Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Join Our Team!

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is hiring. This is your chance to make a difference working on behalf of our nation's hospice and palliative care community.

NHPCO is seeking results-oriented people - talented, strategic, and innovative team players who have an unwavering commitment to excellence in all that they do.

We are now hiring for:
We at NHPCO are a dedicated group of professionals who are committed to excellence, appreciate and foster a sense of humor, and embrace change and team play as essential to success. We care about the work we do and the difference that we make. This is your chance to make a difference, too.

NHPCO is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Visit the NHPCO website to learn more.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Top Five Reasons to Attend IDC 2018

NHPCO shares five reasons to demonstrate the value of the upcoming Interdisciplinary Team Conference 2018 in New Orleans, November 5 - 7 (with preconference offerings on Nov. 3 & 4).

1.    Information you can put to work today from experts in the field.
There is no other hospice and palliative care conference for members of the IDT that provides the depth of information specific to professionals in our field. With more than 40 concurrent sessions, choose your areas of focus that will be the most beneficial to your work and program.

2.    Plenaries featuring industry leaders, innovators and inspirational speakers.
From focusing on hospice bereavement programs responding to the opioid crisis to a physician addressing the "myth" of patient-centered care. Also hear from an acclaimed author on the importance of creativity in professional growth.

3.    Robust preconference offerings allow you to take a deep dive into areas important to you.
With tools for you to take home and practical how-to's, make the most of your conference experience. From the inaugural Hospice Compliance Certificate Program to precons or indepth seminars on pediatric care, building and sustaining a community-based palliative care program and billing, and the ever popular Hospice Manager Development Program.

4.    Networking and professional development opportunities.
Through networking breaks, the exhibit hall and NHCPP lunches there are a myriad of ways to connect with your peers. This conference is a great opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with colleagues who know your challenges and are striving for solutions.

5.    Visiting New Orleans, Louisiana.
In one of America's most historic and unique cities, the IDC venue is on the edge of the French Quarter and moments from the Garden District. Enjoy the local food and music to make your time off or visit memorable.

See the full list and concurrent sessions, plenary speakers, preconference offerings and more on the IDC 2018 website

Thursday, August 16, 2018

My Hospice: A Butterfly to Remember

What My Hospice means is different to each individual and family being cared for. As Medicare’s first coordinated care model, we must protect the Medicare Hospice Benefit for the families in need of bereavement care.

At AseraCare, the support for the family members of hospice patients extends beyond their death.

Butterflies are known as a symbol of transformation, hope, life, and spirit. Hospices across the country hold butterfly releases to help those who are grieving, remember and honor their loved ones. Another way hospice helps care and nurture their families and the communities they serve.

Thank you, AseraCare Hospice, for sharing your event with us!

We invite you to keep promoting the power of hospice by joining the My Hospice campaign. Please consider sharing this post with your family and friends on Facebook and Twitter or share your My Hospice story with us.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Inviting Seasoned Leadership and Management Experts

NHPCO is seeking proposals designed to advance the knowledge, competence and performance of hospice and palliative care leadership and management professionals for the 2019 Management and Leadership Conference (April 15 – 17, 2019 in Washington DC).

Over 60% of participants in NHPCO’s annual Management and Leadership Conference have 11+ years of professional experience in the hospice and palliative care field. That is why we seek proposals at the intermediate to advanced learning levels to challenge, inspire and motivate the field’s leaders as well as to develop new leaders.

Intermediate to advanced learning level proposals in one of these key areas will be seriously considered for inclusion:
  • Clinical and Operations Management
  • Emerging Markets and Partnership Opportunities
  • Engagement and Marketing
  • Finance and IT
  • Fund Development
  • Leadership
  • Palliative Care
  • Public Policy
  • Quality
  • Regulatory
  • Staff Development/Excellence 

Trying to drill down to a specific topic? These suggestions may help (PDF).

Visit the call for proposals submission page for more details. The deadline to submit your proposal online is Friday, August 24; don’t delay!  

Thursday, August 2, 2018

FY2019 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule

On August 1, 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services posted the FY2019 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule (public inspection copy). 

The final rule includes a summary of the trend analysis detailed in the proposed rule, adds regulatory text to implement statutory changes adding physician assistants as hospice attending physicians, details the options for reporting of drugs on the claim form, publishes hospice rates and cap amount for FY2019, finalizes changes to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) and comments on a request for information on health information technology.

CMS has issued a fact sheet on the final rule, with a summary of major provisions. The final rule will publish in the Federal Register on August 6, 2018. 

Provisions of the final rule are effective October 1, 2018, except for the physician assistant provision, which takes effect January 1, 2019. 

NHPCO members will find a comprehensive Regulatory Alert offering analysis on the final rule, available on the NHPCO website.