NewsLine - December 2010 - (Page 1)

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization December 2010 Inside And the Winner Is… In November NewsLine, members voted for their favorite “hospice quilt” from the 11 designs created by NHPCO for each National Hospice/Palliative Care Month since 2000. See page 2 for the winner. The Top 10 Survey Deficiencies Cited by CMS By Jennifer Kennedy, MA, BSN, RN New We Honor Veterans Website The centerpiece of the WHV national campaign is a beautiful new website. Take our brief tour—and learn how you can earn recognition for the work you do to serve Veterans. E ach year, the Survey and Certification Office in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) compiles and reports on the deficiencies cited by state surveyors during the hospice recertification process. While this information is always valuable to Medicare-certified providers, this year is the first year that deficiencies were based on non-compliance with the “new Hospice CoPs” that became effective on December 2, 2008— making it even more critical for every provider to sit up and take note. This article lists the top 10 deficiencies from this CMS report, and then addresses each of them one by one—noting the related CoP, actual examples from onsite surveys, and measures your organization should be taking to be better prepared when state surveyors come calling. continued on page 4 A Message from Don In the aftermath of the November elections, NHPCO president/CEO, Don Schumacher, discusses NHPCO’s hospice advocacy agenda. Charitable Gift Annuities Through NHF’s partnership program, more hospices can now take advantage of this fundraising tool. Learn more about it—and the helpful resources available on the NHF website. Educational Offerings NHPCO conferences, Webinars, E-OL courses and webcasts. Plus: Two Members Bring Their Expertise to Haiti State Licensing and Regulatory Resources Now Online Winning Entries from NHPCO’s 2010 Photo/Writing Contest

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

NewsLine - December 2010
Where Hospices are Falling Short
The Winning Quilt from Our Survey
A Message from Don
A Tour of the New We Honor Veterans Website
WHV Resources from Marketplace (display ad)
Experience the ACHC Difference (display ad)
Winning Entries from the 2010 Photo/Writing Contest
Two Members Bring Their Expertise to Haiti
State Licensing/Regulatory Resources
The Charitable Gift Annuity
Recruiting Problems? HMR (display ad)
NHPCO’s Upcoming Educational Offerings

NewsLine - December 2010