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Hospice National News 12/20/2022

Survey Examines Views of Aging and End-of-Live Care In late November, Patient Engagement HIT published “Most Patients Wary of End-of-Life Care, Senior Healthcare Experience.” The article reports on a September survey from the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI). NPHI has posted outcomes from the survey. The report, “Views and Experiences of Aging […]

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Hospice National News 12/13/2022

Medpac Holds December Meetings and Makes Recommendations for Changes to Hospice   On December 8, MedPAC staff member Kim Neuman offered a presentation titled, “Assessing payment adequacy and updating payments: Hospice services.” Neuman examined “beneficiaries’ access to hospice care, quality of care, hospices’ access to capital, and the relationship between Medicare’s payments and hospices’ costs. […]

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Regulatory Update 12/13/2022

Texas Register Governor Greg Abbott Proclamation 41-3941 This proclamation renews the March 13, 2020, disaster proclamation that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in the State of Texas.  Read the proclamation.   Texas Health and Human Services Commission Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) […]

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Hospice National News 12/6/2022

Hospices React to Article Calling Hospices “A For-Profit Hustle”  “Endgame: How Hospice Became a For-Profit Hustle” is a Propublica  article that also appears in New Yorker. It was published online on 11/28, and in the December 5 issue of New Yorker. The piece examines hospices that exploit the hospice benefit and patients in order to […]

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Legislative Updates 12/2/2022

Prefiling began on November 14, 2022, in Texas!  We expect many bills to be filed.  Every week, hospice providers will receive a legislative update so you can be aware of what is going on in your respective states during the session.  New Mexico cannot begin filing until January 2023, at which time our New Mexican […]

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Hospice National News 11/29/2022

Article Reviews the State of Using Psychedelics at End of Life Management of pain and unwanted symptoms is sometimes very difficult as life nears the end. Over two dozen states, as well as the US House of Representatives are considering legislative action to allow access to psychedelics to treat, among other things, end-of-life patients. The […]

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Regulatory Update 11/29/2022

Texas Register   Texas Health and Human Services Commission Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2023 Payment Rates for Medicaid Community Hospice for Routine Home Care, Continuous Home Care, Inpatient Respite Care, General Inpatient Care Services, and the Service Intensity Add-on Effective Retroactive to October 1, 2022. The Texas Health and […]

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Hospice National News 11/15/2022

Researcher Addresses Equitability in End-of-Life Care for African Americans For four months before her death, Annie Mae Bullock’s family watched her receive healthcare that was “rocky at best.” In the final three days, when Bullock received hospice, her care was excellent, says her daughter Karen Bullock. Those final days were spent at home “surrounded by […]

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Regulatory Update 11/15/2022

Palmetto The Texas and New Mexico Hospice Organization hosted Mactoberfest in Houston this week.  The below topics were addressed during the training by Palmetto.  Please ensure that the appropriate staff are aware of these items.  Sequestration and HQRP are money related!! Certification of Terminal Illness for the Medicare Hospice Benefit Module The updated Certification of […]

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Hospice National News 11/8/2022

FEATURED ARTICLE Forbes Articles Explore Medically Assisted Death Forbes published a 2-part series that examines many aspects of medically assisted dying. Part one says the medically assisted dying is “hotly debated” in a number of countries, and offers several updates on the status of medical aid in dying (MAID) in some of these countries. Boomers, […]

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