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Hospice National News 11/15/2022

Researcher Addresses Equitability in End-of-Life Care for African Americans For four months before her death, Annie Mae Bullock’s family watched her receive healthcare that was “rocky at best.” In the final three days, when Bullock received hospice, her care was excellent, says her daughter Karen Bullock. Those final days were spent at home “surrounded by […]

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Regulatory Update 11/15/2022

Palmetto The Texas and New Mexico Hospice Organization hosted Mactoberfest in Houston this week.  The below topics were addressed during the training by Palmetto.  Please ensure that the appropriate staff are aware of these items.  Sequestration and HQRP are money related!! Certification of Terminal Illness for the Medicare Hospice Benefit Module The updated Certification of […]

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Hospice National News 11/8/2022

FEATURED ARTICLE Forbes Articles Explore Medically Assisted Death Forbes published a 2-part series that examines many aspects of medically assisted dying. Part one says the medically assisted dying is “hotly debated” in a number of countries, and offers several updates on the status of medical aid in dying (MAID) in some of these countries. Boomers, […]

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Regulatory Update 11/8/2022

Federal News and Information Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) QSO-23-02-ALL – Revised Guidance for Staff Vaccination Requirements QSO 23-02-ALL was released on October 26, 2022. On November 5, 2021, CMS published an interim final rule with comment period (IFC). This rule establishes requirements regarding COVID-19 vaccine immunization of staff among Medicare- and Medicaid-certified […]

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Regulatory Update 11/2/2022

Federal News and Information   Care Compare Off-Cycle Refresh – October 2022 An off-cycle October 2022 Refresh for the Hospice Quality Reporting Program is now available on Care Compare. The Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) and the Hospice Care Index (HCI) informational videos are now available to be viewed on Care Compare. References to Hospice APU […]

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Hospice National News 11/1/2022

Salt Lake City’s, INN Between, Helps Homeless People Come to Die with Dignity Los Angeles Times reports on the work of the Salt Lake City’s Inn Between. The organization’s mission is “‘to end the tragic history of vulnerable peopled dying on the streets.’”  The article shares a number of stories about persons who have lived […]

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Hospice National News 10/25/2022

American Journal of Nursing Article says, “Hospice Has a Diversity Problem” An article in American Journal of Nursing explores the continuing disparities in hospice care. The article reviews various studies that support this claim, and then offers thoughts and hopes for future improvement. The article begins by bluntly noting, “The typical patient census in hospice […]

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TNMHO Regulatory Update 10/21/2022

Texas Register Part 34. Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners Chapter 781. Social Worker Licensure Subchapter C. Application and Licensing 22 TAC §781.404–The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council proposes amendment §781.404, relating to Recognition as a Council-approved Supervisor and the Supervision Process. The proposed amendment provides more specific details regarding the minimum standards for the […]

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Hospice National News 10/18/2022

One Physician Shares about “What People See & Hear Before they Die” While death is a universally-shared human experience, it is mysterious and “largely out of our control.” In a 2016 survey by Chapman University, nineteen percent of Americans feel fear and anxiety about death. And 38.1% fear the death of their loved ones. Dr. […]

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TNMHO Regulatory Update 10/14/2022

Texas Register Title 22. Examining Board Part II. Texas Board of Nurshing Chapter 213. Practice and Procedure 22 TAC §213.28–The Board adopts amendments to §213.28, relating to Licensure of Individuals with Criminal History, without changes.  The amendments to implement the statutory requirements of House Bill (HB) 1899, enacted by the 86th Texas Legislature, effective September […]

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Hospice National News 10/11/2022

Stanford Medicine News Center offers “How a bereaved mom is helping researchers improve palliative care.” That mother is Jamila Hassan, whose son Omar was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age 2. Omar died shortly before turning ten in 2012. Hassan leaned on the support of others she met at the Bass Center for Childhood […]

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Regulatory Update 10/8/2022

Texas Register   Proclamation 41-3931 this proclamation issued by Governor Greg Abbott States that a state of disaster continues to exist in all counties due to COVID-19.  He renewed the disaster proclamation for all counties in Texas. The proclamation Part 34. Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners Chapter 781. Social Worker Licensure Subchapter B. […]

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Hospice News 10/04/2022

Can We Choose When we Die? Eve Glicksman, writing for Washington Post, explores the stories of dying people who hold on to life “until a loved one reaches the bedside or leaves the room,” and then die. This is an experience that is not uncommon. This raises the question of whether we have some control […]

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Hospice News 09/27/2022

Kaiser Health Network Examines how allowing Concurrent Care for Children has Impacted Pediatric Hospice Care The 2020 Affordable Care Act made it possible for California children enrolled in “Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program. . .to receive curative” care while enrolled in hospice. Though commercial insurers are not required to cover concurrent care, says […]

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Regulatory News 9/23/2022

Federal News and Information National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) NHPCO shared the following HIPPA tool “The Covered Entity Decision Tool” from CMS.  This questionnaire will assist an organization on whether they (or a person) are a covered entity under the Administrative Simplification provisions of HIPPA.  The tool is here.   NEW & UPDATED […]

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Hospice News 09/20/2022

Feature Story “Britain Ponders How to Discuss Death” The Washington Post reflects on the death of Queen Elizabeth and how Britons deal with grief and death. Britons, as they mourn the loss of their monarch, are “feeling a complex soup of emotions” says the article. Some people are calling bereavement counselors. And some find grief […]

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Regulatory Update 09/16/2022

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospice: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19 CMS released a corrected document on the COVID flexibilities for COVID.  You can access that document here.   UPDATED Resource Available: HQRP Acronym List This revised resource is an updated list of acronyms commonly used throughout HQRP training materials and presentations. Providers […]

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Hospice News 09/13/2022

Rocky Mountain PBS Explores the Colorado Death Industry On September 8, Rocky Mountain PBS aired “Colorado Voices: Dealing with Death,” exploring “the death care industry in Colorado.” The episode explores various after-life scenarios and examines why talking of death is so taboo. Though there are numerous beliefs and ideas about what happens when life ends, […]

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Regulatory Update 09/09/2022

Texas Register TITLE 22. EXAMINING BOARDS PART 11. TEXAS BOARD OF NURSING CHAPTER 213. PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE 22 TAC §213.28–The Board is proposing amendments to §213.28, relating to Licensure of Individuals with Criminal History. The amendments implement House Bill (HB) 1899, enacted by the 86th Texas Legislature, effective September 1, 2019.  It added Subchapter B to the […]

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Hospice News Weekly 09/06/2022

CHAP Working to Bring Age-Friendly Health Systems Into Home-Based Care CHAP has received a part of a $2.3 million grant from The John A. Harford Foundation. The work of the grant is “to bring the Age-Friendly Health Systems movement to home- based care.” This “age-friendly framework is a patient-centered focus.” The program focuses on 4Ms–what […]

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