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Consider the Conversation 2:
Stories about Cure, Relief, and Comfort

Consider the Conversation 2: Stories about Cure, Relief, and Comfort explores the effect of American medicine's success on the patient/doctor relationship and sheds light on the important role communication plays in helping both patient and doctor navigate the murky waters of severe chronic disease.

As part of the film, producers interviewed physician experts from across the United States, visited with residents of a nursing home and were embedded with palliative care teams where they interviewed seriously ill patients from a variety of backgrounds and filmed actual patient/doctor conversations as they occurred in real time.

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Qualidigm Introduces its Newest Tool for Home Health
Quality & Compliance

Qualidigm's home healthcare consulting division is dedicated to assisting home health and hospice care professionals improve the quality and safety of care delivered to their patients, and are continuously finding ways to work directly with home health and hospice care providers to improve outcomes.

Recently, this division released a new home healthcare compliance tool called Qualiance™ that has received national attention. Qualiance™ is the first web-based tool that audits and analyzes Medicare Conditions of Participation compliance. This tool identifies areas of non-compliance in real time, enabling home health care agencies to identify deficiencies immediately and develop focused corrective action plans to avoid costly penalties.

CMS Revises Guidance for Part D and Hospice

Source: NHPCO

On Friday, July 18, CMS issued revised guidance (PDF) to replace the March 10, 2014 guidance to hospices and Part D plan sponsors regarding payments for medications. The revised guidance changes the prior authorization (PA) requirement to ONLY the four classes of drugs referenced in the OIG 2012 Report-analgesics, anti-emetics, laxatives, and anti-anxiety medications.

CMS staff requested a meeting with NHPCO mid-day on Friday to review the changes in the revised Guidance and to address any ongoing concerns. The broad outline of the changes is included in the full article here.

Moments of Life" Hospice National Hospice Campaign

NHPCO is proud to launch a new, national awareness-campaign, "Moments of Life: Made Possible by Hospice," that uses patients’ and families’ stories to show hospice is about more than death – it’s about living.

Visit Momentsoflife.org to watch the first six videos; share in the social media outreach that will be going out via NHPCO's Facebook page and via Twitter; and look for information from NHPCO about how you can get involved.

Thank you to all hospice providers who make special moments possible to patients and families every single day.

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