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Hospice News for the Week of 2/12/19

RACIALIZED HEALTH DISPARITIES IN PAIN MANAGEMENT   Yolonda Wilson, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Howard University, drove ten hours to visit her ill father in a Florida hospital. When she arrived, she was asking a nurse about his whereabouts when she heard his screams coming from down the hall. “Never mind. I hear him,” she […]

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Regulatory Update for the week of 2/8/2019

Federal Register Highlights DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Office of the Secretary Annual Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines–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 Consumer Price Index. The guidelines in this […]

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Hospice News for the week of 2/5/2019

PHYSICIAN DIFFERENCES SURROUNDING PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED DEATH

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 2/1/2019

NOT IN TEXAS! Designated Hospice Attending Physicians

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Hospice News for the week of 1/29/2019

BOOM TIMES AND CHALLENGES FOR HOME HEALTH AND HOSPICE MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS   In two recent articles in Home Health Care News, Bailey Bryant looks to the year ahead for home health agencies and the trends in palliative care and hospice. She foresees a boom in home health and hospice mergers and acquisitions in 2019. It’s […]

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 1/25/19

Government Shutdown Update The Texas and New Mexico Hospice Organization has received calls regarding the effect of the federal government shutdown on hospice providers.  Please be aware that fiscal intermediary billing and payment, state survey and certification programs will continue.   Federal Register During the funding lapse, Federalregister.gov is not being supported. If data feeds […]

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Legislative Updates 2/8/19

SB 310 (Rodriquez) – relating to the authority granted under and form of a medical power of attorney.

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Hospice News for the week of 1/22/19

CMS ANNOUNCES PLANS TO ALLOW MEDICARE ADVANTAGE PLANS TO OFFER MEDICARE HOSPICE BENEFIT BEGINNING IN 2021

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Physician Assistants in Hospice? Not In Texas until HHSC Amends Rule

Texas Hospice Providers please note that the allowance for a physician assistant to be the attending physician, effective January 2019 will NOT be allowed until Texas Health and Human Services amends their rules!  Until such time, the stronger rule applies. Physician Assistants in Hospice On January 1, 2019, Physician Assistants were added to the list […]

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Regulatory Update 1/17/19

Government Shutdown Update The Texas and New Mexico Hospice Organization has received calls regarding the effect of the federal government shutdown on hospice providers.  Please be aware that fiscal intermediary billing and payment, state survey and certification programs will continue.   Federal Register During the funding lapse, Federalregister.gov is not being supported. If data feeds […]

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Hospice News – 1/15/2019

Recent News on End-of-Life Care

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Regulatory Update 1/11/2019

Government Shutdown Update The Texas and New Mexico Hospice Organization has received calls regarding the effect of the federal government shutdown on hospice providers.  Please be aware that fiscal intermediary billing and payment, state survey and certification programs will continue.   Federal Register During the funding lapse, Federalregister.gov is not being supported. If data feeds […]

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Hospice News 1/8/2019

WHY DID MINNESOTA’S HOSPICE USAGE TRIPLE?

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Legislative Updates – 1-3-19

New Mexico 54th Legislative Session The New Mexican Legislative Session begins January 15 and ends March 16, 2019.  Legislation may be pre-filed from December 17, 2018 to January 11, 2019.    Texas 86th Legislative Session   The Texas Legislative Session (86th) begins January 8, 2019 and ends May 27, 2018.  Pre-filing has begun.   Senate […]

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Regulatory Updates 1/3/2019

 Government Shutdown Update The Texas and New Mexico Hospice Organization has received calls regarding the effect of the federal government shutdown on hospice providers.  Please be aware that fiscal intermediary billing and payment, state survey and certification programs will continue.   Federal Register During the funding lapse, Federalregister.gov is not being supported. If data feeds […]

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CAHPS News

CY 2018 Participation Exemption for Size Form Now Available
Provider Preview for CAHPS Hospice Survey Public Reporting began December 10

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Nurse Aides, Medication Aides and Denial or Refusal of License Rules Move!

Health and Human Services As part of the transformation of the HHS system, administrative rules for Chapter 94 Nurse Aides, Chapter 95 Medication Aides – Program Requirements, and Chapter 99 Denial or Refusal of License (long-term care providers) have been moved from Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 40, Part 1, Department of Aging and Disability […]

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Legislative Update 12/20/2018

New Mexico 54th Legislative Session The New Mexican Legislative Session begins January 15 and ends March 16, 2019. Legislation may be pre-filed from December 17, 2018 to January 11, 2019. Texas 86th Legislative Session The Texas Legislative Session (86th) begins January 8, 2019 and ends May 27, 2018. Pre-filing has begun. Senate Bills November 12, […]

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MedPAC considers a draft recommendation that would reduce the fiscal year 2020 Medicare Payment Rate

In the December meeting of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the MedPAC commissioners considered a draft recommendation that would reduce the fiscal year 2020 Medicare payment rate for hospice by two percent. In a press release, NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach responds to the departure from recent years of MedPAC recommending a 0% […]

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A WRAL Spotlight article addresses the importance of spiritual support during hospice care.

A WRAL Spotlight article addresses the importance of spiritual support during hospice care. The article notes that this support is important in: 1) Affirming that the individual’s life has had meaning and value. 2) Focusing on the importance of ensuring the patient dies an appropriate death. 3) Finding hope beyond the grave, such as finding […]

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