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February 2019 Edition

Brevard's Hospice of St Francis New Virtual Reality Experiences Program Helps Make Dreams Come True for Patients

“Many of our patients share their feelings of sadness about having missed out on fulfilling their dreams to travel, experience aspects of nature such as seeing the Grand Canyon, doing something they’ve always wanted to do such as our Veteran patients attending an Honor Flight trip, or even about things they can no longer do like take a walk on the beach.  Read more...
Hospice of St. Francis Medical Director Dr. Elizabeth Galfo (left) and President and CEO Joe Killian (right) receive a demonstration of the equipment being used in the program from Christine Christian, MSW (center) a social worker with Hospice of St. Francis who is part of a team facilitating the introduction of the new technology.
Member News

Compassionate Care Hospice
Amedisys completes $340 million acquisition of hospice care company in New Jersey

Good Shepherd Hospice
A dream come true for LP hospice patient

Haven Hospice
Haven Receives Plein Grant to Help Honor Heroes

Hospice of Marion County
Hospice of Marion County concludes Emergency Preparedness Drill

Speaker encourages advance care and palliative care planning 

New CEO plans to build on Hospice of Marion County legacy

Tidewell Hospice
Scott Hamilton earns high marks at Tidewell Hospice luncheon

VITAS Healthcare
AT&T and VITAS Healthcare have launched a virtual reality study for hospice patients

VITAS Healthcare Celebrates Grand Opening of Hospice Inpatient Center at Rockledge


Axxess Partners with Gateway to Promote Coding and OASIS Review Services

National News


Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) pitches “Medicare at 50,” an incremental approach to Medicare expansion.
The plan is a revised version of a proposal she authored in previous sessions of Congress, but lowers the age of eligibility from 55 to 50. The proposal comes at a time where there is increasing support for universal health coverage.

ICPCN calls for palliative care to be standard in the treatment of children with cancer
ICPCN calls upon health authorities around the world to recognize the value of palliative care in the treatment of children with cancer and to make the provision of children’s palliative care a standard response to a child’s cancer diagnosis. The organization also calls for a concerted effort to be made to overcome the stigma associated with the use of opioids in the treatment of pain in children.

Four senior living providers in Colorado, New Jersey, Ohio, and Virginia are “teaming up for a big bet on Medicare Advantage.”
“Through their Consortium, these four organizations will launch MA special needs plans on a state-by-state basis, and then sell ownership interest to senior living operators in each state, starting with Colorado and Ohio. The Consortium will own 51% of the MA plan in a given state, with each of the four organizations owning an even 25%. The owner-operators in that state’s plan will share ownership of the other 49%.” For the participating organizations, this is seen as an opportunity “to get upstream in the payment model,” as Laurence Gumina, CEO of Ohio Living puts it. Senior Housing News outlines the relative value that each of the providers brings.

Palmetto GBA: February 21, 2019

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New Volunteer Manager Series: Getting & Keeping Volunteers: The Ongoing Recruitment Dilemma
Gary Gardia, MEd, MSW, LCSW
When: Thursday, February 28, 2019,  3:00p m- 4:30 pm ET
Where: Online
More Info: Register Online

2019 Conditions of Participation Series: Overview & Patient Rights
Sharon Litwin, RN MHA
When: Thursday, March 21, 2019  3:00 pm 4:30 pm ET
Where: Online
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2019 Agency Success & Leadership Excellence Series: Motivating People for Success
Larry Prince, Ed.M.
When: Thursday, May 16, 2019  3:00 pm 4:30 pm ET
Where: Online
More Info: Register Online

View all upcoming webinars HERE.
FHPCA's Awards of Excellence celebrates the individuals and programs who exemplify excellence in their daily practice. 

Click HERE to learn more about the Awards of Excellence and how to begin your nomination today.

Register & learn more about Hospice Works Forum HERE.
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