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National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Hospices Are Among America’s Most Important Care Providers

BY EDO BANACH, JD | President and CEO, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Within the hospice community, we have a shared vision of bringing the best that humankind can offer to all those individuals facing serious, advanced and life-limiting illness. Choosing to elect hospice care is an important decision that can greatly benefit patients with life-limiting […]

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Comfort Care For Patients Continuing Curative Treatments Becomes Reality

BY DANIEL GAITAN | Some seriously ill patients struggling with pain and anxiety will soon have the option of receiving comfort care and symptom management alongside curative treatments. The Medicare Care Choices Model, recently announced by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burrell, aims to help enhance patient autonomy at the end of life and provide a more holistic […]

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Children Benefit From Palliative Medicine: NHPCO Report

Palliative medicine isn’t only for adults. Millions of American children facing chronic and complex diseases could benefit from palliative medicine and have a better quality of life, according to a new study from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. The 11-page report, “NHPCO Facts and Figures: Pediatric Palliative and Hospice Care in America,” aims to help palliative […]

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After 30 Years, Changes To Medicare Reimbursement Of Hospice Care

A new payment system would change the way hospice providers are reimbursed for care provided to dying patients. The payment system, proposed in May by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), would establish a two-tiered payment model for patients receiving the routine home level of hospice care, based on length of stay. It is scheduled […]

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