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2010-04-15 10:13:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), along with other national, state and community organizations, is leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making--an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16, 2010 as National Healthcare Decisions Day. As an organization committed to increasing awareness of advance care planning, NHPCO is providing information...

2010-03-16 08:07:00

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Reminds People, "It's About How You LIVE" ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Five years ago national attention was riveted as the husband and parents of Terri Schiavo waged a very public legal battle regarding who had authority to determine if she would have wanted artificial means to prolong her life. While many Americans learned about the importance of planning for critical healthcare decisions before a crisis, two-thirds...

2010-03-12 08:36:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over the past weeks, Keith Olbermann has shared personal experiences regarding his father's health crisis on MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann." On yesterday's broadcast (03/11/10) Olbermann spoke about the necessity of completing a living will and appointing a health care proxy. "Talking with families about health care wishes and completing living wills while you are healthy is about living fully," said J. Donald Schumacher,...

2010-01-14 16:33:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization today urged the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission to adjust the community's 2010 projected profit margins from 4.6 to 2.6 percent in order to more accurately reflect hospice's unique, mandatory program costs of volunteer and bereavement services. The Medicare (and Medicaid) hospice benefit includes all care related to the terminal illness, as well as requires programs to provide up...

2009-12-09 12:12:00

Awards Sponsored by National Hospice Foundation and the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At a special awards presentation and plenary session during National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's 6th National Conference on Volunteerism and Family Caregiving, awards were presented to four individuals and one volunteer program that have made significant contributions to hospice programs in the areas of care...

2009-11-03 09:09:00

New Report on Hospice Care in America Released as November's National Hospice/Palliative Care Month Begins ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 35 percent (35.4) of patients served by hospices in 2008 died or were discharged in seven days or less reports the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. This reflects a 4.6 percent increase from 2007, when 30.8 percent of patients had what is considered a short hospice experience. Patients and families...

2009-10-08 08:40:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thousands of people around the world will be coming together to sing, dance, perform, recite poetry and speak out to raise awareness and funds for hospice and palliative care services across the globe on Saturday, October 10, 2009. "Discovering your Voice," the theme for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day 2009, stresses the need to hear the voices of people around the world affected by life-limiting illness--this includes patients,...

2009-09-29 08:33:00

Article Finds Great Promise for Increasing Availability of Hospice in Nursing Homes ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers at the Harvard Medical School, Department of Health Policy have published a review article of hospice care in the nursing home and found a number of benefits indicating that greater availability of hospice holds promise in the nursing home setting. Key findings reported in an article published in the September 2009 issue of the Journal of...

2009-09-24 09:51:00

Joan Teno to Receive NHPCO Distinguished Researcher Award ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 1,400 hospice and palliative care professionals and researchers have gathered in Denver for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's 10th Annual Clinical Team Conference that begins today at the Hyatt Regency Denver. The Clinical Team Conference offers more than 120 sessions reflecting the range of disciplines that are the foundation of hospice and...

2009-09-10 12:14:00

OIG Report Indicates Attention to Compliance Issues is Necessary ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General issued the final two reports in a series of four, which reviewed the hospice benefit for residents of nursing facilities. The report indicated that 82 percent of the 470 claims that were part of the study did not meet at least one Medicare coverage requirement for hospice services. Among...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'