NewsLine - April 2013 - (Page Intro)

ON OUR COVER: PLUS: Fraud and Abuse These days we are hearing a great deal about audits, edits, and fraud and abuse. So why is this happening? And what, as hospice professionals, do you need to know and do? NHPCO’s Judi Lund Person shares valuable guidance, along with an interesting look at the national landscape. New Research Validates That Hospice Saves Medicare Big Dollars A new study in the March issue of Health Affairs provides further proof that hospice provides highquality care at a significant savings to Medicare. NewsLine summarizes the key findings and the ways in which NHPCO and the Hospice Action Network are sharing this important research on Capitol Hill. Short Takes • Do Your Colleagues  Know They’re NHPCO Members Too? Honoring Our Four-Legged Hospice Volunteers •  2R: Helping R Hospice Staff Raise Needed Funds Hospice care would not be hospice care without our dedicated volunteer workforce—one that includes the Golden Retrievers, the Chihuahuas, and countless other breeds that warm our hearts and bring patients and families tremendous joy. Watch our pictorial slideshow that honors them! Creating a Volunteer-Inclusive Culture Volunteers often don’t work “normal” hours, aren’t usually present at team meetings, and don’t generally have corporate email accounts. On the other hand, they often have the same things expected of them as paid staff. So how do we make them feel truly valued? Two members of the NCHPP Volunteer/Volunteer Management Steering Committee offer some excellent tips. •  ew Lighthouse of N Hope Fund •  Great Resource A for Your Referral Partners A Message From Don Member News and Notes Compliance Tip Videos Worth Watching National Volunteer Week is April 21–27! Watch Our Special Slideshow Featuring Photos From NHPCO Members

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NewsLine - April 2013

New Research Validates That Hospice Saves Medicare Big Dollars
A Message From Don
NHPCO HAN’s Advocacy Strategy for the Hill
Simione Consulting (display ad)
Hospice Education Network (display ad)
Fraud and Abuse
Make an Impact: African PC Nursing Scholarship Fund (display ad)
Honoring Our Four-Legged Volunteers
Creating a Volunteer-Inclusive Culture
Do Your Colleagues Know They’re NHPCO Members Too?
New—Lighthouse of Hope Fund
R2R: Helping Hospice Staff Raise Needed Funds
A Great Resource for Your Referral Partners
Revised State Hospice Profiles (display ad)
NHPCO’s HPC Professional Scholarship Program (display ad)
Member News and Notes
Compliance Tip of the Month
Videos Worth Watching

NewsLine - April 2013