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Latest National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Stories

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...

2009-07-16 11:22:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ensuring that one's healthcare wishes are known and will be honored in the event of a healthcare crisis is what advance care planning is all about. Today, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's Caring Connections, a leading provider of advance care planning information, and Google Health(TM) have come together to increase the availability and accessibility of advance care planning information and resources online....

2009-06-25 14:28:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An article appearing in the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (06/25/09) draws attention to hospice care in the U.S., the Medicare hospice benefit, growth in the field, and includes comments from recent MedPAC reports. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the oldest and largest non-profit organization representing hospice providers and professionals, would like to take this opportunity to restate beliefs...

2009-06-25 08:00:00

Cuts Beginning October 1 Will Reduce Access to Care for Dying Americans ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, 3,524 hospice providers from across the country sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to stop cuts to the Medicare hospice benefit beginning on October 1, 2009. The cuts threaten to jeopardize availability of the compassionate and high-quality care that 1.5 million patients and their family caregivers receive from hospice providers each year....

2009-05-07 13:37:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Minutes after Elizabeth Edwards was presented with NHPCO's Person of the Year Award, she took a moment at the podium to look at her notes as a shout came from the audience, "We love you!" A wide smile brightened her face as the audience of 1,600 broke out in spontaneous applause, filling the room with positive energy and optimism that was reinforced by Edwards' remarks. Edwards received NHPCO's Person of the Year Award in recognition of her...

2009-05-06 11:17:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization welcomes Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Her Senate confirmation on April 28, the day before President Obama's 100th day in office, was the final appointment to President's cabinet. "The appointment of Kathleen Sebelius puts a seasoned leader at the helm of HHS at a time when discussions of healthcare reform and efforts to make significant...

2009-05-05 08:30:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today marks the launch of the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA), a new global action network designed to focus exclusively on hospice and palliative care development worldwide. More than 100 million people and their families worldwide need palliative care and support each year; however, it is estimated that only seven per cent actually receive it. The need for palliative care is often greatest in low and middle income countries where...

2009-05-01 08:56:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the healthcare reform debate picking up pace in all corners of the country, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's board of directors issued a Healthcare Reform Resolution on April 21 that calls attention to critical factors which legislators, regulators, policy experts, and the administration should consider in U.S. healthcare reform proposals. Healthcare reform was the theme running through many of the...