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National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization November 2010 Inside New Facts and Figures on Hospice Care in America 2010-11 Outreach Materials Every year, NHPCO expands the collection of outreach materials available to members. Take a closer look at these free resources—and see how they can be used in other materials you may be developing. A Message From Don November is a time for both awareness and celebration. NHPCO president/CEO, Don Schumacher, reflects on some of the highpoints from his perspective. N HPCO has just released the 2010 edition of NHPCO Facts and Figures: Hospice Care in America. Through an easy-to-read narrative that is written for the ‘nonhospice’ reader—along with 20 supporting charts and tables— this 15-page report offers a nationallevel snapshot of hospice utilization, patient and provider demographics, and payer sources for 2009. Findings from the report are based on data from NHPCO’s annual survey, the National Data Set (NDS), and NHPCO membership data. Secondary sources include Medicare Provider of Services certification data, Medicare hospice cost report data, state-mandated data submissions and state association membership surveys. Many members use the report’s findings in both their community and advocacy outreach, but the findings have also become a valued resource for members of the media, hospice advocates, and government agencies, such as CMS. For example, the 2009 edition has been accessed from the NHPCO website more than 76,000 times. The 2010 edition is now posted on the NHPCO website. Beginning on page 4, we highlight some of the key findings…. continued on page 4 Volunteer Award Winners NHPCO’s “Volunteers are the Foundation of Hospice” awards recognize those who’ve made significant contributions in patient care, organizational support and teen service. Learn more about the 2010 honorees. Become a Hospice Advocacy Local Leader Following the elections, the NHPCO HAN staff will be hard at work on two fronts. Learn more about the role of local leaders in supporting HAN’s efforts—and how you can help. Plus: NHPCO Board Elections Now Under Way People and Places News about NHPCO members Educational Offerings NHPCO conferences, Webinars, webcasts and E-OL courses FHSSA Newsletter

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NewsLine - November 2010

New Facts and Figures on Hospice Care
A Little Refresher on the Hospice Quilt
A Message from Don
Free Tools for Your Community Outreach
Honoring Exemplary Hospice Volunteers
People and Places
Experience the ACHC Difference (display ad)
Join the Ranks of Hospice Advocacy Local Leaders
Board of Directors Election Under Way
Recruiting Problems? HMR (display ad)
Essential Guide to Hospice Management (display ad)
NHPCO's Upcoming Educational Offerings
NHPCO and the VA Launch We Honor Veterans
FHSSA Quarterly Newsletter

NewsLine - November 2010