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Oct 3, 2018, 10:58 AM
NPHI met with CMS Administrator Seema Verma about the issues related to ongoing audits that are leading to claims being routinely denied based on an overly simplified conclusion that the documentation fails to show continuous “terminal decline”, as clinically defined by the MAC, ZPIC, and other contract reviewers rather than as clinically defined by and certified by the clinical judgment of the certifying physicians.
Sep 12, 2018, 1:32 PM
CLEVELAND — It is 7:30 on a summer morning in a room overlooking the slate-gray, lapping waters of Lake Erie. Ten or so people, some just arriving at work, some finishing a night shift, sit silently on benches and in armchairs below stained-glass windows. A plump golden retriever named Linus, a therapy dog, wanders from one person to another, gratefully accepting their caresses.
Aug 21, 2018, 6:16 PM
Joe Doak devoted the final years of his own life to the final days of others. The retired electrical engineer didn't want patients at the HopeWest hospice in Grand Junction to die alone. So he became a vigil volunteer. Doak would sit with people, hold their hands, talk to them, pray with them.
Aug 3, 2018, 12:30 PM
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Palliative Care and Hospice Education Training Act (PCHETA) (H.R. 1676). This act moves to enhance and expand advanced illness care through strengthening provider training and public outreach programs.
Jul 27, 2018, 1:20 PM
There is growing concern over hospice worker fatigue as the number of hospice patients rose by 167 percent between 2000 and 2016. This article considers how hospice workers, often with the help of their employer, cope with the stress and hardships of their jobs.
Jul 27, 2018, 1:09 PM
Palliative care experts say it is not uncommon for people in hospice care to perk up briefly before they die, sometimes speaking clearly or asking for food.
May 24, 2018, 6:17 PM
On May 12, four NPHI members were recognized by Modern Healthcare as among the country’s Best Places to Work for 2018. The four members include Bluegrass Care Navigators (KY), Care Dimensions (MA), Joliet Area Community Hospice (IL), and Nathan Adelson Hospice (NV). Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work program has annually acknowledged outstanding employers of the healthcare industry since 2008. An alphabetical list of this year’s honored healthcare organizations and companies was released, official rankings won’t be known until late September.
Dec 9, 2017, 4:35 PM
Despite living in a country that delivers some of the best health care in the world, we often settle for end-of-life care that is inconsistent with our wishes and administered in settings that are unfamiliar, even dangerous. In California, for example, 70 percent of individuals surveyed said they wish to die at home, yet 68 percent do not.
Nov 14, 2017, 4:42 PM
The National Partnership for Hospice Innovation (NPHI) gathered leaders of member hospices and their partners from across the country at its first annual Igniting Innovation Summit from October 9-11, 2017 in Dallas, Texas.
Warner, Isakson, Blumenauer & Roe Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Enhance Planning Options for Patients with Advanced Illnesses
Jun 12, 2017, 4:50 PM
Legislation would provide new ways to test, measure, and improve options for patients seeking advance care planning