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The Joint Commission Announces New Certification for Palliative Care

The Joint Commission is offering a new Community-Based Palliative Care (CBPC) certification option for home health & hospices that will launch July 1, 2016. Community-Based Palliative Care (CBPC) Certification will recognize home health and hospice organizations that provide top caliber, community-based palliative care to patients and families in their home (primary place of residence).

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CMS Issues Change Request 9575

CMS has issued CR-9575 - Making Principal Diagnosis Codes Mandatory for Notice of Elections to be Accepted. The implementation date for this change is October 3, 2016.

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New Podcast Series Discusses Dying In America

A new podcast series, Dying in America: Conversations About Care at the End of Life, will focus on various aspects of end of life care from the perspective of experts in the field. The program is sponsored by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and is produced by ReachMD. The series is based on the 2015 Institute of Medicine report Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life.


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Meditation and Mindfulness Shown to Reduce Burnout

Meditation and mindfulness have been shown to reduce burnouts among clinicains and studies are beginning to pay more attention to the benefits of meditation and mindfulness for physicians. 


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Would Your Hospice Benefit From an Autobiographer?

In the United Kingdom, autobiographer Barbara Altounyan is looking at setting up a charity that puts autobiographers and journalists in end of life care facilities a couple times a month. Altounyan is asking the hospice community if they feel this is a useful and meaningful idea. 

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