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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 3/11/21

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)  CMS Updates Nursing Home Guidance with Revised Visitation Recommendations The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), issued updated guidance today for nursing homes to safely expand visitation options during the COVID-19 pandemic public health emergency (PHE). […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 3/9/2021

DEATH DOULAS AND HOSPICES CAN SERVE PATIENTS SIMULTANEOUSLY   “Meeting People at the End: Embracing the role of the death doula for your hospice patients” appears in the March issues of HomeCare. The author describes the role of a death doula, elaborates on the services a doula provides—to patient and family, and explores why hospice […]

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regulatory updates for the week of 3/5/21

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 §551.46 –to protect individuals receiving ICF/IID services and the public health, safety, and welfare of the state during the […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 3/2/2021

EXPLORING ATTITUDES ABOUT DEATH AND END-OF-LIFE EXPERIENCES   Several recent articles explore the nature of death, how it is viewed and experienced, and how our attitudes about death and near-death experiences impact us. Each article addresses death from a different perspective and each brings issues and ideas for consideration.   Next Avenue recently published “How […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 2/24/2021

Federal Register   DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES 45 CFR Parts 160 and 164 Enforcement Discretion Regarding Online or Web-Based Scheduling Applications for the Scheduling of Individual Appointments for COVID-19 Vaccination During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency This Notification is to inform the public that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 2/23/21

REVIEWING THE STATE OF HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE: NHPCO’S STUDY OUTCOMES &  DR. DIANE MEIER’S PERSPECTIVE   NHPCO Newsline’s Winter Issue examines the state of palliative care offerings of hospice providers. The article, written by Lori Bishop, shares findings of NHPCO’s 2020 survey, and action ideas for moving forward. The survey found that 69% of […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 2/19/2021

WITH DYING PATIENTS, FOCUS ON PATIENTS’ GOALS IN CARE, BEING HONEST AND BEING GENTLE -– NOT SPECIFIC MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS: ENCOURAGE HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE   In “The Magic Words: Turning Despair Into Hope,” physician Ian Jenkins begins his thoughts on “how doctors should talk about the end of life”  with their patients. In this article […]

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 2/11/2021

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 §558.960—The Health and Human Services Commission is renewing the effectiveness of emergency new §558.960 for a 60-day period. The […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 2/9/2021

LEADINGAGE, VNAA, AND ELEVATINGHOME FORM PARTNERSHIP   LeadingAge has more “than 5,000 nonprofit aging services providers and other mission-minded organizations” that work together “to make America a better place to grow old. VNAA, also a nonprofit organization, works to advance “quality, value and innovation in home-based care.” ElevatingHOME is “an offshoot” of VNAA. A year […]

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 2/4/2021

Federal Register   DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Office of the Secretary Annual Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines Department of Health and Human Services— This notice provides an update of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) poverty guidelines to account for last calendar year’s increase in prices as measured by the […]

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