NewsLine - June 2011 - (Page 36)

Short Takes continued New Toolkit to Help Implement the Concurrent Care for Children Requirement When President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) into law on March 23, 2010, a great service was done for children under the age of 21 who have been diagnosed with a life-limiting illness. COLUMBIA DISTRICT OF PALLIATIVE PEDIATRIC BORATION CARE COLLA Inspired by the Vision of Carlos Gomez Carlos Gomez, MD, died tragically in June of 2010, but his passion, dedication, and tremendous skill as a practicing physician, educator, and champion of pediatric palliative care live on in such works as this. His commitment to improving the lives of critically ill children led to his co-founding of the District of Columbia Pediatric Palliative Care Collaboration. Through the work of DCPPCC, Gomez was responsible for initiating the policy changes that would allow terminally ill children in Washington, DC to receive hospice services while still seeking treatmentfocused care—the very goal of CCR. In recognition of his life’s work, the National Hospice Foundation honored Gomez with its Humanitarian Leadership Award at the NHF gala on April 8, 2011, which his mother and sister (shown below) accepted in his memory. re for Children Concurrent Ca n Toolkit Implementatio ction and Affordable Care Act nt Prote Section 2302 of the Patie Per the PPACA’s “Concurrent Care for Children Requirement,” if these children are eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program to receive hospice services, they may also receive all services related to the treatment of their life-limiting illness. In other words, they no longer have to make ‘that difficult choice.’ Now, a comprehensive toolkit developed by NHPCO and the District of Columbia Pediatric Palliative Care Collaboration (DCPPCC) can help providers understand and implement the Concurrent Care for Children Requirement (CCR). The 77-page toolkit helps providers understand what CCR is and is not; the impact of the requirement on state Medicaid programs; and the options available to states that are implementing the requirement. It also includes extensive appendices, with resources for parents, state-level advocacy, and much more. “It’s a comprehensive resource to guide providers, legislators and families to implement the provision as well as to strategize options for all children with serious illness,” notes Sarah Friebert, MD, director of the Haslinger Division of Pediatric Palliative Care at Akron Children’s Hospital. “It represents a tremendous step forward for children with life-threatening conditions.” To learn more or to download a free copy, visit pediatrics. In loving memo ry of Carlos F. Gome z, MD,PhD 36 NewsLine

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NewsLine - June 2011

Managing a Multigenerational Workforce
A Message From Don: Why a National Center?
We Earned Our Merit Badge in Value (display ad)
Do It Well, Make It Fun
Introducing NHPCO’s Custom Print (display ad)
Honorees from Quality on Display
Experience the ACHC Difference (display ad)
Personalize Your Outreach and Education (display ad)
The Pathways Counseling Center of Pathways Hospice
Voice of NCHPP: Integrating Touch Therapies into the CNA’s Practice
NCHPP CNA Section: Getting Involved
FEHC Data in New AHRQ Report
Michel’s Walkathon to Promote ‘Dying Well’
Become a WHV Partner
Get Hospice-specific Management Training Without Leaving Home
New Report on Importance of Consumer Engagement
Toolkit to Implement Concurrent Care for Children Requirement
Recruiting Problems? HMR (display ad)
Upcoming Educational Offerings
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NewsLine - June 2011