Hospice Quality Reporting Program Quarterly Update

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the quarterly Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Update for the first quarter of 2020.  This update reviews the HQRP reporting requirements and provides an update on the HOPE (Hospice Outcome and Patient Evaluation) instrument as well as links to HQRP information that was distributed during the…

NAHC Urges Permanent Medicare Flexibilities  for Use of Technology in Hospice

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish permanent flexibilities allowing hospices to utilize telecommunications to deliver multi-disciplinary, patient-centered care, and to ensure that such services can be recorded and monitored for their impact on quality of care. In a letter to…

Call for Proposals for Education at the 2020 Home Care and Hospice Conference & Expo

GO HERE to submit your proposals to present education at the big conference! The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is now accepting proposals to present new education at the 2020 Home Care and Hospice Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida from October 18-20. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 29, 2020. Education…

NAHC to NIH: Include our Palliative Care Recommendations in COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined like-minded organizations in the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care in writing a letter to the National Institutes of Health, urging that our expert palliative care content be included in COVID-19 treatment guidelines. NAHC applauds NIH’s timely development and dissemination of the National…

Congress Must Establish Supports for Frontline Caregivers in Home Care

TAKE ACTION NOW to protect and support frontline home care workers! The novel coronavirus COVID-19 has had a massive impact on the 12 million Americans who receive home care every year and the frontline health care workers who care for them. Home care is enormously popular (roughly 90 percent of Americans want to age in…

Reduce risk and eliminate threats at FMC 2020

2020 Financial Management Conference & Expo July 26-28, 2020 | Caesars Palace Las Vegas, NV REGISTER NOW Scrutiny from program integrity contractors can lead to disaster – massive fines, payment suspension, and worse. Identifying risk and removing threats before they become a problem is essential for the success of your business. Learn how to mitigate…

COVID-19 Nursing Home Facility Info for Home Health & Hospice

The Quality, Safety and Oversight (QSO) group of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a memo to nursing homes that is of interest to hospice and home health  providers.  Specifically, QSO-20-29-NH Interim Final Rule Updating Requirements for Notification of Confirmed and Suspected COVID-19 Cases Among Residents and Staff in Nursing Homes,…

NAHC Needs Hospice Input on Impact of COVID-19

TAKE THE SURVEY NOW! Your responses help our advocacy efforts In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, hospice providers have dealt with numerous operational challenges. The impact of the public health emergency has varied widely depending on the location and structure of the hospice program. While Congress and the Administration have responded with the creation of…

COVID-19 or Not, Caring Is What We Were Meant to Do

By Terry Ritter Terry Ritter is the Nurse Manager at Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice. Mount Evans provides individuals and their families in the mountain communities of Jefferson, Park, Clear Creek and Gilpin counties with compassion, comfort, healing, courage and hope during challenging times. At Mount Evans, we have 18 amazing nurses. They…

Nurses Week 2020: Why I Wanted to be a Nurse

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) loves nurses. We have nurses working here at NAHC HQ (Executive VP Andrea Devoti and Vice President for Regulatory Affairs Mary Carr) and nurses have been central to our mission from the very beginning. Our conferences are full of nurses every year and we count many…