CDC Clarifies Applicability of Opioid Prescribing Guidelines, Excepts End-of-Life and Palliative Care

The Centers for Disease Control has released a letter clarifying that its 2016 Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain was not intended to apply to cancer treatment, palliative care, or end of life care. Recent efforts by policymakers to stem the nationwide epidemic of opioid abuse  culminated in the enactment of the 2018 SUPPORT…

NAHC and Partners Launch Survey to Assess Interest in Palliative Care Specialty Training and Certification

The survey is available HERE. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) have developed the following brief survey for home health and hospice providers to gauge the degree of interest in pursuing palliative specialty training and/or certification in hospice and palliative…

NAHC and Partners Launch Survey to Assess Interest in Palliative Care Specialty Training and Certification

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), the Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) have developed the following brief survey for home health and hospice providers to gauge the degree of interest in pursuing palliative specialty training and/or certification in hospice and palliative care for…

State Health Policy Center Expands Resources on State Strategies to Address Palliative Care Access

As previously referenced in NAHC Report, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) has established a Resource Hub designed to assist states in advancing the development of palliative care.  More recently, NASHP has expanded the site to include two resources for use in this regard: Advancing Palliative Care for Adults with Serious Illness: A…

Where People Think About End of Life Issues the Most

Americans in the Midwest and Northeast think the most about end of life issues, while westerners appear to be less concerned, according to a new survey from Bestow, Inc., a life insurance company based in Dallas, Texas. Less than three in ten Americans have living wills and less than four in ten have some form…

Key Palliative Care Webinar about Patients Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid

A new webinar from the CMS Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office will share strategies for skillful communication, recognition, and response to needs of beneficiaries and their families throughout the course of serious illness, and engagement of palliative care consultants as an added layer of support. The webinar is called Palliative Care for Older Adults Dually Eligible for…

New National Guidelines Call for Improved Access to Vital Palliative Care

Many people living with a serious illness who are receiving treatment for their condition, whether heart failure, lung disease, cancer or another illness, don’t have access to palliative care, which can make all the difference in how they feel physically, emotionally and spiritually. New palliative care guidelines set out to improve access to this care,…

NASHP, Hartford Foundation Team Up to Support State Palliative Care Efforts

While Medicare and most Medicaid programs do not have formally-established palliative care benefits, many patients throughout the United States are able to secure some form of palliative care services through existing benefit structures, including through home health agencies, physician group practices, and hospital-based programs.  As interest in development of a more formalized structure for care…

Palliative Nursing Summit Advances Agenda in Priority Areas of Pain, Advance Care Planning

In May 2017, multiple stakeholders in palliative nursing joined forces to develop a collaborative framework for advancing a shared agenda relative to communication and advance care planning, pain and symptom management, and coordination/transitions of care.  Subsequent to that one-day meeting, the Palliative Nursing Summit (PNS) Steering Committee identified two priority areas for immediate action by…

NAHC to Congress: Fight Opioid Crisis without Limiting Access to Patients in Need

The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has joined with other groups in the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association in a letter to Congressional leaders, asking them to continue fighting the opioid crisis, but to do so in a way that does not limit access to painkillers for legitimate patients in need. In…