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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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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 4/30/2021

Federal News and Information ASPR; the Exchange The Work of Hospital and Supportive Care Providers During COVID was released on April 22, 2021.  ASPR TRACIE shares the most valuable, timely, and helpful information for you and your colleagues on the significant contributions made by supportive care providers and healthcare engineering representatives during the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 4/27/2021

ARTICLE EXAMINES THE PUSH TO EXPAND PALLIATIVE CARE   A STATELINE article from Pew Charitable Trusts examines the push to expand the use of palliative care. “Long-Haul COVID Renews Push to Expand Palliative Care” explores the efforts of providers of palliative care, as well as medical organizations, in pushing for expansion of palliative care to […]

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 4/22/21

Texas Register  TITLE 26. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PART 1. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION CHAPTER 558. LICENSING STANDARDS FOR HOME AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES AGENCIES SUBCHAPTER I. RESPONSE TO COVID-19 AND PANDEMIC-LEVEL COMMUNICABLE DISEASE 26 TAC §558.950—The Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) adopts on an emergency basis in Title 26, […]

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