Hospice News Update for February 16, 2022

NAHC’s  is devoted to smaller (though, not less important) items of interest to the hospice & palliative care community. Please read on…

CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES

CENTERS for DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION

NATIONAL QUALITY FORUM

  • NQF’s Geriatrics and Palliative Care Standing Committee holding a public measure evaluation meeting this Friday (2/18) at 10am ET
    • This important meeting will focus on committee review of three measures important to the hospice and palliative care field:
      • Hospice Visits in the Last Days of Life
      • Ambulatory Palliative Care Patients’ Experience of Feeling Heard and Understood
      • Ambulatory Palliative Care Patients’ Experience of Receiving Desired Help for Pain
    • Registration info not yet posted but NQF staffer told me it would be early this week

FROM THE HILL

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Hospice & Palliative Care News Update for February 9, 2022

NAHC’s  is devoted to smaller (though, not less important) items of interest to the hospice & palliative care community. Please read on…

1.NEW INFORMATION

2. FROM THE HILL

  • Congressional leaders are set this week to pass a short-term government funding patch to keep federal dollars flowing until March 11, 2022. This will give Capitol Hill leadership and appropriators an additional few weeks to negotiate and finalize a new, FY2022 omnibus funding package, made up of 12 different spending bills that cover almost all defense and non-defense federal programs.
  • NAHC will continue to advocate for inclusion in the broad spending bill provisions important to hospice providers. Notably, we are pushing for an extension of relief from the Medicare sequestration payment cuts, reductions that would severely hamper hospice and palliative care providers’ ability to seamlessly serve patients and families amidst the ongoing PHE.
  • NAHC is also advocating for an extension of certain telehealth-related flexibilities, including those impacting hospice. Major congressional momentum is building to avoid the so-called “telehealth cliff” that would occur when COVID-related telehealth policies expire with the end of the PHE. The flexibility to use telehealth for hospice recertifications and certain kinds of routine home care services has been critical for many hospices during the pandemic. As part of the wider push to keep the huge range of telehealth allowances in place for at least a few more years, we will work to ensure that those that have supported hospices are included.

Hospice & Palliative Care News Update for February 2, 2022

NAHC’s Hospice & Palliative Care News Update is devoted to smaller (though, not less important) items of interest to the hospice & palliative care community. Please read on…

1.Congressional letter (led by Rep. Blumenauer) to DEA about psychedelic therapy for terminal patients under Right to Try: https://blumenauer.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/blumenauer-leads-charge-protect-terminally-ill-patients-freedom-choose

2. CMS Innovation Center (CMMI) Listening Session: Incorporating Beneficiary Perspectives into Model Testing, Implementation, and Evaluation:

3. Social worker program/scholarship application opportunity: https://www.swhpn.org/espec

4. MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative (MJHS Institute) is launching a new training program, Educating Social Workers in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (ESPEC); A limited number of scholarships, covering a 1-year membership in National Assn of Social Workers (NASW) and the ESPEC registration fee (a value of $500), including coursework yielding 14.5 Social Work Continuing Education Units (CEUs), are available through the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN) for ESPEC Trainers.

  • Apps for scholarship due Feb 11. 2022

5. CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care updates its palliative care certificate course for RNs for 2022: https://csupalliativecare.org/courses/nursing-professionals/rncertificate/

  • Updates for 2022 include: Updated content to reflect regulatory updates from CMS; new downloadable toolkits; New optional “live” sessions by Zoom with instructor, fellow students for Q&A, discussion, and feedback

6. 1/27/22 MedCity News op-ed piece on pall care written by Dr. John Mulder (NAHC member and member of Hospice Council): Palliative care: An essential resource in caring for those with advanced illness

7. Dole Foundation caregiver fellowship application opportunity: https://www.elizabethdolefoundation.org/fellows/

  • For military/veteran caregivers; fellowship provides fellows “support, training, and a platform to address the issues impacting the community
  • Apps due March 1, 2022