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Archives: March 2018

UHPCO State convention Registration form

Posted October 10, 2017

Time Tuesday, November 7 Location 7:00 – 8:00 Vendor Set up Ballroom, Main Lobby & North Lobby 7:30 – 8:30 Registration and Information North Lobby   8:00 – 8:30 Continental Breakfast – Sponsored by Kinnser Main & North Lobby Time General Session, Business & Keynote Address Room (capacity) 8:30 – 10:15 KEYNOTE Session 1 –…read more

Emergency management Table Top Exercise September 29th, 2017 9-10:30 AM

Posted August 28, 2017

This is a preliminary drill to have all Hospices and Home Health Agencies call in to a central number to report their number of patients ranked by severity and available staff. Each agency should sign up through the UNIS program at the state at the following address: They should sign up before the 29th…read more

Call the Mortuary and the Medical Examiner?

Posted April 11, 2018

What does the Medical Examiner’s office need to know when patients die? Come to UHPCO’s education session Tuesday, April 17 at noon and find out. And have lunch on us while you learn. It turns out that some hospice deaths that should be reported to the Medical Examiner are not. And that messes up Utah’s…read more

Prepare for an upcoming preparedness webinar from AHEPP

Posted April 9, 2018

If you’re wondering how to secure your patients’ information and use current best practices in cybersecurity, AHEPP (The Association of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professionals) is hosting a webinar on April 19 at 11AM Central Time. Topics will include (from the registration page): Cybersecurity leading and best practices in Healthcare IS Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery…read more

Transitions from Hospice Care, Followed by Death or Acute Care, Draft Measure Development for Hospice QRP: Public Comment Period Ends April 25

Posted March 27, 2018

CMS has opened comments for a new measure concerning transitioning from hospice care. Since everyone involved in hospice care is stakeholder in this project, please be sure to comment on the draft before April 25, 2018. You can go to the CMS website to read more about this measure, as well as find instructions on…read more

New NHPCO Newsletter for March 2018

Posted March 20, 2018

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has released their newsletter for March 2018. It’s packed full of great info. Here are a few highlights: HQRP Webinar from CMS CMS announced that they will facilitate a hospice quality reporting webinar on March 27, 2018 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. EST. Find details in the NHPCO Quality…read more

Hospice Useful Links and Upcoming Events for March 2018

Posted March 13, 2018

Upcoming on March 15 is the Central Utah Hospice & Palliative Care Conference: “Capturing the Hospice Vision.” This event is taking place in Provo. Head over here to register. If you want more info on the speakers and topics download this flyer. You can also download the agenda as well. CMS Launches Public Reporting of…read more

ASPR TRACIE February 2018 News Bulletin

Posted March 9, 2018

ASPR TRACIE has released a February news bulletin covering seasonal patient surges, flooding, and recently released and upcoming webinars discussing a wide-range of medical emergency preparedness topics. Read the entire release at the ASPR TRACIE site.

CMS Launches Public Reporting of CAHPS® Hospice Survey Results

Posted March 7, 2018

To help people make informed healthcare decisions and to increase transparency, CMS has provided the public with an opportunity to access hospice ratings based on the CAHPS Hospice Survey results. Anyone can now go to an easy-to-use website and search for a hospice in their area, or find a specific hospice by name. Users can…read more

Capture the Hospice Vision in Provo March 15

Posted February 20, 2018

Earn 5.75 CDU/CME at the 12th Annual Central Utah Hospice & Palliative Care Conference “Capturing the Hospice Vision” Thursday, March 15, 2018,  8 am – 5 pm at the Provo City Library at Academy Square. Great information and networking for PHYSICIANS, NURSES, SOCIAL WORKERS, CNA’s, PUBLIC RELATIONS STAFF, CHAPLAINS, OFFICE PERSONNEL, & VOLUNTEER COORDINATORS. REGISTER…read more

Could payment changes limit hospice access?

Posted January 11, 2018

Find out the answer to this and learn what NHPCO sees on the hospice horizon. And discover what you can do about it. Lauren Drew, JD, Hospice Action Network of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization alerted hospice providers January 10, 2018, to potential conflicts between hospitals and hospices on the day the patient is…read more

New Executive Director

Posted January 5, 2018

Happy New Year, hospice fans. 2018 finds the Utah’s hospice community bidding farewell to Dan Hull, whose ever-present leadership has steered UHPCO through calm and rough waters. Utah hospice professionals will miss Dan, and we wish him and Martha, his wife, al the best on their planned overseas adventures. Dan leaves some giant shoes to…read more