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Governor Rick Scott Signs Hospice Month Proclamation

November 2018 Edition

Governor Rick Scott and FHPCA Recognize November as Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Month

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Governor Rick Scott has declared November as Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Last year, more than 137,351 patients received hospice care throughout Florida. Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association is pleased to join hospice providers across the state in recognizing November as Florida Hospice Month. In 2016, FHPCA launched the "Let Hospice Help" initiative to encourage Floridians to learn about hospice services and plan ahead for end-of-life medical care.

"FHPCA launched the Let Hospice Help initiative to help the public understand the valuable services available to them through their local hospice," said Paul A. Ledford, President & CEO of Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association. "This November we want to raise awareness that hospices around Florida are here to help. It is very rewarding to see patients and families find the comfort and care they need."

Click HERE to read Governor Rick Scott's proclamation.



Click on the Gallary Images Below to learn more about Florida Lawmakers who are Champions of Hospice

PRESS PLAY: You can view and share our Hospice and Palliative Care Month announcement video on Facebook.  Keep up with us and hospice providers nationally by using the #HospiceMonth, #MyHospice, #LetHospice Help social tags.

Member News

Big Bend Hospice
Big Bend Hospice Celebrates With the Tale of a Life Joyfully Concluded 

In honor of National Hospice Month, Big Bed Hospice’s 35th Anniversary and the 20th Anniversary of Aging with Dignity (Five Wishes) invite you to 
Driving Miss Norma.

“In Gadsden County, Big Bend Hospice has utilized funds donated to their Patient Special Needs Fund to provide food, water, and other necessities to patients and their caregivers.”

Community Hospice & Palliative Care
Nocatee man warms hearts with handmade donations to kids in hospice care

Compassionate Care Hospice
Amedisys Buys Compassionate Care for $340M, Will Become Third-Largest US Hospice Provider

Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care 
Dozens of Cornerstone supporters donned their best tropical wear and enjoyed frozen margaritas to support the organization’s newest hospice unit in Ocoee. 

Florida Hospital
Golf Tournament Raises Nearly $30,000 for to Benefit the Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House

Hope Healthcare
Hospice executive elected to national organization leadership role 

Hospice of Marion County
Dealing with Loss: Dr. travels to teach healthy grieving

Hospice of Marion County’s Philanthropy Director Earns Certified Fund Raising Executive Credential

Tidewell Hospice
New Tidewell Hospice executive sets priorities in Lakewood Ranch

Tidewell Hospice thanks its top donors

Treasure Coast Hospice
Treasure Coast Hospice arranges surprise visit from Healing Hoofs Therapy Horses 



Acclivity Health Solutions
John Mulder, MD Joins Acclivity Health Solutions’ Board of Directors

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National News

Nearly half of hospices surveyed might not survive a federal audit

A significant number of hospice providers wouldn’t survive an audit, according to a new survey. Nearly half (46%) of 174 hospice agencies surveyed by Optima Healthcare Solutions said they aren’t confident that they could sustain the financial impact of a federal audit. The proper technology and infrastructure to manage their clinical documentation was at the core of their concerns. Ninety-four percent said their clinical documentation system or process needed at least some improvement. 

New National Guidelines Seek to Improve Access to Palliative Care for People Living with Serious Illness
New national palliative care clinical practice guidelines seek to ensure the millions of people living with serious illness, such as heart failure, lung disease
and cancer, have access to vital care that can help meet their needs.

Secrets for Striking Successful Relationships Between Hospice Providers, SNFs 
For hospice providers, a skilled nursing facility (SNF) can be a reservoir of possible patients and a potential boost to business. Managing those working relationships, though, can often be complicated, messy and filled with challenges. Hospice legal experts, association officials
and executives discussed the secrets to maintaining successful relationships between SNFs and hospices during an Oct. 8 presentation at the National Association for Home Care & Hospice’s annual leadership conference in Dallas.

Post-acute care providers, 2018
A list of the nation’s 26 largest post-acute-care companies, ranked by 2017 net revenue, extended from the original 20 rankings in print.

         1 Kindred Healthcare
         7 Amedisys
         9 Vitas Healthcare

[Editor’s Note: The complete list is attached as a separate pdf. Click HERE to download.] 

Ex-hospice owner admits Medicaid scam

A former owner of an Arkansas hospice, charged with state Medicaid fraud, has pleaded guilty to federal Medicaid-fraud charges in her home state of Mississippi. 

NCCPA White Paper Examines Shift of Certified PAs into Specialty Practice 
However, PAs practice in every specialty, including emerging areas such as hospice and palliative care.

Early hospice important in assisted living, nursing homes
When residents of assisted living facilities and nursing homes enter hospice early enough it provides important benefits for both the resident and facility, hospice social worker Rhea Go-Coloma writes. 

Survey: Hospice, home health face data-sharing barriers
A survey of hospice and home health executives showed the industry faces data and interoperability challenges, and the biggest barrier is
the large number of patient referral sources with different communications systems. 

Palmetto GBA October 25th Update

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When: Tuesday, December 4th, 2018, 10:00am- 4:30 pm ET
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