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Archives: May 2018

Hospice News Digest 5-21-2018

Posted May 21, 2018

5-21-2018 Hospice Blog   Registration Open for Hospice Quality Reporting Program Data Submission and Reporting Webinar, May 30, 2018 Listen to the NHPCO’s Podcast: FY 2019 Proposed Rule The J15 Part A Claims Processing Issues Log has been updated Free Education from CMS on Electronically Submitting the Cost Report Package Fewer Patients with Renal Disease…read more

Hospice News Digest 5-14-18

Posted May 14, 2018

1) NHPCO’s Overview of FY2019 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements Proposed Rule “ The NHPCO’s NewsBriefs Online provided the following overview of the rule: Posted on April 27, 2018, NHPCO analyzed the proposed rule (PDF) and published a Regulatory Alert on April 30, 2018. Some highlights of the…read more

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

Because you already are a superhero

Posted May 3, 2018

Now you just have a chance to dress up as one. UHPCO’s third annual 5k Fun Run is coming right up! Go to our Facebook event to RSVP. Come dressed as your favorite superhero or come dressed as the superhero you already are! We run to raise awareness and honor the everyday superheroes who serve those…read more

NAHC Proposed Hospice Rule Free Web Event

Posted April 30, 2018

On Thursday, May 3, 2018, NAHC is presenting a free webinar covering the proposed FY2019 Hospice Payment Rule. This event will cover a wide variety of topics, not least of which is the new HQRP Rule and the new Hospice Payment Rule. NAHC says the program objectives are: Key “takeaways” from the FY2019 Hospice Wage…read more

BREAKING NEWS! 2019 Proposed Rule for Hospice

Posted April 28, 2018

The unpublished FY2019 hospice payment rule is available for download at the Office of the Federal Register. There will be a 60-day comment period, so please go check it out. The final payment update will be released sometime in late July. Once NAHC has read the rule, they will release a summary of important topics,…read more

Join us! Plus, access to an industry podcast

Posted April 24, 2018

If you haven’t joined UHPCO yet, now’s your chance! Fill out a form that describes your situation (individual application, multiple-office provider (3+ locations), or provider (1–2 locations)). Fill it out completely (including credit card information) and fax it to 801-673-6424 or scan it and send it to If you need to send a check, mail…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