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Hospice News for the Week of 02/28/2022

STUDY SHOWS HOSPICES OFFER FINANCIAL BENEFITS TO THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM AND TO FAMILIES   While it has been shown in the past that the provision of hospice care saves money for Medicare, researchers did not know if “hospice saves money across all payers, including whether it shifts costs to families.” Researchers completed a study […]

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Christopher Hernandez Wins the Charley Wasson Advocacy Award

Christopher is a hospice aide with Three Oaks Hospice. His supervisor, Marjorie Wiltshire says he is one of the best hires she  ever made. He came to Three Oaks with no true work hospice experience. However, he experienced hospice personally with his mother. Chris has been works both weekdays and weekends. He volunteered to work […]

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Lauren Templeton Wins the Charley Wasson Advocacy Award

Dr. Lauren Templeton, medical director at Hendrick Hospice Care, and physician consultant at Weatherbee Resources recived the Charley Wasson Hospice Advocate Award on Feb. 20, 2022. Dr. Templeton’s dedication to her patients, staff and to the betterment of hospice and palliative care industry are abundantly clear to anyone who meets her. In her role with […]

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Tammie Ware Wins the Charley Wasson Advocacy Award

In 2019 the Founder, CEO, and Administrator of BRIDGE Hospice, Tammie Ware, put the hospice of her dreams in place. Tammie had worked in hospice for many years but always found herself unfulfilled working for other agencies. She planned to create a hospice that intentionally focused on the patient and the family before the bottom […]

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Hospice News for the Week for 02/22/22

STUDY EXAMINES CAREGIVER AND STAFF PERSPECTIVES ON TRANSITION TO HOSPICE CARE   Innovation in Aging published “‘That Little Bit of Time’”: Transition-to-Hospice Perspectives From Hospice Staff and Bereaved Family.’” The article shares about a research study of hospice staff members and bereaved family care members whose loved ones were served by hospice. The detailed methods […]

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Robert Friedman, MD receives the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2022

From the moment you meet Bob Friedman, it’s obvious he cares, really cares, about his patients, his staff, and the delivery of end-of-life care that honors the values and goals that a patient holds dear. Dr. Bob, as he is affectionately known, has been a hospice and palliative care physician since 1995 and a family […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 02/15/2022

MEDICAL SCHOOLS CAN BETTER PREPARE PROVIDERS TO “FACE THE VOID WITH OUR PATIENTS”   “Why Don’t Medical Schools Prepare Us to Face the Void With Our Patients?” This question is the title of an article in Science The Wire, and the article appeared first in The MIT Press Reader. Authors of the article are physicians […]

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Regulatory Update for the Week of 02/08/22

Texas Register   The following emergency rules were extended for 60 days with an expiration date of March 23, 2022: TITLE 26. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PART 1. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION CHAPTER 550. LICENSING STANDARDS FOR PRESCRIBED PEDIATRIC EXTENDED CARE CENTERS SUBCHAPTER C. GENERAL PROVISIONS DIVISION 1. OPERATIONS AND SAFETY PROVISIONS 26 TAC […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 02/08/2022

PAPER CALLS FOR GLOBAL CHANGE ON “BRINGING DEATH BACK INTO LIFE”   A Lancet Commission on the value of death calls for global sweeping change in how death is handled and how the process of death and dying become more balanced and less contradictory.  Dying in the 21st century, says the report, finds “ While […]

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Regulatory Update for the Week of 02/04/2022

  New Mexico Legislative Session Timelines The Second Session of the 55th Legislature January 3, 2022 – January 14 Legislation may be pre-filed January 18 Opening day (noon) February 2 Deadline for introduction February 17 Session ends (noon) March 9 Legislation not acted upon by governor is pocket vetoed May 18 Effective date of legislation […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 2/1/2022

COVID-19 LEADS TO INCREASE IN DEATH DOULAS AND GREATER FOCUS ON END OF LIFE   An article in Time magazine says hundreds of people in the United States have joined the ranks of death doulas during the pandemic. The National End-of-Life Doula Alliance, says the article, “grew to more than 1,000 members in 2021, from […]

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Regulatory Update for the week of 1/28/2022

Federal News and Information   Office of Inspector General (OIG) During 2022, the OIG Office of Audit Services will perform a nationwide review of hospice eligibility, focusing on those hospice beneficiaries that haven’t had an inpatient hospital stay or an emergency room visit in certain periods prior to their start of hospice care.  No further […]

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2021 Year In Review

  Federal January 21, 2021 – Public Health Emergency Extended for COVID-19 March 26, 2021 – Emergency Preparedness revised guidance to surveyors related to the emergency preparedness: QSO-21-15-ALL Updated Emergency Preparedness Guidance and Appendix Z. Sep 30, 2021 —The value-based insurance design (VBID) demonstration, known as the Medicare Advantage (MA) hospice carve-in, began in 2020. […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 1/25/22

MORE BLACK-OWNED HOSPICES ARE NEEDED IN THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY   An article in Healthline examines the need for more black-owned hospices to serve African Americans. NHPCO says, about “54 percent of white Medicare patients used the Medicare hospice benefits versus roughly 41 percent of Black Medicare patients enrolled in hospice.” Judi Lund Person, NHPCO’s […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 1/20/22

MEDPAC MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS TO CONGRESS FOR 2023 HOSPICE PAYMENTS   MedPAC’s January Meeting, held virtually on January 13 and 14, focused on recommendations to be made to Congress and the federal government on Medicare issues regarding 2023 payments. Kim Neuman, on 1/13, made the presentation “Assessing payment adequacy and updating payments: Hospice services.”   Neuman […]

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Regulatory Updates the week of 1/19/22

A Message from Max 2021 was a challenging year for all of us; a continuation of 2020!  Between the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the February winter storm everyone should have been worn out; but like troopers you kept on doing what you needed to do to meet your patients and family’s needs.  No sooner would […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week 1/14/2022

Texas Register   Please share the following information with your nurses. TITLE 22. EXAMINING BOARDS PART 11. TEXAS BOARD OF NURSING CHAPTER 213.PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE 22 TAC §213.10– There is a new Texas Nurse Portal (Portal), which was launched on June 15, 2020. It is a paperless, confidential, and secure system that allows individuals to apply […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 1-4-2022

ARTICLE EXPLORES HOW PRIVATE EQUITY FIRMS ARE ACQUIRING HOSPICES IN U.S. “Private Equity Is Gobbling Up Hospice Chains And Getting Involved In the Business of Dying” is written my Molly Redden, Senior Politics Reporter for HuffPost. The sub-title of the article is “One private-equity-led hospice chain has thousands of seniors in its care and millions […]

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Regulatory Updates for the Week of 12-17-21

  Texas Register Emergency Rule Extensions On December 3, 2021, the following Emergency COVID 19 Rule was extended: TITLE 26. HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES PART 1.  HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSIONCHAPTER 554. NURSING FACILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE AND MEDICAID CERTIFICATION SUBCHAPTER CC. COVID-19 EMERGENCY RULE 26 TAC §554.2802 Emergency Rules Title 26 (state.tx.us)   Federal News […]

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