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Regulatory Updates for Week of 6/17/2021

Texas Register CHAPTER 558. LICENSING STANDARDS FOR HOME AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES AGENCIES SUBCHAPTER I. RESPONSE TO COVID-19 AND PANDEMIC-LEVEL COMMUNICABLE DISEASE 26 TAC §558.961-The Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) adopts on an emergency basis in Title 26 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 558, Licensing Standards for Home and Community Support […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 6/15/2021

STUDY REVEALS BEREAVED FAMILIES ARE MORE LIKELY TO SAY LOVED ONES RECEIVED “TOO LITTLE” CARE RATHER THAN “TOO MUCH” CARE AT LIFE’S END   There are sometimes concerns about patients receiving too much aggressive medical care as they are dying. A study in Journal of Palliative Care focused on examining next-of-kin perceptions about the medical […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 6/3/2021

Texas Register   TITLE 40. SOCIAL SERVICES AND ASSISTANCE PART 1. DEPARTMENT OF AGING AND DISABILITY SERVICES CHAPTER 30. MEDICAID HOSPICE PROGRAM SUBCHAPTER B. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS 40 TAC §30.14—The Department of Aging and Disability Services is renewing the effectiveness of emergency amended §30.14 for a 60-day period. The text of the emergency rule was originally published in […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 6/1/2021

HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE NURSES ASSOCIATION ISSUES POSITION STATEMENT ON MEDICAL CANNBIS   Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), issued a new position statement on medical cannabis. The statement says “that palliative nurses should be familiar with the current literature about medical cannabis to facilitate effective communication about medical cannabis with patients and families.” This includes […]

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 5/27/2021

Federal News and Information Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) May Forum Materials Available Now On Wednesday, May 12, CMS hosted the Spring 2021 HQRP Forum to provide information on the Hospice Outcomes & Patient Evaluation, or HOPE. Materials from this HQRP Forum, including a recording of the presentation, are […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 5-25-2021

THE TOLL OF CAREGIVING—AND LESSONS LEARNED– THROUGH THE EYES OF A GERITRICIAN Geriatrician Dr. Rebecca Elon, familiar with issues impacting aging people, has experienced a year like no other Her sister died, her husband died, and she took in her elderly mother who has dementia. This year has taken her, she says from talking about […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 5/11/2021

NHPCO SURVEY FINDS HOSPICE PROVIDERS INTERESTED IN SUPPORTING NHPCO’S EFFORTS TO PROVIDE NEW RESOURCES    NHPCO recently completed a survey focused on understand “how many of its members have already developed, or are interested in developing, medical group practices.” When hospices want to participate in new care models, says NHPCO, those who have a medical […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 5/13/2021

Federal Register DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 42 CFR Part 483 Medicare and Medicaid Programs; COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements for Long-Term Care (LTC) Facilities and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals With Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs-IID) Residents, Clients, and Staff – This interim final rule (IFC) revises the infection control requirements […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 5/6/2021

Federal News and Information Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Section 1.01  Action: Community Champions Video Launch On May 5, 2021, as a part of CMS’ ongoing COVID response efforts to support the long term care community, we debuted our first social media videos highlighting staff, also referred to as Community Champions, who moved […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 5/4/2021

ARTICLE EXPLORES FRAUD AND KICKBACKS IN CALIFORNIA HOSPICES   Reform proposals are emerging in California that are focused on addressing “widespread fraud, kickbacks and other abuse in an industry meant to provide comforting care for the dying. . .” A bill being considered in the state Senate, if approved, would create a one-year moratorium on […]

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