotlight article addresses the importance of spiritual support during hospice care. The article notes that this support is important in: 1) Affirming that the individual’s life has had meaning and value. 2) Focusing on the importance of ensuring the patient dies an appropriate death. 3) Finding hope beyond the grave, such as finding […]

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Forbes published “How to Choose Hospice Care” from Next Avenue contributor Liz Seegert.

Forbes published “How to Choose Hospice Care” from Next Avenue contributor Liz Seegert. The story is part of a special report from The John A. Hartford Foundation. Seegert describes the roles of home hospice, hospital-based care, and stand-alone facilities. It also provides patients and families questions to consider including: Is the hospice Medicare certified? Is […]

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OPRAH WINFREY REFLECTS ON HER MOTHER’S DEATH

“This is the beauty of my life,” Oprah Winfrey says, reflecting on her mother’s death. “There’s not a thing that happens to me, that I don’t look at it as a teaching, learning, experience.” She’d gotten a call from her sister Patricia, who thought her mother, Vernita Lee, was near the end of her life. […]

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EXPERIENCES VARY WITHIN “DEATH WITH DIGNITY”

Death with dignity has wide public support, according to a Gallup poll, which found that 73% of Americans supported medical aid, as long as it is painless. Today, six states allow the practice under different names, but Next Avenue reports that patient experiences “run the gamut.” Dr. Jamie Wells, a medical ethicist and a director […]

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EXEZIEL EMANUAL FOCUSES ON VALUING QUALITY, NOT QUANTITY, OF LIFE

In his career, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel has spearheaded the Affordable Care Act and the opposition to the legalization of euthanasia. In an interview with the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging published with Next Avenue, Dr. Emanuel lays out an urgent need to improve quality of life, and explains why he thinks we’re […]

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Legislative Updates 12/14/2018

New Mexico 54th Legislative Session The New Mexican Legislative Session begins January 15 and ends March 16, 2019.  Legislation may be pre-filed from December 17, 2018 to January 11, 2019.     Texas 86th Legislative Session   The Texas Legislative Session (86th) begins January 8, 2019 and ends May 27, 2018.  Pre-filing has begun.   […]

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Morphine Dose Limitations for Traditional Medicaid to Decrease in January, Provider Letter- Providing Access to Electronic Health Records, Advanced Certified Nurse Aide Academy, Coming Soon – PASRR in the Nursing Facility

Morphine Dose Limitations for Traditional Medicaid to Decrease in January, Provider Letter- Providing Access to Electronic Health Records, Advanced Certified Nurse Aide Academy, Coming Soon – PASRR in the Nursing Facility

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Target Probe and Educate (TPE)

Palmetto had scheduled a series of Medical Review Hot Topic Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) Teleconferences in 2019. These calls are open to all providers.  Subject Matter Experts will discuss and answer your questions concerning current TPE process.

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What if psychedelics could revolutionize the way you die?

What if psychedelics could revolutionize the way you die?

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Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is in the unique position to support increased education for hospice and palliative caregivers throughout Washington

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is in the unique position to support increased education for hospice and palliative caregivers throughout Washington, by moving the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA) forward in the Senate

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Hospice Underutilization in the U.S.: The Misalignment of Regulatory Policy and Clinical Reality

The Journal of Pain and Symptom Management published “Hospice Underutilization in the U.S.: The Misalignment of Regulatory Policy and Clinical Reality.”

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