Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Virtual Conference Agenda at a Glance

NHPCO invites you to review the Agenda at a Glance for this summer's Virtual Conference, Aligning Practice with Evidence, coming to your organization, conference center or even your home via the Internet on July 26 - 27, 2017.

Presented by NHPCO, AAHPM and HPNA, t
he 2017 Virtual Conference is one of the most economical and convenient ways to bring high quality education to your team without the expenses associated with a traditional "out of town" conference.

Do you incorporate the latest research into your practice? Why? And if not, why not? This year's conference will explore ways that the medical and clinical practices of our field are aligned with scientific evidence. Sometimes our “usual” approaches to patient care and symptom management become our standard because “it’s how we do things.” The urgencies of meeting patient/family needs can make it difficult to read clinical journals and attend conferences. Even when we do try to keep up with advances in the field, we may lack confidence in our abilities to analyze what we read and hear—and discern which evidence warrants change in practice and which does not.

Act now and register today to lock in the early bird rate! 


Friday, May 19, 2017

2017 HAN Advocacy Intensive: Be Their Voice

Hospice Action Network and NHPCO will host the 2017 Advocacy Intensive in Washington, DC, on July 17-18, 2017.

Registration for the HAN Advocacy Intensive is now open. This event gives hospice programs nationwide an opportunity to stand as one community and speak with one voice on Capitol Hill – a voice for the patients and families we serve across the nation.

"We face constant change and uncertainty in health care and beyond. It is crucial that we seize the opportunity to educate policy makers about hospice and palliative care. And who better to tell the stories of hospice care than the nurses, social workers, chaplains, volunteers, and the many others who provide care at the bedside every day?" said NHPCO President and CEO Edo Banach.

The HAN Advocacy Intensive offers a comprehensive educational program for beginners and experienced advocates alike. Attendees will learn best practices to become effective hospice advocates, and how to build relationships with policy-makers over time. This is the best opportunity for the hospice community to learn the skills needed to influence the legislators and staff who are shaping the future of health care.

"Your patients need a voice in Washington. You can be that voice," added Banach.

This special event is offered free of charge.

Learn more and register for the 2017 Hospice Action Network Advocacy Intensive.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Call for Posters: 2017 Virtual Conference

NHPCO, AAHPM and HPNA are seeking posters of original research studies, systematic reviews, evidence-based clinical practice approaches and related topics for inclusion in the Virtual Poster Gallery for the 2017 Virtual Conference, "Aligning Practice with Evidence."

The Virtual Conference will be held July 26-27, 2017 with online content available for registered participants for three months following the conference. Poster proposals will be accepted through May 26, 2017.

Poster Expectations

  • All Posters displayed at the Virtual Conference must adhere to content validation value statements. Specifically, all suggestions or recommendations involving clinical medicine and practice must be based upon evidence that is accepted within the medical profession.
  • In addition, all scientific research referred to, reported or used in a conference session must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis.
  • Faculty is expected to refrain from overt statements, harsh language or pointed humor that disparages the rightful dignity and social equity of any individual or group.
  • All materials submitted for Posters must be reviewed by the conveners prior to the conference. As a result, deadlines for submission of Posters are scheduled well in advance of the event.
Poster Submission Guidelines
In order to allow an independent evaluation of the relevance and potential effectiveness of the Poster Presentation, submissions must include the following:

  • Area of Emphasis: Select from a menu of options
  • Title: A title for the Poster that informs the reviewer of the subject matter
  • Description: A brief description to be used to promote your Poster
  • Learning Objectives: Written from the perspective of what participants will learn
  • References/Citations: Three to five references from the past 5 years
  • Content Outline: Background, methods, results and conclusions for all research Posters; description of all major topics for non-research entries;
  • Faculty contact information, biographical sketch, disclosure.
Full details and the online poster submission portal is open now.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Linda Rock Receives Leadership Award

For her professional leadership in the field and her dedication to advancing hospice and palliative care, Linda Rock was awarded the Galen Miller Leadership Award at the opening plenary of NHPCO’s 2017 Management and Leadership Conference.  

Rock was immediate past chair of the NHPCO Board of Directors. During her many years of active involvement with NHPCO, she staffed numerous committees and provided strong and steady leadership at a time of significant change and transition at NHPCO.

More than 1,200 hospice and palliative care leaders, practitioners, and senior managers were in attendance at the conference that began May 1, 2017 at the Washington Hilton in Washington, DC.

“There is no more worthy recipient than Linda, who has worked tirelessly on behalf of hospice at the local, regional and national level.  A stalwart advocate on behalf of rural hospice care, Linda has been a proponent of greater access and the development of high-quality care for her entire professional life,” said John Mastrojohn, NHPCO’s senior vice president and COO.

Created in memory of Galen Miller, NHPCO’s executive vice president who died in August 2013, this award recognizes a champion and advocate from the field who has demonstrated the highest levels of dedication and passion for the hospice and palliative care community and the patients and families that receive care.

Linda Rock (C) is surrounded by the members of NHPCO’s leadership team and Bob Ward at the award presentation. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

NHPCO Comments on CMS Proposed FY2018 Hospice Wage Index Rule

On April 27, 2017, the Federal Register posted the FY2018 Hospice Wage Index proposed rule for public inspection.  Download the proposed rule, public inspection version (PDF). 

Overall, the Notice of Proposed Rule Making is both encouraging and discouraging for providers in the U.S. hospice community. NHPCO is pleased that CMS is recognizing the regulatory and administrative burdens facing the hospice community, and that CMS is trying to find ways to not add to that burden. We applaud the effort and recognition of the challenges of serving our nation’s patients and families.

Market Basket Increase
Unfortunately, the statutory limitation of the FY 2018 market basket to no more than a one percent increase, when the NPRM notes that it should be at least twice as much (2.2 percent) further burdens the community facing ever-increasing costs, and forces hospice providers to do more with less.

Quality Measures and Public Reporting
The hospice community is encouraged that CMS continues its efforts toward developing and implementing quality measures and public reporting, including a Star rating system.  At the same time, the hospice community is concerned about the use of claims data as the basis of new measures.  Also, it appears that CMS is intent on merely documenting the amount of continuous care and general inpatient care that is delivered, rather than assessing the actual needs of patients and how the hospice community is meeting those more intense clinical needs.

Patient Eligibility and the Physician’s Role
While CMS notes it is soliciting comments about the underlying documentation that is used, or should be used to determine patient eligibility, they seem to be ignoring the persistent problem of short hospice stays.

The thrust of their inquiry seems to be directed toward hospice physicians being required to review and reference the attending physician’s medical notes prior to the initial certification of a patient as eligible for hospice, or even requiring a face-to-face encounter with the hospice physician, prior to certification.  The hospice community already deals with patients dying during the admissions process, and with approximately 25 percent of hospice patients dying within seven days, and more than half within two weeks, waiting for patient records, or an appointment with the hospice physician, would be a cruel and inhumane process that would deny patients the very care they need.

Unless and until there is universal electronic medical records and the medical records are accessible across all care settings, this approach is very troubling indicator of a lack of understanding of what patients and families are going through and the devastating impact that it could have on hospice admissions.

CMS did note that the level of live discharges, from all causes, had remained relatively constant at 17 percent and as such, didn’t reveal any anomalies.

SIA Impact
CMS also noted that the Service Intensity Add-on didn’t seem to have influenced the number or duration of visits by clinical specialists in the last seven days of life.  As the hospice community continues to make adjustments under the new payment system, this bears additional review.

We look forward to a very engaged and collaborative working relationship with CMS to provide insights and actual operational impact examples of their proposals.

NHPCO members will find a regulatory alert offering more detailed analysis available on the NHPCO website.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Celebrating Volunteers during National Volunteer Week!

National Volunteer Week is April 23 – 29, 2017 and those dedicated individuals offering support, companionship and hope to those facing a life-limiting illness deserve special recognition for the difference they make in America. NHPCO salutes the estimated 430,000 trained hospice volunteers providing more than 19 million hours of service to hospice programs each year.

“Hospice began as a volunteer-driven movement in this country more than 40 years ago and volunteers continue to play an indispensable role in enabling hospice and palliative care organizations to offer the best care possible for patients and their families and caregivers,” said Edo Banach, NHPCO president and CEO.

Mercedes Ibarra believes sincerely in the hospice mission of providing quality, compassionate end-of-life care to those who are dealing with a terminal diagnosis.  She became a volunteer at Silverado Hospice Los Angeles in 2013 and says that her experience working with hospice patients has been “life-changing”.

Before becoming a hospice volunteer, I never knew that I could love someone I didn’t know that whole heartedly,” shares Mercedes. “And I like knowing that families feel that there is someone there to support them and their loved one.”

Mercedes has shared her story as part of a national campaign, Moments of Life: Made Possible by Hospice, which shows that hospice is not about giving up, but rather making more meaningful moments possible.   In “The Gift of Volunteering,”  viewers are given a glimpse into the life of a hospice volunteer as the camera follows Mercedes on two separate patient visits.  Mercedes and her patients dance, smile, laugh, cry and live in the moment.   

Hospice volunteers often serve patients and families at the bedside but they also assist in the office, help raise awareness, contribute to educational programs, and provide fundraising support and more. To learn more about hospice or to contact a local hospice, visit the Moments of Life: Made Possible by Hospice website.

Gift of Volunteering video

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Announcing Virtual Conference 2017 Opening Plenary Speaker Joan Harrold, MD

NHPCO is proud to announce that Joan Harrold, MD, MPH, FACP, FAAHPM will be the opening plenary speaker for this summer's Virtual Conference, Aligning Practice with Evidence, coming to your organization or conference center via the Internet on July 26 - 27, 2017.

How well are the medical and clinical practices of our field aligned with scientific evidence? Do you incorporate the latest research into your practice? Why? And if not, why not?

Sometimes our “usual” approaches to patient care and symptom management become our standard because “it’s how we do things.” The urgencies of meeting patient/family needs can make it difficult to read clinical journals and attend conferences. Even when we do try to keep up with advances in the field, we may lack confidence in our abilities to analyze what we read and hear—and discern which evidence warrants change in practice and which does not.

Dr. Harrold's presentation, "Building a Foundation: Aligning Practice with Evidence," will kick of the two day event that is hosted by NHPCO, AAHPM and HPNA.

Dr. Harrold is the Medical Director and CMO/Vice President of Medical Services of Hospice and Community Care in Lancaster and York, PA.  She has more than two decades of experience in hospice and palliative care.  Prior to becoming certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, she received her medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia; completed an internal medicine residency at Bowman Grey; and completed a Master of Public Health degree with special emphasis in epidemiology and biostatistics at The George Washington University.

Dr. Harrold serves on the Board of Directors of NHPCO and previously served as a director on the boards of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine , the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the Pennsylvania Hospice Network.  Dr. Harrold is the chair of the Professional Education Committee and serves on its various subcommittees. 

Joan Harrold, MD, MPH, FACP, FAAHPM
The 2017 Virtual Conference is one of the best, most convenient ways to bring high quality education to your team without having to leave the office. Brought to you by three leading organizations in the field.  

Act now and register today to lock in the early bird rate! 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Rallying to Encourage and Empower Us All to Make Our Healthcare Decisions Now Because... It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late

In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD), April 16, we share this blog as part of national efforts to raise awareness of this issue.  

College education.  Career path.  Relationships.  Starting a family.  Buying or selling a house. Vacations. Retirement. From the age that we’re old enough to understand, most of us are taught and accept that these are the markers in life that we plan for.  However, there’s one key marker that’s all-too-often missing from this list: advance care planning.  Like planning for these other life events, planning for the time (or times) that we are unable to express our healthcare wishes is of the utmost importance. It is something that should be well thought-out, documented and revisited at different points in life to reflect any change in our desires or family situation or the person we wish to advocate for us. 

Unfortunately, it is a planning point that that majority of us have missed.  In fact, only about 25% of adults have an advance care plan.  As a consequence patients’ families suffer the added burden of having to guess when a health crisis happens. That’s why National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) was founded 10 years ago and why this nationwide advance care planning awareness initiative is as important as ever. So this year, I’ve joined my fellow bloggers throughout the country to spread the word about the importance of advance care planning with this special NHDD edition blog.

NHDD, which happens every April 16—and is a week-long event this year—is a collaborative effort of thousands of national, state, and community organizations as well as dedicated individual advocates committed to ensuring that adult Americans–like you and me—have the information and opportunity to communicate and document their healthcare decisions.

If you haven’t had the talk already, check out the awesome three and a half minute “Imagine” video on the NHDD homepage: www.nhdd.org. It’s proof that it takes only a few minutes to start a conversation with your loved ones about advance care planning—a conversation that affects people for a lifetime.  

After the goosebumps settle down from watching the video, here are some specific things you can do for NHDD:
  • Lead by example.  Schedule time with your loved ones (on or before the week of April 16) to “Have the Talk” and complete your own advance directive. There are many tools, including free forms, you can use to walk you through the process and make your wishes known; access them through the NHDD Public Resources page or visit the NHPCO CaringInfo.org website for information. 
  • Encourage your loved ones and friends to learn more about advance directives and to complete their advance directives. You can forward this link: www.nhdd.org.
  • TAKE THE DARE!  I DARE YOU to have the talk about advance care planning and dare others as well!  When you do, share it on whatever outlet you prefer and use #healthtalkdare (and #NHDD) wherever possible.  If you don’t accept my dare, you should make a donation to NHDD  And, while my dare is about inspiring action, you get bonus points if you accept the dare AND make a donation!  (Note: you don’t have to share the specific contents of your talk—that’s your business—just share the fact that you did it.) 
  • Share your advance directive with your healthcare providers and make sure it is on file in the event it is needed. 
Already had the conversation with your loved ones, but want to do more?  Here a few suggestions to rally support for NHDD and encourage even more action:
  • Like the NHDD Facebook fan page and share it with your Facebook friends.
  •  On Twitter? Follow @NHDD and share the information with your followers, i.e. ‘Just 5 days to #NHDD, when will you #havethetalk? @NHDD can help www.nhdd.org’ OR Share the Dare!  #healthtalkdare. 
  • Send an email to your friends, staff, colleagues, lodge/social club members, and/or house of worship, telling them that you are participating in NHDD and encouraging them to do the same.  
Please use and share the resources available through the NHDD website and encourage and empower us all to make our healthcare decisions now because … It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late! 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Upcoming Webinar on Trauma-Informed End-of-Life Care

NHPCO is offering a Webinar on Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 2:00pm - 3:00pm ET that will explore the ways that past experiences with psychological trauma impact the end of life and how hospice and palliative care professional can help.

Over the course of a lifetime, most Americans will experience at least one psychologically traumatic event. Though most will not develop PTSD, a significant percentage will. Others may be impacted in less obvious ways which can affect one’s sense of self, safety or ability to trust. The diagnosis of a terminal illness can quickly activate or intensify underlying traumatic wounds, heighten defenses or layer new traumas associated with things like medical care or loss of control on top of those which already exist. Identifying those patients whose care and quality of life are being compromised by such concerns is essential. 

Led by Scott Janssen, MA, MSW, LCSW, of Hospice and Palliative Care Center of Alamance-Caswell, this Webinar will explore the origins of PTSD and subclinical PTSD, its potential impact on trauma survivors, the ways illness can complicate effective coping, relational harmony and care at end of life, and how hospice and palliative care professionals can help.  

CE/CME credit is available.

To see the learning objectives and to register for "Trauma-Informed End-of-Life Care," visit the NHPCO website.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Venturing Beyond the Reef

At first blush, the new Disney movie, Moana, has nothing to do with hospice. Yet as I was watching the movie a second time with my 6 year old daughter and 8 year old son, while simultaneously thinking about my new job (multi-tasking is a part of life for a CEO/Dad), the clear parallels came into view. In Moana, a once ocean-going Polynesian island-nation has settled into a life full of abundant sunshine, unlimited coconuts, and plenty of fish. Once a nation of brave sea-farers, the community had come to fear the ocean and the risks it holds, preferring instead the safety and security of their island. Moana, the chief’s daughter and heir apparent, feels compelled to venture into the sea, beyond the reef that separates the island nation from the rest of the world.  One day, the fish are gone and the coconuts dry up. Against her father’s wishes, Moana ventures out to save her nation.

What does any of this have to do with hospice? Well, as I see it we are a community that once looked out, conquering and creating new models. On the 50th Anniversary of Dame Cicely Saunders’ founding of St. Christopher’s Hospice, and in in the 35th year of the Medicare Hospice Benefit, we must recognize how far we’ve come and how courageous and brave we’ve been. I applaud all who helped hospice thrive and grow to where it is today. But like Moana’s island, we’ve grown accustomed to what the hospice island has given us, comfortable with the model and perhaps reluctant to venture beyond the hospice reef. I think that we all know that the healthcare world is changing, as it always has, and that we need to innovate and adapt.

I want to emphasize that innovation here is not about reinventing the wheel, forgetting the past and creating new and better ideas. There’s some of that for sure, but it turns out that we have the people and the tools to do amazing things. We’ve done it before, when we had far fewer people and far fewer tools. Think of what we can do if we bring it all together.

After a few failed attempts with a little boat, Moana is given permission to use the mothballed boats of her ancestors. These boats help her get beyond the reef. Like Moana, we need to venture outside of our island, beyond the reef. Like Moana, we might get tossed into the ocean or hit by a big wave from time to time. But if we use the tools that got us to where we are – a spirit and determination that there is a better way to care for seriously and terminally ill patients – we will be able to expand our reach to provide care, earlier and BE a fully integrated model. We need to give ourselves permission to be a little uncomfortable, to venture beyond our reef and move toward a brighter and sustained future.

If we do this right, we will ensure that hospice won’t be an island, but will instead be a much larger and more integrated part of the world. In fact, our future rests upon this notion. Most importantly, the health care needs of our patients depend on it.

By Edo Banach, JD
President and CEO

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

It’s All About Getting the Care You Want

To twist a familiar expression attributed to Benjamin Franklin: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except ‘life’ and taxes.” I only wish people would put as much effort into planning for their future healthcare needs as they do on their annual tax returns. As we near tax day, I hope that we can all pause to consider or re-consider our health care wishes.   

Advance care planning is not about the end…it’s about having heart to heart conversations with our loved ones, talking about our values, priorities and wishes.  It’s about documenting those wishes in an advance directive and sharing that with friends, family and healthcare providers so that we will get the care we want should we not be able to speak for ourselves. It’s about giving a gift to our loved ones who will know what’s important to us long before we ever face a serious illness or medical emergency.

All forms of advance directives – which can include a living will, healthcare proxy or health care power of attorney, or even a POLST or MOLST form from our physician – are tools one can use to make healthcare preferences known and help ensure we get the care we want.

These conversations and an advance directive do not have to be done in a lawyer’s office, but can take place around the kitchen table or in the family room, during calm times, not in the midst of a healthcare crisis. 

A recent bipartisan report from The Aspen Institute Health Strategy Group, “Improving Care at the End of Life,” offers five big ideas to improve care during this challenging time and will help take away some of the fear about having these important conversations. I support the five ideas, particularly the concept of “building the development and updating of an advance care plan into the fabric of life.”   This includes the integration of advance directives and planning tools into smart phones, and utilizing employee on-boarding and insurance sign-up periods to provide advance planning tools and allow individuals to execute an advance directive. 
I would like these conversations to be part of a person’s annual physical or a natural step when applying for insurance or starting a new job. Even a birthday or annual event like Thanksgiving can be a time to talk and make these conversations part of our family routine. And, yes, even the tax season can be a good time to have conversations about our health care wishes.                

Like taxes, these conversations can be difficult to begin but once we have, we’ve already gotten over the biggest hurdle. 

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization offers a range of materials to help people understand advance care planning and begin the discussion, all available free of charge at www.CaringInfo.org. This includes state-specific advance directive forms.

By Edo Banach, JD
President and CEO


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

MedPAC Releases March Report to Congress

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission released its annual  March report to Congress on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

The hospice chapter begins with an updated snapshot of the hospice industry. According to MedPAC, 1.38 million Medicare beneficiaries (or almost 49% of Medicare decedents) received hospice care in 2015 from 4,200 hospice providers. In that year, Medicare spent $15.9 billion on hospice care, up from $15.1 billion in 2014. However, Medicare spending on hospice care constituted less than 3% of overall Medicare spending.

In the report, the Commission recommends that “Congress should eliminate the update to the hospice payment rates for fiscal year 2018,” which is consistent with previous MedPAC recommendations.

It is important to remember that Congress must take action for a MedPAC recommendation to be implemented, which it has not done in recent years.

Learn more about the hospice chapter from the  Hospice Action Network blog.

Listen to NHPCO's Podcast, Episode #12 to here more about the report's focus on live discharge.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

SMRC Audit on GIP Claims

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has contracted with StrategicHealthSolutions, LLC as a Supplemental Medical Review Contractor (SMRC) for a review of patient GIP stays. (NHPCO members will find a Regulatory Alert offering further information on this GIP claims audit.)

Many hospice providers have asked for clarification about the role of the Supplemental Medical Review Contractor. What follows is some basic information about SMRC.

As the Supplemental Medical Review Contractor (SMRC), StrategicHealthSolutions, LLC has been contracted by CMS Center for Program Integrity to perform and/or provide support for a variety of tasks aimed at lowering the improper payment rates and increasing efficiencies of the medical review functions of the Medicare and Medicaid programs. One of their primary tasks will be conducting nationwide medical review as directed by CMS. The medical review will be performed on Part A, Part B, and DME providers and suppliers to determine whether Medicare claims were billed in compliance with coverage, coding, payment and billing practices. 

The selection of topics and time frames to be reviewed is determined by and at the direction of CMS. The focus of the projects may include, but are not limited to issues identified by Federal agencies, such as the Office of Inspector General (OIG), Government Accountability Office (GAO), CMS internal data analysis, the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) program, professional organizations and First-Look Analysis Tool for Hospital Outlier Monitoring (FATHOM) report and Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER). The SMRC is conducting medical review based on the analysis of national claims data versus data that is limited to a specific jurisdiction as performed by Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs). Unlike the MACs, the SMRC does not perform claim payment functions.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Message from Edo Banach

I’ve completed my first official week as President and CEO at NHPCO.  I am honored to lead the organization at this important time of change, and look forward to working together. 

Over the next several weeks and months, I will be learning more about your needs and the ways we can best serve you in the important work you do in your communities every single day.  I look forward to telling your stories to consumers, caregivers and policy-makers and expanding awareness of your dedication and skill. Together, we will build on the strong foundation of hospice and palliative care to grow innovative and compassionate care programs that will serve all in need. 

As I begin my tenure working with you and for you at NHPCO, National Hospice Foundation, and the Hospice Action Network, it seems fitting to reflect on the guiding values of this organization:
  • Service… engaging with you, our members and constituents, is at the heart of all that we do.
  • Respect and Collaboration… valuing the expertise, skills and contributions from the field and fostering partnerships and relationships with all our stakeholders is vital to future success.  
  • Excellence… exceeding the expectations of our members and embracing change and innovation will allow us to continually improve and grow in a manner that will allow us to embrace opportunities.  
  • Stewardship… managing resources with the highest ethical and fiscal standards will ensure accountability of your investment within NHPCO and foster integrity throughout our organization.
Please know that I take these values seriously and they will serve me and the entire team as we work together towards the bright future I see ahead of us all. A future that will not be without challenges, certainly, but I know that we can meet these challenges together as we strive to provide the highest quality care for those in need of our services and care.

I’ve been fortunate to meet a number of NHPCO members during my first week and I know this will continue.  I look forward to meeting you at our upcoming Management and Leadership Conference on May 1 – 3, 2017 at the Washington Hilton. If you have not already registered, I hope you’ll consider joining us. This will be a great opportunity to get to know each other better.

I look forward to our work together.

Edo Banach, JD
President and CEO


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

“Culture” + “Curiosity” = Culturosity®

A Desire to Learn about and Interact with Different Cultures

There are populations who do not benefit from equitable access to quality end‐of‐life care because of a history of healthcare disparities. Culturosity: Competence inTransitioning End‐of‐Life Care for Underserved Populations from Disparity toEquity is a special preconference seminar addressing this topic that is being offered on Sunday, April 30, 2017, the day before the 2017 Management and Leadership Conference officially begins. 

This daylong workshop will provide participants the opportunity to work through the cultural and systemic issues, and the inherent biases that exist for underserved and LGBT communities and communities of color. Using small group sessions, role play and other cutting‐edge interactive techniques, participants will acquire the knowledge and skills to help themselves and their programs develop care that brings equity out of disparity.

A look at NHPCO’s current edition of “Facts and Figures: Hospice Care in America” provides a snapshot of patient race and ethnicity of hospice patients for 2014. While the African American population accounts for over 12% of the overall U.S. population, only 7.6% of those entering hospice programs across the country were African American – and it should be noted that this percentage has dropped in recent years. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 7% of hospice patients and Asians or other Pacific Islanders account for 3%  (this represents a slight increase in reaching these populations); multiracial individuals account for 13%. 

The provider community has made strides to increase under-utilization of hospice and palliative care by minority communities but much remains to be done as the minority populations in the U.S. are projected to increase in the years ahead. 

This seminar, Culturosity, will help providers understand many of the issues involved in disparities and access. Online registration for the Management and Leadership Conference and the preconference seminars is open through March 27, 2017. Register today!