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Physician Assistants in Hospice? Not In Texas until HHSC Amends Rule

Texas Hospice Providers please note that the allowance for a physician assistant to be the attending physician, effective January 2019 will NOT be allowed until Texas Health and Human Services amends their rules!  Until such time, the stronger rule applies. Physician Assistants in Hospice On January 1, 2019, Physician Assistants were added to the list […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 3-19-19

 MEDPAC RELEASES REPORT TO CONGRESS ON MEDICARE PAYMENT POLICY   The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has released the March 2019 Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy. The 531-page report covers a broad range of issues—from the context for Medicare payment policy to outpatient dialysis services and opioid alternatives in hospital settings. It provides […]

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Regulatory Updates 3/14/19

Federal News and Information Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospice Provider Preview Reports Now Available Hospice provider preview reports and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey ® provider preview reports have been updated and are now available. These two separate reports are available in your Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 3-12-19

AUTHOR FINDS MEANING IN BOTH SCIENCE AND THE SPIRIT FOR THOSE NEAR LIFE’S END Sunita Puri’s new book, That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour, is drawing attention for how we understand medicine’s role in the last stage of life. Puri, a palliative care and hospice physician, shares intimate moments from her […]

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Upcoming TNMHO Member Webinar: Security & Data Loss Prevention

Webinar for TNMHO Members: Security & Data Loss Prevention: How to Prepare for Ransomware & Other Cyber Attacks

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Legislative Updates 3/6/19

Every week, hospice providers will be receiving a legislative update so you can be aware of what is going on in your respective states during the session.  We hope that you will find this information helpful and inciteful.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Maxcine “Max” Tomlinson at: [email protected] […]

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Regulatory Updates 3/6/19

Federal Register Highlights DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 42 CFR Parts 406, 407, 422, 423, 431, 438, 457, 482, and 485 Office of the Secretary Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Interoperability and Patient Access for Medicare Advantage Organization and Medicaid Managed Care Plans, […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 3/5/19

LESSONS WE CAN LEARN FROM DYING NONPROFITS   The U.S. boast more than 1.5 million nonprofit organizations, and much publicity goes into the openings of new ventures. But less investigation is given to the question of why so many nonprofit organizations end so soon after they begin—often only six to fifteen years. Courtney E. Martin, […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 2-28-19

 DEALING WITH THE EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL PAIN OF GRIEF   Losing a person who’s close to you can be hard enough, but the grieving often find that this pain is compounded by a lack of awareness or support that have far-reaching impacts. These pains may include effects on emotional and physical health. From both academic […]

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Weatherbee Resources Hospice Regulatory Boot Camp March 2019 – Austin, TX

Co-sponsored by Texas & New Mexico Hospice Organization. Monday, March 18, 2019 at 8:30 AM -to- Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 3:45 PM Boot Camp | $695  Additional 3rd day Wednesday, March 20, 2019 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Striving for Documentation Success  |  $325 (Open to registrants attending the 2-day Boot Camp or anyone […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 2/19/2019

VIRGINIA TECH’S JACK DUDLEY FINDS QUALITY IN HOSPICE   The Roanoke Times published “Hospice gave Virginia Tech professor a good year longer to live.” Charles “Jack” Dudley, who taught for two decades in Virginia Tech’s honors program, felt the battle of two diseases: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes. “I had these two doctors. They […]

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Legislative Update for the Week of 2/14/2019

Every week, hospice providers will be receiving a legislative update so you can be aware of what is going on in your respective states during the session. We hope that you will find this information helpful and inciteful. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Maxcine “Max” Tomlinson at: [email protected] […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 2/12/19

RACIALIZED HEALTH DISPARITIES IN PAIN MANAGEMENT   Yolonda Wilson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Howard University, drove ten hours to visit her ill father in a Florida hospital. When she arrived, she was asking a nurse about his whereabouts when she heard his screams coming from down the hall. “Never mind. I hear him,” she […]

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Regulatory Update for the week of 2/8/2019

Federal Register Highlights DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Office of the Secretary Annual Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines–This notice provides an update of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) poverty guidelines to account for last calendar year’s increase in prices as measured by the Consumer Price Index. The guidelines in this […]

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Hospice News for the week of 2/5/2019

PHYSICIAN DIFFERENCES SURROUNDING PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED DEATH

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 2/1/2019

NOT IN TEXAS! Designated Hospice Attending Physicians

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Hospice News for the week of 1/29/2019

BOOM TIMES AND CHALLENGES FOR HOME HEALTH AND HOSPICE MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS   In two recent articles in Home Health Care News, Bailey Bryant looks to the year ahead for home health agencies and the trends in palliative care and hospice. She foresees a boom in home health and hospice mergers and acquisitions in 2019. It’s […]

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 1/25/19

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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Legislative Updates 2/8/19

SB 310 (Rodriquez) – relating to the authority granted under and form of a medical power of attorney.

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Hospice News for the week of 1/22/19

CMS ANNOUNCES PLANS TO ALLOW MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS TO OFFER MEDICARE HOSPICE BENEFIT BEGINNING IN 2021

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