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NAHC Report: Issue# 2533, 10/22/2014
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CMS Releases List of Approved CAHPS Vendors
Approved list updates preliminary list that was posted in September

CMS has posted the list of approved hospice CAHPS vendors to its website. A preliminary approved list was posted earlier in the year.  In order to be approved to administer the CAHPS Hospice Survey by CMS, the listed organizations had to meet the CAHPS Hospice Survey requirements.

The final list is located here.

Additionally, two more information pieces of information relative to Hospice CAHPS -- updates to the Q & A and some technical corrections and clarifications to the quality assurance guidelines document that was previously posted – are also now available. 

These resources are available online here

The Hospice Payment Final Rule reminds hospices that national implementation of the hospice CAHPS survey begins January 1, 2015. Hospices must participate for at least 1 month during first quarter of 2015 and begin continuous monthly participation April 1. 

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Speaker Summaries from NAHC’s Annual Meeting and Exposition

NAHC’s Annual Meeting and Exposition got underway earlier this week. The General Sessions included speakers that educated, inspired and informed attendees. Below are summaries for the presentations of the General Session speakers.

Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords

The first General Session was kicked off by Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly. Kelly spoke about the couple’s love story, sharing how he and Gabby met, and giving attendees a glimpse of their lives together. He spoke about his wife’s gunshot injury and explained that throughout the healing process and despite all of her challenges, Gabby always focuses on the positive. Kelly also shared his insights on leadership, communication and teamwork, highlighting the lessons learned through his experiences both as a navy fighter pilot and astronaut. Following his remarks, Kelly invited Gabby Giffords on stage. She told the audience that she is getting better and thanked them for having her.

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Center to Advance Palliative Care Offers Free Webinar on Leveraging the New IOM Report

Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 1:30-2:30 PM ET 

Register Now! 

Featured Presenter:

Diane E. Meier, MD, FACP
Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care

Co-Director Patty and Jay Baker National Palliative Care Center  
Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

About the Web Conference

In this FREE event, Dr. Meier will discuss the Institute of Medicine's latest report in depth as well as ask participants to weigh in on how best to leverage its recommendations. The report - released on September 17, 2014 - focuses extensively on people with serious and chronic illness of indeterminate prognoses and why the current health care system has largely failed to meet their needs.Dr. Meier was a member of the panel responsible for the report. She recently released a message to the field on its significance and what it means for the future of palliative care.  

You will learn to:

  • Identify the key IOM report recommendations
  • Leverage the report recommendations to make an effective case for local change in care of the seriously ill
  • Understand the relationship between prognosis and healthcare spending (not what you think!)
  • Access ideas from the field on how best to implement report recommendations

Who Should Attend:

  • Palliative care and hospice clinicians
  • Palliative care and hospice leadership
  • Health system leadership
  • ACO leadership
  • Clinicians caring for high risk populations including dementia, frailty, multimorbidity, organ system failure, and cancer Home care leaders Long term care leaders

Call Details

  • $0 per registered participant, which includes post event recording download
  • Continuing education credits are not offered for web conferences
  • Web conference event which requires live internet access. Audio portion may be accessed through toll line or through VOIP (computer speakers and/or headset/microphone).
  • PowerPoint presentations accompany each event
  • You will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with the presenters
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