Newsline - March 2011 - (Page 1)

The Monthly Membership Publication of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization March 2011 No Longer a One-Size-Fits-All Approach Later this month, NHPCO will be releasing the eagerly awaited update to its staffing ratio recommendations—but it is far more than just an ‘update.’ The new document, “Staffing Guidelines for Hospice Home Care Teams,” will help each hospice determine its unique staffing requirements, based on its model of delivery, patient characteristics and environmental considerations. In this article, Tara Brodbeck, the president/CEO of Hospice of the Miami Valley and the co-chair of the Task Force charged with developing the new Guidelines, talks about the tool, including why a new approach was taken, the member feedback from field testing, and suggestions on using it. NHPCO’s New Staffing Guidelines: By Tara Brodbeck, MS, RN, CHPN n 2008, as the NHPCO Quality and Standards Committee began revising the Standards of Practice for Hospice Care to incorporate the new Hospice CoPs, we knew it was also time to take on the challenging task of revising the staffing ratio recommendations in NHPCO’s “Hospice Services Guidelines and Definitions” (which had been produced back in 1994!). As soon as the project was added to our committee agenda, questions and comments began pouring in from members across the country. It seemed that many had strong ideas about the topic and what the revision should address. Here’s a sampling of the initial feedback we received: continued on next page I Inside A Message From Don NHPCO president/CEO, Don Schumacher, talks about the new series, “NHPCO Executive Conversations” and why it’s so important now. Short Takes: • • • • • • • Capitol Hill Day 2011 A preview of the April 5-6 agenda and why all members should attend. The Voice of NCHPP In this monthly feature, we shine the light on the work of NCHPP and each of its 15 professional sections. This month the QAPI Section is spotlighted, with an article by Ellen Martin. Results from the Education Needs Assessment VA Reaching Out Grant Recipients New NHDD Website JPSM Call for Papers Resources for Your Social Work Staff CE/CME Training through NHPCO Webinars New Volunteer Outreach Materials. Plus: People and Places News about NHPCO members. New—Hospice in the Continuum: This month’s feature spotlights PACE at Midland Care in Topeka, KS. Educational Offerings NHPCO conferences, Webinars, webcasts and E-OL courses.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Newsline - March 2011

Newsline - March 2011
NHPCO’s New Staffing Guidelines
A Message From Don
Recruiting Problems? HMR (display ad)
Hospice in the Continuum: PACE at Midland Care
Capitol Hill Day 2011
Short Takes
Feedback from NHPCO’s Education Needs Assessment
2011 Reaching Out Grant Recipients
National Healthcare Decisions Day Website
JPSM Call for Papers
CE/CME Training Through NHPCO Webinars
Social Work Resource Recommendations
New Volunteer Outreach Materials Now Online
Volunteer Recognition Gift Ideas (display ad)
The Voice of NCHPP
A Nurse and Chaplain Connect
NCHPP QAPI Section Monthly Chats
Replicate Excellence: MVI (display ad)
Education Opportunities through NFDA (display ad)
Members in the News
Hospice Executive Scholarship Program (display ad)
Upcoming Educational Offerings

Newsline - March 2011