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2018 Medicare Hospice Rates Increase, Regulatory Burdens Lessened

Not only did this year’s payment update rule include a 1.8% rate increase for 2019 Medicare hospice payments, centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) continued its work to reduce regulatory burdens on Medicare providers at the urging of advocacy groups like Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA).

January 8, 2019
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Education
POLST Legislation Gains Support, Poised for Passage in 2019-20

The Pennsylvania Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) is a tool for translating patients’ goals for treatment into medical orders at the end of life. However, legislation is needed to empower healthcare providers such as EMTs to recognize and honor a patient’s POLST when life-sustaining care is needed. Without “codifying” POLST in this way, the patient risks having his or her final wishes disregarded by caregivers or physicians, or changed at the last minute by concerned family members.

January 8, 2019
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Education
Legislation Permits Agencies to Dispose of Medications

Pennsylvania Homecare Association-Authored Legislation Permits Agencies to Dispose of Medications

January 8, 2019
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News
Maine voters reject Universal Home Care Program

Maine voters rejected higher state taxes that would have provided free long term home care and social services to those 65 and older, and to younger, disabled people.

November 20, 2018
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Grant
Hospice of the Sacred Heart Receives Grant

Hospice of the Sacred Heart received a $2,500 grant for 2019 Camp Healing heARTs

November 12, 2018
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Events
Annual Thanksgiving Program

2019 will mark the 13th annual Thanksgviing program at Hospice of the Sacred Heart

December 19, 2018
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