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Hospice News for the Week of 11-22-2021

PAPER EXAMINES CHALLENGES HOSPICES FACE IN SERVING IN LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES DURING COVID   Kim Mooney is a Colorado-based thanatologist, hospice and bereavement expert, and founder of Practically Dying. Mooney is also author of “The Challenges of Providing Hospice Care in Long-Term Care Facilities During COVID-19.” The paper is a comprehensive review of these challenges, […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 11-19-2021

Federal Register Survey Certification and Enforcement Procedures You will see in this packet that many chapters are being amended.  You will be interested in 42 Code of Federal Regulations Part 488 Survey, Certification and Enforcement Procedure.  This chapter addresses hospice survey and enforcement requirements.  CMS enhanced the hospice program survey process by requiring the use […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 11-15-2021

FORSTER SAYS CMS HOSPICE SURVEY REVISIONS ARE “JUST THE BEGINNING”   Theresa Forster is vice president for hospice policy and programs at National Association for hospice policy and programs at National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC). Forster says CMS’s finalized 2022 home health payment rule is “likely just the tip of the iceberg […]

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 11-12-2021

Federal Register Hospice providers, please be aware of the following! DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 42 CFR Parts 416, 418, 441, 460, 482, 483, 484, 485, 486, 491 and 494 Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination–This interim final rule with comment period revises the […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 11-08-21

ARTICLE FOCUSES ON THE WORK OF FUNDERS TO SUPPORT PALLIATIVE CARE   An article in Health Affairs is titled, “Funder’s Support Of Palliative And End-Of-Life Care.” The article explores the attention given to palliative care, and reviews recent past, current and upcoming funding for palliative care initiatives. The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 11-5-2021

Texas Register  Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Payment Rates for FFY 2022 Medicaid Community Hospice, Personal Attendant Services, and the Biennial Fee Review The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will conduct a public hearing on November 12, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. in the Public Hearing Room 125 of the John H. Winters […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 11-2-2021

NHPCO REPORTS ON 2021 HOSPICE FACTS AND FIGURES   NHPCO’s 2021 edition of NHPCO Facts and Figures reveals that there is a continuing ‘growth in the number of hospice patients with non-cancer diagnoses, including a principal diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, dementia, or Parkinson’s, which represented more than four times the number of patients who had cancer.” […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 10/29/2021

Federal News and Information   US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Renewal of Determination That A Public Health Emergency Exists As a result of the continued consequences of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, on this date and after consultation with public health officials as necessary, I, Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and […]

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TX & NM Hospice Organization Announces New Executive Director, Brandie Baker!

Austin, TX – Texas & New Mexico Hospice Organization has selected Brandie Baker as its next executive director. Brandie will succeed Larry Farrow, who is retiring at the end of October after 27 years leading the organization. Brandie first joined TNMHO, a nonprofit member-based association that educates and advocates for Hospices in Texas and New […]

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Minute with Max October 2021

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