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2017 National Data Set Now Open We appreciate your organization’s participation in the National Data Set (NDS). In recent years as public reporting requirements increased, participation in the NDS decreased. As a result, we sought feedback from members to understand the value of the NDS and to help inform our decision-making moving forward. Based on member feedback, the National Data Set collection is being re-imagined to make it easier for providers to participate. Here are some key points: The 2017 National Data Set is now open! Please visit the NDS page for the PDF of the survey to use as a worksheet before you submit data online. We reduced ...
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Virtual Hill Week Is Going On Now!   Click here to enter the Virtual Hill Week Website and Advocacy Module .   Please set aside a few minutes this week to ask Members of Congress to cosponsor the Rural Access to Hospice Act . We have an Advocacy Module already created to help you make phone calls, send emails, post on social media, and send letters to the editor. You choose what method works best for you!   Everyone is encouraged to participate: hospice staff, caregivers, family members, patients, supporters, and community members.    Do your part this week to advocate on behalf of patients ...
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Check out NHPCO's November Regulatory Round Up here: https://www.nhpco.org/sites/default/files/public/regulatory/Regulatory_Round-Up_Nov_2017.pdf
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November News Update

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National Hospice and Palliative Care Month has come to a close, and thank you to everyone who participated in Social Media Day and other outreach events throughout the month. Our official month may be ending, but see below for a quick recap of everything that has happened over the past few weeks:    Regulatory Update: ·       Coalition Responds to CMS Request for Information ·       Hospice Compare Search Function Update   NHPCO Around Town : NHPCO CEO Speaks at National Academy Roundtable Hospice on the Radio!   Good Reads Hospices Honor Veterans Across the Country Meeting the Needs of our Nation’s ...
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Does your hospice use STAR? Employees play a fundamental role in the success of any organization and astute administrators recognize the value in a stable and committed workforce. Research has shown that employees who have higher job satisfaction care about the quality of their work, have higher retention rates, are more productive, and more committed to the organization. Other sectors of the healthcare industry use job satisfaction surveys tailored to their specific health care environment. STAR is the first and only staff satisfaction survey that reflects the unique needs and work environment of hospice care delivery. Utilization of STAR is a benefit ...
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Some deaths are more complicated than others..." writes a hospice professional who shares two personal experiences at the end of life and lessons learned. Hospice cares for the whole person, addressing all aspects and challenges that come with a terminal diagnoses. This is the cornerstone of hospice care. While those who work in the field help each patient die peacefully, we must acknowledge that there are in fact both “good” and “bad” deaths. In truth, providing hospice care can be very challenging. As I reflect back on my own personal experiences with hospice, I can now see these differences and have recognized just how complicated dying can be. ...
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