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2016 Leap Year Face-to- Face Encounter Calendar

2016 is a leap year, and to help hospices stay on top of face-to-face encounters CGS has developed a Face-to-Face encounter calendar.

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CMS issues Change Request 9385

CMS recently issue CR-9385 (PDF), “Processing Hospice Denials When Face-to-Face Encounter is Not Received Timely.”

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Hospice Diagnosis Order

For service dates of October 1, 2015 and going forward into 2016, all hospice diagnoses (related & unrelated) must be entered on the hospice claim form; this is a provision in the FY2016 Final Hospice Wage Index rule.

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Book Review: Stephen Kiernan's The Hummingbird

Stephen Kiernan's The Hummingbird follows seasoned hospice nurse, Deborah Birch, as she cares for a retired professor and as she tries to help her husband re-acclimate after 3 tours served in Iraq. The book is a moving portrayal of the hard work and touching relationships formed by a patient and a hospice care worker at the end of life. Throughout the story, Deborah and her patient teach each other about forgiveness and helping the people in their lives heal. 

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Study Concludes Pharmacists Help Can Improve Palliative Care

A new study concludes that the inclusion of pharmacists on palliative care teams can reduce pain and save money. "The study shows the value of a collaborative approach in caring for patients at the end of life," said Dharma Naidu, PharmD, from the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in California.

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