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Hospice News for the week of 5/26/2020

NAHC URGES CMS TO ALLOW TELEHEALTH PERMANENTLY   Guidelines surrounding the use of telehealth were relaxed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as part of their pandemic response. Now, hospice providers are asking that these relaxed guidelines continue after the threat of COVID-19 is diminished. President of the National Association for Home […]

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Regulatory Update for the week of 5/21/2020

Texas Register  TITLE 1. ADMINISTRATION PART 15. TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSIONCHAPTER 371. MEDICAID AND OTHER HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES FRAUD AND ABUSE PROGRAM INTEGRITY SUBCHAPTER G. ADMINISTRATIVE ACTIONS AND SANCTIONS–The Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) adopts amendments to §371.1603, concerning Legal Basis and Scope; and §371.1715, concerning Damages and […]

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Veterans Trauma Informed Care Initiative

SIGN UP FOR THE TRAUMA INFORMED CARE INITIATIVE Great News!!! TNMHO received a grant to train hospice professionals/agencies on trauma informed care in the veteran population. We will be hosting trainings in June and reporting data back to NHPCO in September, so this is a very short and time sensitive initiative. Please sign up if […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 5/19/2020

HOSPICES WORK TO ADAPT TO CHANGES BROUGHT BY CORONAVIRUS   The coronavirus pandemic has made dramatic transformations all around us—including hospice care. Hospice patients, their families, and hospice workers are adapting to visitation restrictions, concerns of infection, reduced home visits from staff, and more isolated end-of-life care. Across the country, hospices are finding ways to […]

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Regulatory Update for the week of 5/13/2020

Federal Register DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 42 CFR Parts 409, 410, 412, 413, 414, 415, 424, 425, 440, 483, 484, and 600 Office of the Secretary 45 CFR Part 156 Medicare and Medicaid Programs, Basic Health Program, and  Exchanges; Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to […]

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C-TAC Webinar: May 20 @ 11 a.m.

C-TAC Webinar:   May 20th @ 11 a.m.   Exploring the Intersection of Spirituality and Medicine in Serious Illness Care During COVID-19.   REGISTER

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Regulatory Update for the Week of 5/6/2020

Federal Register   DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 42 CFR Parts 409, 410, 412, 413, 414, 415, 424, 425, 440, 483, 484 and 600 Office of the Secretary 45 CFR Part 156 Medicare and Medicaid Programs, Basic Health Program, and Exchanges; Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 5/5/2020

CMS OFFERS “FLEXIBILITIES” TO RELIEVE BARRIERS TO HOSPICE CARE   On 4/30 CMS posted “Hospice: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19.” The document reviews and summarizes the temporary waivers for hospice that are in effect and enacted “for the duration of the emergency declaration.” CMS says the temporary changes are in action to remove healthcare provider […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 4/29/2020

Updated FAQ: Hospice Licensure Questions During COVID -19 Federal News and Information  Office of Inspector General (OIG)   FAQs–Application of OIG’s Administrative Enforcement Authorities to Arrangements Directly Connected to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency OIG is accepting inquiries from the health care community regarding the application of OIG’s administrative enforcement authorities, including the Federal […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 4/28/2020

19 hospice unit for patients who do not want to die in the hospital. The unit will be housed in a separate, previously vacant wing of the agency’s headquarters and will employ extensive infection control measures. Inpatient hospice patients of the special unit will be able to receive visitors – a feature which sets it […]

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