STUDY REVEALS THAT “FIGHTING A BATTLE” WITH SERIOUS ILLNESS MAY CREATE MORE HARM THAN GOOD “When it comes to cancer and other serious diseases, we often rely on words of aggression and tenacity,” says an article in USC News. “Patients are ‘fighters,’ and those who experience remission or return to good health are ‘survivors.’ Obituaries […]
MEDPAC DISCUSSES REDUCTION TO HOSPICE AGGREGATE CAP
Revisions to Requirements for Discharge Planning for Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Home Health Agencies, and Hospital and Critical Access Hospital Changes to Promote Innovation, Flexibility, and Improvement in Patient Care–This final rule empowers patients to be active participants in the discharge planning process and complements efforts around interoperability that focus on the seamless exchange of patient information between health care settings by revising the discharge planning requirements that Hospitals and Home Health Agencies (HHAs) must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
INCLUSIVE HOSPICE CARE FOR PATIENTS WITH OBESITY More patients with obesity are enrolling in hospice care though hospice providers are not always well-equipped to provide targeted care to this group. “Hospice often cares for patients who are underweight or emaciated due to advanced disease or chronic illness, which can contribute to the lack of […]
This final rule reforms Medicare regulations that are identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively burdensome on health care providers and suppliers, increases the ability of health care professionals to devote resources to improving patient care by eliminating or reducing requirements that impede quality patient care or that divert resources away from furnishing high quality patient care, updates fire safety standards for Medicare and Medicaid participating End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) facilities by adopting the 2012 edition of the Life Safety Code and the 2012 edition of the Health Care Facilities Code and updates the requirements that hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. This rule is effective November 29, 2019.
Welcome to these new hospice provider members: A Healing Touch Hospice – Weslaco
At Home Health Care Hospice – Houston
Long Term Care Regulatory Regions are Changing on November 1, 2019! Program Integrity Enhancements to the Provider Enrollment Process (CMS-6058-P)
ARTICLE SHARES NEW MODEL FOR ASSESSMENT OF SPIRITUAL NEEDS AT END-OF-LIFE The Journal of Palliative Medicine covers the development of a new model, PC-7, for scoring religious/spiritual (R/S) needs in palliative care patients at the end-of-life. “The aim of this project was to develop an evidence-based model for spiritual assessment, specific to adult palliative […]
Hospices: Call for Panel on Assessment Instrument and Quality Measures — Nominations due September 30
Hospice Provider Preview Reports Now Available
NHPCO RELEASES “HOSPICE PROGRAM INTEGRITY INITIATIVES” NHPCO released integrity guideline for hospice care. The release is part of their role in providing assistance to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG), and Congress in “helping to stop fraud and abuse before it occurs and embracing any new […]