NewsLine - July 2012 - (Page 34)

Member News and Notes Delegation From Japan’s Ministry of Health Meets With Evercare Representatives from Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare recently visited the Evercare office in Elkridge, MD, to learn more about the Advanced Nurse Practitioner Model. Given Japan’s aging population and rapidly changing healthcare needs, these representatives are looking to adopt this model in their country. The delegation was particularly interested in Evercare’s nurse practitioner program, where NPs with advanced training provide care coordination for residents in skilled nursing facilities. Beth Whiteford, an Evercare nurse practitioner, with Japanese Ministry of Health representatives during the site tour. Meridian Health to Conduct CMS Demonstration Project CMS’s Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation recently awarded the New Jersey-based healthcare organization, Meridian Health, with a multi-year demonstration project to determine the positive effects of an expanded and fully integrated palliative care program on patients and families facing serious and advanced chronic disease. The demonstration project will focus on patients, 65 years or older, with advanced cardiac disease, endstage renal disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, metastatic cancer, advanced forms of liver disease, dementia, stroke or any combination of these conditions. The goal is to improve the care provided to these patients through coordinated pain and symptom management, patient education, specialist consultation and home care services. NHPCO member, Meridian Health, is the largest healthcare provider in New Jersey’s Ocean and Monmouth counties, and serves 43 percent of the region’s Medicare population. Florida Hospices and Palliative Care Announces New Name and Website Last April, Florida Hospices and Palliative Care (Tallahassee, FL) announced its new name—Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association (FHPCA)—and new website! Hospice education and advocacy are the main drivers of FHPCA’s continued growth and the organization has put forth great effort to clarify that hospice is not just about dying, but about living. “Our goal with this new site,” says Executive Director Paul Ledford, “is to continue to speak to that fact, and to show the public that hospice is a wonderful option for those at the end of their life.” 34 NewsLine

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NewsLine - July 2012

Improving Physician Narratives
A Message From Don
NHPCO Resources for Physicians
When Life Gets Serious…Glatfelter Healthcare Practice (display ad)
Simione: Solving Your Hospice Challenges (display ad)
A Study in Green Building
The Steward Center for Palliative Care
The Voice of NCHPP
The Changing Role of CT
My.NHPCO—a Great Resource for Allied Therapists
Physician Guide to Hospice Care (display ad)
Ethical Issues: Tools to Support Your Practice
Results From 2012 NHDD
2013 Circle of Life Award Nominations
New (and Free) Resources From WHV
Exploring PC Support in Our Schools
Hospice in the Media
Member News and Notes
Compliance Tip of the Month
2012 CTC (display ad)
Resource Links to Bookmark
Videos Worth Watching

NewsLine - July 2012