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Hospice News for the Week of 6-11-19

PALLIATIVE CARE WORKER CRISIS IS LOOMING Alarm bells are sounding about the looming shortage of palliative care physicians to meet increasing demand. “Unless new policies are adopted, a steady decline in the number of palliative care physicians is expected for the next 14 years,” reports Health Leaders. This concern was set off most recently by […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 5-28-19

HOSPICES CAN DO BETTER USING MEDICARE INTENSIVE ADD ON   “Hospice providers are not taking advantage of the Medicare Service Intensity Add-On (SIA) program, despite the program’s potential to drive quality improvement and increase revenues,” writes Jim Parker for Hospice News. The CMS introduced the SIA in 2016, which allows hospices to bill an additional […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 5-23-19

Federal Register: https://www.federalregister.gov/ Texas Register: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/index.shtml New Mexico Register: http://164.64.110.239/nmregister/ Texas Register Highlights   TITLE 22. EXAMINING BOARDS PART 34. TEXAS STATE BOARD OF SOCIAL WORKER EXAMINERS CHAPTER 781. SOCIAL WORKER LICENSURE The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners (board) adopts amendments to: 781.402 Clinical Supervision for LCSW and Non-Clinical Supervision for LMSW-AP and Independent Practice […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 5-21-19

BRANDT AND AQUAVIVA HONORED AS “PALLIAVIVE CARE POWER COUPLE” Kim Aquaviva and Kathy Brandt are well known in the world of hospice and palliative care. The couple has been together for 18 years. Acquaviva is a professor of nursing, and author of a book on inclusive care for LGBTQ persons. Brandt is a leader in […]

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 5-17-2019

Federal News and Information ~ Note the following information from Palmetto Palmetto Local Coverage Determination (LCDs) and LCD Article Updates: Hospice The following LCDs were revised: • The Hospice – Renal Care L34559 • The Billing and Coding: Hospice – Renal Care A56545 • The Billing and Coding: Hospice – Renal Care A56545 To access […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 5-14-2019

SHOULD ‘DNR’ BE REPLACE THE TERM ‘NO CPR’?

 

“The term ‘do not resuscitate’ should be laid to rest,” argue Amber Barnato and Maxwell Vergo in an opinion piece published in The Hill. Barnato and Vergo are health care educators who say the term DNR is rife with misunderstandings for patients, families, and health-care providers alike, and they lay out a case to update the language around end-of-life wishes.

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 5-9-19

Local Coverage Determination (LCD) Update: Hospice
The following two local coverage determinations were revised for hospice:
Hospice Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders L34567 
Hospice – Liver Disease L34544 

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Hospice News for the Week of 5-8-19

HOSPICE DATA IMPACTING POLICY, CARE, AND PATIENT EXPERIENCE   With more data sets and tools available, both hospice policy decisions and care operations increasingly rely on the data findings. Hospice News released a whitepaper titled “How Data is Driving Hospice Decisions.” The 10-page document focuses on how providers are using data to make care-related decisions […]

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 5-2-2019

 Texas News and Information  Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)  Regulatory Services Mailbox PL 19-11 New Policy, Rules and Training Mailbox was issued on April 23, 2019.  Policy, Rules and Training (PRT) now has a dedicated email mailbox. Questions for all provider types regarding policy and rules can be sent to [email protected] . The email […]

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Hospice News for the week of 4-30-19

HOSPICE PROVIDERS MAY LOSE ON THE PROPOSED 2020 RULE

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