My Hospice: Helen’s Story

What My Hospice means is different to each individual and family we serve. For Helen, it meant being able to go to a “prom” with her boyfriend put on by the facility and her hospice team joined in. As Medicare’s first coordinated care model, we must protect the Medicare Hospice Benefit for patients like Helen and the volunteers…

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My Hospice: April’s Story

What My Hospice means is different to each individual and family we serve. For April McClure, it meant being able to help her mother find peace before she died. As Medicare’s first coordinated care model, we must protect the services provided for patients like April’s mother through the Medicare Hospice Benefit. In 2009, April McClure…

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My Hospice: Eliza’s Story

What My Hospice means is different to each individual and family we serve. For Eliza, it meant being able to recreate the prom she never got to experience in high school. As Medicare’s first coordinated care model, we must protect the Medicare Hospice Benefit so that patients like Eliza are able to continue to make special memories even…

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My Hospice Ambassador Spotlight: Natalie McNeal

What My Hospice means is different to each individual and family we serve. For My Hospice Ambassadors, like Natalie McNeal, it means acting as a leader in their state to support Medicare’s first coordinated care model and protect the Medicare Hospice Benefit. My Hospice Ambassadors are hospice and palliative care professionals with an interest in advocacy who…

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Senate Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Enhance Transparency and Oversight in Hospice

Today, Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) introduced the Hospice Care Improvement Act of 2019, a bipartisan bill that addresses hospice program integrity, transparency, and education. The legislation follows the release of the July 2019 Office of the Inspector General reports that cited hospice deficiencies and serious incidents of patient abuse.  NHPCO…

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My Hospice: Julie’s Story

What My Hospice means is different to each individual and family we serve. For Julie Hartman, a bereavement counselor with MultiCare Hospice, it means assisting families even after their loved one’s journey has ended. As Medicare’s first coordinated care model, we must protect the services provided for professionals like Julie and the families she helps…

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PCHETA Passes the House with Overwhelming Bipartisan Support

On Oct. 28, PCHETA – the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (H.R. 647) – passed in the House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support. PCHETA, introduced by Congressmen Eliot Engel (D-NY), Tom Reed (R-NY), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Buddy Carter (R-GA), Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Greg Walden (R-OR), will help to expand palliative…

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EXCITING NEWS – PCHETA PASSED THE HOUSE

So, we finally made it here! After months and months of action alerts, tweets and Facebook posts, letters to the editors, and op-eds urging Members of Congress to support the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act (PCHETA/H.R.647), the legislation passed the House unanimously via voice vote after having garnered 296 cosponsors! If enacted,…

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My Hospice Ambassador Spotlight: Emily Baehr

What My Hospice means is different to each individual and family we serve. For My Hospice Ambassadors, like Emily Baehr, it means acting as a leader in their state to support Medicare’s first coordinated care model and protect the Medicare Hospice Benefit. My Hospice Ambassadors are hospice and palliative care professionals with an interest in advocacy who…

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