Radio Tour

On Monday, NHPCO President and CEO, Edo Banach, was featured on 14 different radio stations across the country to promote National Hospice and Palliative Care Month and spread the word about the importance of hospice and palliative care in our communities.

“Hospice is not about giving up, the focus here is on the quality of life… and maintaining that quality of life as long as possible” Mr. Banach said during an interview broadcasted by CMU Public Radio, a station based in Central Michigan. The goal of hospice care is to ease the dying process, and many assume that hospice care rushes it. These interviews were a great way to reiterate one of the missions of hospice care to a community of listeners who may not know of its benefits.

In addition to dispelling some misconceptions about hospice, Mr. Banach addressed advance care planning, how to discuss the subject of end-of-life with family members, and how hospices can help families dealing with grief during the holidays.

When asked how to bring up the tough subject of end-of-life during his interview with Lousiana Network Radio, Mr. Banach said “talk not necessarily about the end of life, but talk about what people’s wishes are.”  Patients should receive the quality care that they want, and having this conversation when a lot of family members are present could ensure that their wishes are heard and met.

We are happy that Mr. Banach was able to share more information about hospice and palliative care with such a large audience and we hope that you will continue to spread the message as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month comes to a close.

Listen to Mr. Banach’s interviews with CMU Public Radio and Louisiana Network Radio below and keep your ears open and let us know if you hear Mr. Banach on a radio near you!

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Support your Local Hospices on #SmallBusinessSaturday!

The Saturday after Thanksgiving is known as #SmallBusinessSaturday, where people are urged to support their local businesses.  How is this relevant to you? Well, some hospices have arrangements with local stores, or may even have shops of their own, the proceeds of which go to support the hospice. Many hospices are non-profit entities, and support from the local community is crucial to their existence.

So on this #SmallBusinessSaturday, we encourage you to support your local hospice store, or find out if they have any fundraising arrangements with local partners. Some of these arrangements may even be online, through the AmazonSmile program (though that is more relevant for a #CyberMonday post). Regardless, as we enter the holiday season, think about supporting your local hospice programs.  Whether you offer support through monetary donations on #GivingTuesday, volunteer hours, or just dropping off some home-cooked food for the staff – trust and believe it will be meaningful!

Are You Working on Thanksgiving???

Happy Thanksgiving!

Are you working today? If so, WE APPRECIATE YOU! In celebration of Thanksgiving and National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, we would like to show how truly THANKFUL we are for all of the dedicated hospice and palliative care providers who are delivering care to those facing the end of life over the holidays. You’re the heart of hospice!

With that being said, today we would like to brag about you. If you’re on Twitter, take a selfie and tag it with the #HospiceMonth. We’ll retweet you to show America that hospice is always there to help patients and their families – especially on the holidays!

Please include your profession, your state, and the program you work for. Remember when you post your photo, it will be shared publicly, so be respectful of HIPAA- no patients! Pics of you in your car, or at your desk, or with your fellow workers are all perfect. Are you trudging through the snow or rain? Show us! Are you on the subway or bus on your way to see patients? We wanna know!

Here is an example picture and post (and now you know what Lauren’s desk looks like!):

“Hi everyone, this is me, hard at work as the Advocacy & State Relations Manager at the Hospice Action Network in Alexandria, VA,  on #Thanksgiving, bc #hospice is always there! #HospiceMonth #hpm

Again, thanks for your wonderful work and dedication- we hope someone somewhere is saving you a plate of turkey! Gobble Gobble.

The Latest Children’s Project on Palliative/Hospice Services e-Journal is out!

Check out the November 2017 edition of the ChiPPS E-journal. 

This edition of our E-Journal offers a collection of articles that explore selected issues related to perinatal and neonatal palliative/hospice care of children and their families. We recognize that offering care at these early points in life is an important aspect of pediatric palliative/hospice services. As well, we appreciate that such care is offered in many different ways. A single issue on this subject will not do full justice to this subject area. Still, we were a bit surprised to receive a larger-than-ordinary collection of contributions for this issue. Consequently, we hope that the articles in this issue will spur increased awareness and discussion of these subjects. We welcome communications from anyone who has more to offer on these subjects.

This E-Journal is produced by ChiPPS (the Children’s Project on Palliative/Hospice Services), a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and, in particular, by NHPCO’s E-Journal Work Group, co-chaired by Christy Torkildson and Ann Fitzsimons. Archived issues of this publication are available at
Comments about the activities of ChiPPS, its E-Journal Work Group, or this issue are welcomed. We also encourage readers to suggest topics, contributors, and specific ideas for future issues. Please contact Christy Torkildson at or Ann Fitzsimons at

If you are not on the ChiPPS E-Journal email distribution list and wish to join, here’s all you need to do:

  • NHPCO members please fill out this form or call 1-800-646-6460.
  • Those who are not NHPCO members, please fill out this form.

CMS Hospice Compare Data Refresh Delayed

CMS has announced that the Hospice Compare Refresh scheduled for November 21, 2017 has been delayed.  CMS will inform the provider community when the new refresh date is determined.

  • The delay does not impact the November 15, 2017 freeze date for HIS data.
  • HIS Provider Preview Reports  will still be available starting  December 1, 2017.  Hospices have 30 days to review their HIS quality measure results and submit a request to CMS for review of the calculations if a hospice believes the results are in error.

NHPCO Members can email with any additional questions.