Hospice News Blog 11-5-2018

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Today’s Blog Content:

News

Now available: NCP Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition

New Opioids Disposal Law Impacts Hospice

NHPCO’s NewsBriefs 11-01-2018

Hospice Action Network Monthly News Update

CGS November Home Health and Hospice Medicare Bulletin

Events

29th Annual Utah Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Convention

Interest Items

Another Possible Way for Providers to Fight Back

Industry News


News

Now available: NCP Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition

Via CAPC: “First published in 2004, the guidelines have been periodically updated to reflect important changes in the field. One of the key features of the guidelines is the inclusion of recommendations for integrating palliative care principles and best practices in various settings. The guidelines focus on specific clinical and organizational strategies, including treatment considerations and screening and assessment elements, tools, and resources, in addition to the practice examples. Health care organizations can choose how best to apply the guidelines criteria based on their patient populations and care settings.

This 4th edition includes new recommendations, calling for:

– each person living with serious illness to receive a comprehensive assessment to determine their needs and priority goals;

– assessment of the needs of families and caregivers for support and education;

– improved coordination of care, especially as the person living with serious illness transitions from one place to another;

– culturally inclusive care; and

– communication among all those caring for the person, from the palliative care team to the family to other health care professionals and providers of community resources.”

Read these guidelines here…

New Opioids Disposal Law Impacts Hospice

Hospice agencies need policies to specify their processes for disposing of deceased patients’ opioids – or not.
A new law allows hospice professionals to dispose of left-over opioids according to specifics outlined in the law to limit the availability of excess opioids in the community and decrease the opioid epidemic.

NHPCO’s NewsBriefs 11-01-2018

Read the NHPCO’s most recent newsletter here…

Some of the topics in the NewsBriefs include: NCP Releases Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, National Hospice and Palliative Care Month Begins, Hospital Mortality and Hospice, Redesign of Hospice Benefit Periods, Welcoming Attendees to IDC 2018, Upcoming NCHPP Chats not to Miss, and Chat Recordings on myNHPCO

Hospice Action Network Monthly News Update

Read Hospice Action Network’s most recent news updates here…

Some of the topics in the News Update include: National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, Congressional updates, #myHospice Campaign, Regulatory & Quality Update, and NHPCO Podcasts

CGS November Home Health and Hospice Medicare Bulletin

The most recent bulletin can be read here…

Some of the articles in the bulletin include: Home Health and Hospice Top Medicare Credit Balance Submission Rejects, MM10583 (Revised): Revisions to the Telehealth Billing Requirements for Distant Site Services, MM10871 (Revised): Quarterly Influenza Virus Vaccine Code Update – January 2019

 

Events

29th Annual Utah Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Convention

November 6 & 7, 2018

Attendee Registration

Join your hospice colleagues at the UHPCO convention and annual meeting.

Learn. Re-connect with long-time friends. Expand and enrich your hospice practice with access to hospice-specific experts in regulatory compliance, emergency preparedness and technology to keep patients and families safer at home. Investigate opportunities that UHPCO community partners bring. Hear how someone overcame seemingly insurmountable challenges – and how you can, too.

And while you’re there, do your Christmas shopping!

What can we say? We aim to please, and we know you’re busy.

You can’t miss this convention!

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Interest Items

Another Possible Way for Providers to Fight Back

Via Elizabeth E. Hogue, Esq: “The following article is about another basis on which to challenge recoupments.” Read the full article here…

Industry News

Shared via The Carolinas Center’s News of Note 10-31-2018:

Proposed Medicare Changes Threaten Home Health in Rural Markets  Home Health Care News 10.29.2018

Medicaid expansion linked to reduced mortality among dialysis patients  Healthcare Finance 10.30.2018

 

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