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We Honor Veterans Partnership Quarterly Virtual Meetings – Sign-up

Each quarter TNMHO hosts a 1 hour WHV partnership meeting to share expertise and to help hospices that are participating meet program requirements. You only need to sign up once to get on the roster, and then you will be notified by email of every meeting. The meeting usually will have 1-2 speakers followed by […]

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Complimentary for TNMHO Members: Webinar: Education is 90% our Job

Webinar: Education is 90% of Our Job (Free for TNMHO Members)
March 10, 2020 at 11 AM CST
Taking care of someone at the end of life is different than taking care of someone who is going to get better. Most people don’t understand this and aren’t familiar with the particular goals of end of life care. If we don’t teach people the difference, our end of life work will be judged by the wrong standard – by the standard of recovery, and satisfaction in the care we provide will suffer. 

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Haven’t renewed yet?

Time to renew your membership! Submit your 2020 Member Profile here, and we’ll have you all set in no time. Members can renew from your account dashboard, via e-invoice, or by mailing a check. The 2020 profile page will get you a headstart. Welcome back!      

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APPOINTMENT FOR DISPOSITION OF REMAINS

APPOINTMENT FOR DISPOSITION OF REMAINS FORM

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Authorization to Disclose Protected Health Information

Texas Attorney General:  Authorization to Disclose Protected Health Information    

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Legislative Updates

Every week, hospice providers will be receiving a legislative update so you can be aware of what is going on in your respective states during the session.  We hope that you will find this information helpful and insightful.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Maxcine “Max” Tomlinson at: [email protected] […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 3-19-19

 MEDPAC RELEASES REPORT TO CONGRESS ON MEDICARE PAYMENT POLICY   The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has released the March 2019 Report to the Congress: Medicare Payment Policy. The 531-page report covers a broad range of issues—from the context for Medicare payment policy to outpatient dialysis services and opioid alternatives in hospital settings. It provides […]

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Regulatory Updates 3/28/19

Federal Register Highlights DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 42 CFR Part 455 Office of Inspector General Medicaid; Revisions to State Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Rules This final rule amends the regulation governing State Medicaid Fraud Control Units (MFCUs or Units). The rule incorporates statutory changes affecting the Units […]

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Regulatory Updates 3/14/19

Federal News and Information Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospice Provider Preview Reports Now Available Hospice provider preview reports and Hospice Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS®) Survey ® provider preview reports have been updated and are now available. These two separate reports are available in your Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 3-12-19

AUTHOR FINDS MEANING IN BOTH SCIENCE AND THE SPIRIT FOR THOSE NEAR LIFE’S END Sunita Puri’s new book, That Good Night: Life and Medicine in the Eleventh Hour, is drawing attention for how we understand medicine’s role in the last stage of life. Puri, a palliative care and hospice physician, shares intimate moments from her […]

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Weatherbee Resources Hospice Regulatory Boot Camp March 2019 – Austin, TX

Co-sponsored by Texas & New Mexico Hospice Organization. Monday, March 18, 2019 at 8:30 AM -to- Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 3:45 PM Boot Camp | $695  Additional 3rd day Wednesday, March 20, 2019 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Striving for Documentation Success  |  $325 (Open to registrants attending the 2-day Boot Camp or anyone […]

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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 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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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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Legislative Updates 12/14/2018

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.   […]

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Hospice Item Set Manual: New Version

The Hospice Item Set (HIS) Manual V2.01 is updated with refined guidance to clarify HIS coding instructions. Note: No updates were made to HIS items. Visit the HIS webpage for more information:  https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Hospice-Quality-Reporting/Downloads/HIS_Manual_V201.pdf.

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Federal News and Information

Hospice Item Set Manual: New Version

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 “Hospice is Not ‘The Last Resort’” is published by CDA Press and explores the IMPACT program, a proactive approach to collaborative treatment.

It’s about looking at hospice as another, more welcoming option as opposed to zig-zagging back and forth from a patient’s home to the doctor’s office to the emergency room to the hospital. It’s about understanding that, during that end-of-life time, tests and X-rays can be painful or at the very least exhausting for people who could benefit more from the loving contact of being with friends and loved ones.”

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PSILOCYBIN BROADENED THIS DOCTOR’S UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IT MEANS TO FACE THE END OF LIFE

“Could I serve my patients more fully if I paid more attention to what lies beyond their small self? Is the inner work of dying not about deciding how you want things arranged but instead about learning how to allow the small self to dissolve?” It’s one thing to read about this loss of the small self, he concludes, but another to experience it.

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Opioid Legislation Passed by Congress

Among the items in this legislation is a provision that allows certain hospice employees to dispose of controlled substance drugs onsite after a patient’s death, currently prohibited under 2014 DEA regulations.

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