NewsLine - September 2012 - (Page Intro)

ON OUR COVER: A Hospice Provider’s Guide to Live Discharges A patient may be discharged from hospice for any number of reasons. This month, NHPCO’s Jennifer Kennedy, MA, BSN, RN, reviews the allowable reasons per the Medicare Hospice Benefit— and what hospices are required or advised to do when such action is needed. PLUS: Handling the Complex Issue of Discharge for Cause When extraordinary circumstances impact a hospice’s ability to provide safe and effective care, the hospice may be compelled, as a last resort, to discharge a patient for cause. Ellen Green, LCSW, the senior director of counseling services for Hosparus, provides guidance on how to behave and respond skillfully, fairly and ethically. HMD Certification A certification program is now being developed to help increase competencies and strengthen the knowledge base of hospice medical directors―and should be ready to accept applications from physicians in late 2013. NCHPP Physician Section leader, Daniel Maison, MD, FAAHPM, explains. Short Takes: What Do You Do When…? • Tips and Resources to Honor Veterans • University of PA Health System’s CLAIM Program The University of Pennsylvania Health System has received $4.3 million from the CMS Innovation Center to test its Comprehensive Longitudinal Advanced Illness Management program. “The program will be based at PennWissahickon Hospice and is an outgrowth of some of our efforts to reach patients for whom hospice is not yet appropriate,” says David Casarett, MD, MA. In this Q&A, Dr. Casarett provides details about the initiative, including some of the research that informed its development. A Message From Don on the New Quality Reporting Requirements Member News and Notes Compliance Tip of the Month Videos Worth Watching

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

A Provider’s Guide to Live Discharges
A Message From Don
Handling Discharge for Cause
University of PA Health System’s CLAIM Program
Are You Offering a Non-hospice Service?
The Voice of NCHPP
Hospice Medical Director Certification
My.NHPCO: A Great Resource for Hospice Physicians
What Do You Do When…?
Honoring Veterans
Simione: Solving Your Hospice Challenges (display ad)
Member News and Notes
Compliance Tip of the Month
CTC 2012 (display ad)
Resource Links to Bookmark
Videos Worth Watching

NewsLine - September 2012