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2009-06-25 11:26:14

U.S. hospice providers are urging President Barack Obama to stop cuts to the nation's Medicare hospice benefits. In a letter to the president, 3,524 warned Obama the budget cuts could leave an estimated 1.5 million patients and their family caregivers without hospice care, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization said Thursday in a release. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also received comments from more than 500 of the providers offering specific details regarding...

2009-06-25 07:05:00

DETROIT, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Hospice of Michigan, the state's largest hospice and one of the largest non-profit hospices in the nation, will have spokespersons available to comment on the New England Journal of Medicine's article on profits in the hospice industry published in the June 25 issue. The article, which is titled "A New Era of For-Profit Hospice Care - the Medicare Benefit," focuses on the evolution of the hospice benefit from the time it was created in 1982 to...

2009-06-23 11:51:00

VNA's Hospice of Philadelphia Opens Free-Standing Inpatient Unit PHILADELPHIA, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Peaceful. Calm. Serene. These are the adjectives Hospice of Philadelphia considered when it developed its new free-standing inpatient hospice unit. Caring for a hospice patient in their own home is ideal, but is not always possible. Typically, patients requiring acute care must go to a hospital. The new hospice unit provides patients and their families an innovative alternative....

2009-02-27 12:59:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization released the following statement upon the release of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission's (MedPAC) March report to Congress. The report includes recommendations to revise the Medicare hospice benefit. Each year, more than 1.4 million patients and family caregivers seek hospice care. The Medicare hospice benefit is responsible for millions of people living as fully as...

2009-02-18 08:23:00

One-Year Moratorium on Cuts in Medicare Hospice Funding Signed Into Law ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nation's hospice community claimed a significant victory this week after President Barack Obama signed a bill (H.R. 1 - The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) into law that includes a one-year moratorium on cuts in Medicare funding for the more than 4,700 hospice programs nationwide. The action ensures that access to quality and compassionate...

2009-01-26 09:47:00

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- As unemployment continues to rise in the United States, Americans are battling to hold onto their health coverage. Many are worried about what would happen if they were struck with a serious medical condition - who would care for them? How would they pay for the care? But the widely known benefit of hospice care is often underutilized due to various misconceptions. This benefit is available to all eligible Americans - whether they are employed or...

2009-01-08 17:51:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization along with several national leadership organizations issued a consensus statement regarding the principles of hospice care and protection of the Medicare Hospice Benefit. The organizations standing together in sharing this unified message about end-of-life care are the American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, National...

2008-12-30 14:45:00

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Dec. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The State of Florida's proposed elimination of the Medicaid benefit that provides hospice care to some of the state's most fragile individuals actually would cost Florida millions more than the state currently spends - adding to the state's budget deficit rather than reducing it - according to a newly released study commissioned by Florida Hospices and Palliative Care (FHPC), the statewide group representing all of the state's hospice...

2008-10-31 20:09:58

For many Americans living with a serious, progressive illness, the goal is to remain and die at home -- not in a hospital, nursing home or other facility. But statistics show that nearly 75 percent of all deaths occur in a hospital or other healthcare facility. However, 90% of hospice care patients do remain in their homes to realize their wish. Furthermore, recent studies have shown that patients on hospice care live longer and better lives. In San Diego County, only half the individuals...

2008-10-02 15:01:04

Make a difference in the lives of seriously ill adults and children by becoming a San Diego Hospice volunteer. Interested community members are invited to apply for the upcoming free Patient Care Volunteer Training on Saturday, October 18 and Saturday, October 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. As a patient care volunteer, you will provide priceless companionship to patients and much-needed relief to caregivers. Information and applications can be found online at www.sdhospice.org or call...