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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 9/16/2021

Federal News and Information Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospice providers, please be aware that if you contract with a nursing facility you are defined as staff! QSO-20-38-NH REVISED 09/10/2021 Interim Final Rule (IFC), CMS-3401-IFC, Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency related to Long-Term Care (LTC) […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 9/14/2021

STRONG CULTURAL SENSITIVITIES NEEDED TO OVERCOME CULTURAL BARRIERS IN PALLIATIVE CARE   An article in McKnight’s Senior Living explores “Overcoming barriers to palliative care among culturally diverse communities.” Terri Maxwell, PhD, explores some of the barriers that impede access to care, and offers insights into cultural differences that may help providers be more successful.   […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 9/10/21

Texas Register TITLE 26. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PART 1. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION CHAPTER 551. INTERMEDIATE CARE FACILITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH AN INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY OR RELATED CONDITIONS SUBCHAPTER C. STANDARDS FOR LICENSURE 26 TAC §551.47–The Health and Human Services Commission is renewing the effectiveness of emergency new §551.47 for a 60-day period. CHAPTER 553. LICENSING STANDARDS […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 9/7/2021

AUTHOR ISSUES CHALLENGE FOR PROIVIDERS TO OFFER CAREFUL ATTENTION TO SPIRITUAL NEEDS OF PATIENTS AND FAMILIES   One of Betty Ferrell’s (PhD, FAAN, FPCN) titles is editor of Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. In the latest issue of the publication, Ferrell issues a challenge. She notes that “palliative care nurses are centrally involved in […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 9/2/2021

Federal Register:  https://www.federalregister.gov/ Texas Register:  http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/index.shtml New Mexico Register:   https://www.srca.nm.gov/new-mexico-register/   Federal News and Information Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Health Care Code Sets: ICD-10 — Revised Read new information in this Medicare Learning Network fact sheet: Simple code explanations HIPAA requirement Resources to advance health equity and help eliminate health disparities Go to:  […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 8/31/2021

RESEARCHER ASKS “WHY PSYCHEDLICS AND DYING?”   Megan Miller is founder of the Creative Dying Project which works “to start conversations about death, encourage end-of-lie planning and establish a network of inclusive, community-based, psychedelic-friendly dying centers and home care options.” She is also author of “Creative Dying: Why Psychedelics and Dying?” The article is on […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 8/26/2021

Texas Register TITLE 26. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PART 1. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION CHAPTER 553. LICENSING STANDARDS FOR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES SUBCHAPTER K. COVID-19 RESPONSE 26 TAC §553.2001—To protect assisted living facility residents and the public health, safety, and welfare of the state during the COVID-19 pandemic, HHSC is adopting an emergency rule to require […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 8-20-2021

Texas Register   TITLE 22. EXAMINING BOARDS PART 9. TEXAS MEDICAL BOARD CHAPTER 174.   TELEMEDICINE SUBCHAPTER A. TELEMEDICINE 22 TAC §174.5–The Texas Medical Board (Board) adopts, on an emergency basis, amendments to 22 TAC §174.5, effective July 31, 2021.  The utilization of telemedicine to prescribe scheduled drugs for the treatment of chronic pain is needed to […]

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Press Release: Gail Meyer awarded the 2021 Charley Wasson Hospice Advocate Award

Texas and New Mexico Hospice Organization (TNMHO) has selected Gail Meyer as the recipient of its Charley Wasson Hospice Advocate Award.  The 2021 awards were received at the TNMHO annual convention awards ceremony on 8/1/2021. The Charley Wasson* Hospice Advocate Award recognizes individuals who have served as either a hospice professional or volunteer for no less than […]

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Press Release: Angela Mancha, RN awarded the 2021 Charley Wasson Hospice Advocate Award

Texas and New Mexico Hospice Organization (TNMHO) has selected Angela Mancha as the recipient of its Charley Wasson Hospice Advocate Award.  The 2021 awards were received at the TNMHO annual convention awards ceremony on 8/1/2021. The Charley Wasson* Hospice Advocate Award recognizes individuals who have served as either a hospice professional or volunteer for no less […]

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