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2022 Hospice CAHPS Honors

TNMHO is proud to recognize members who have been given this prestigious honor for continuously providing the highest level of quality, as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. CONGRATULATIONS!! ANGELS CARE HOSPICE WICHITA FALLS, TX HEART TO HEART HOSPICE OF EAST TEXAS LLC HEART TO HEART HOSPICE OF TYLER LTD HEARTSWAY HOSPICE OF NORTHEAST […]

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 1/7/2022

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 ICF/IID Provider Response to COVID-19 – Mitigation. CHAPTER 553. LICENSING STANDARDS FOR ASSISTED LIVING FACILITIES SUBCHAPTER K. COVID-19 RESPONSE26 […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 1/11/2022

RETHINKING ADVANCE CARE PLANNING AS DEATH APPROACHES New York Times’ opinion column published “When Faced With Death, People Often Change Their Minds.” The author is Daniela J. Lamas, a pulmonary and critical-care physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Lamas shares the story of one of her patients who had once been intubated. After […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 11-5-2021

Texas Register  Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Payment Rates for FFY 2022 Medicaid Community Hospice, Personal Attendant Services, and the Biennial Fee Review The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will conduct a public hearing on November 12, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. in the Public Hearing Room 125 of the John H. Winters […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 11-2-2021

NHPCO REPORTS ON 2021 HOSPICE FACTS AND FIGURES   NHPCO’s 2021 edition of NHPCO Facts and Figures reveals that there is a continuing ‘growth in the number of hospice patients with non-cancer diagnoses, including a principal diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, dementia, or Parkinson’s, which represented more than four times the number of patients who had cancer.” […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 10/29/2021

Federal News and Information   US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Renewal of Determination That A Public Health Emergency Exists As a result of the continued consequences of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, on this date and after consultation with public health officials as necessary, I, Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Health and […]

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TX & NM Hospice Organization Announces New Executive Director, Brandie Baker!

Austin, TX – Texas & New Mexico Hospice Organization has selected Brandie Baker as its next executive director. Brandie will succeed Larry Farrow, who is retiring at the end of October after 27 years leading the organization. Brandie first joined TNMHO, a nonprofit member-based association that educates and advocates for Hospices in Texas and New […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 10/26/2021

STAFF SHORTAGES CAUSE SOME HOSPICES TO “ASK NEW PATIENTS TO WAIT”   An article in New York Times, written by Paula Span, is titled “Short on Staff, Some Hospices Ask New Patients to Wait.” The article opens with the story of 89-year-old Anne Cotton who was told by Lumina Hospice and Palliative Care, which serves […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 10-15-2021

Texas Register  TITLE 26. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PART 1. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION 26 TAC §558.960- HCSSA staff must comply with a long-term care facility’s infection control protocols when entering to provide essential services.  To review, go to:  https://www.sos.state.tx.us/texreg/archive/October82021/Emergency%20Rules/26.HEALTH%20AND%20HUMAN%20SERVICES.html#5.    Federal News and Information  Palmetto GBA  Meet Your MAC Palmetto GBA is introducing a […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 10-12-2021

DIGNITY THERAPY FOCUSES ON MAKING LAST WORDS COUNT   An article in Knowable Magazine addresses the history of dignity therapy (DT), the importance of the therapy, the helpfulness patients and staff report, and the rarity of how often it is used in the US.  Some people who are dying “wish for death and contemplate suicide.” […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 10-07-2021

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 §558.961–The Health and Human Services Commission is renewing the effectiveness of emergency new §558.961 for a 60-day period.   Original […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 10-5-2021

NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS CONCERNED  WITH VBID DECISION BY CMS   Both the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the National Association of  Home Care have shared their dissatisfaction with CMS’s announcement to move forward with the implementation of the Medicare Advantage (MA) Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID).   NHPCO called for a delay of this action […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 10/1/2021

Texas Register  Inpatient Hospice Providers, please note: TITLE 26. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PART 1. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION CHAPTER 500. COVID-19 EMERGENCY HEALTH CARE FACILITY LICENSING SUBCHAPTER A. HOSPITALS 26 TAC §500.1–HHSC is adopting an emergency rule to allow a currently licensed hospital to operate an off-site inpatient facility without obtaining a new license at: […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 9/28/2021

ROSHI JOAN HALIFAX REFLECTS ON THE EXPERIENCE OF DYING   “Most of the time death won’t follow our script, says Zen teacher and end-of-life expert Joan Halifax. A Lion’s Roar interview features Halifax and her interview with Melvin McLeod. The idea of “good death” has become quite popular. Halifax says, however, that “the journey of […]

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Regulatory Updates for the week of 9/23/2021

Federal News and Information Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Agency-Level Hospice Quality Measure (QM) Reports Now Include Claims-Based Measures QM Reports now include two measures based on Fiscal Year 2018 and 2019 Medicare claims data: the Hospice Care Index (HCI) and Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life (HVLDL). Hospices can use […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 9/22/2021

HOSPICE AND PALLITIV CARE PROVIDERS URGED TO CLAIM THEIR VALUE A IN EVOLVING HEALTHCARE SYSTEM   While hospice providers understand the value they offer, people outside the hospice field “may see hospice and palliative medicine as a niche service for the last few days of life.” “This disconnection,” asserts an article in NHPCO’s Newsline Fall, […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 9/16/2021

Federal News and Information Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospice providers, please be aware that if you contract with a nursing facility you are defined as staff! QSO-20-38-NH REVISED 09/10/2021 Interim Final Rule (IFC), CMS-3401-IFC, Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency related to Long-Term Care (LTC) […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 9/14/2021

STRONG CULTURAL SENSITIVITIES NEEDED TO OVERCOME CULTURAL BARRIERS IN PALLIATIVE CARE   An article in McKnight’s Senior Living explores “Overcoming barriers to palliative care among culturally diverse communities.” Terri Maxwell, PhD, explores some of the barriers that impede access to care, and offers insights into cultural differences that may help providers be more successful.   […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 9/10/21

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 §551.47–The Health and Human Services Commission is renewing the effectiveness of emergency new §551.47 for a 60-day period. CHAPTER 553. LICENSING STANDARDS […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 9/7/2021

AUTHOR ISSUES CHALLENGE FOR PROIVIDERS TO OFFER CAREFUL ATTENTION TO SPIRITUAL NEEDS OF PATIENTS AND FAMILIES   One of Betty Ferrell’s (PhD, FAAN, FPCN) titles is editor of Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. In the latest issue of the publication, Ferrell issues a challenge. She notes that “palliative care nurses are centrally involved in […]

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