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Oct 06, 2015, 16:00 ET
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's We Honor Veterans is celebrating its five year anniversary.

Organizations Across the Country Dedicated to Our Nation's Veterans Facing Serious Illness

Of all the Americans who will die this year, one in four will be a Veteran.  Five years ago, the National Hospice and Palliative Care...

Sep 15, 2015, 15:00 ET
Live all the moments of your life with hospice.

Hospice care: separating fact from fiction

Many people think being on hospice means lying in a bed, barely conscious. However, this perception is not an accurate one. Many hospice patients'...

Aug 03, 2015, 10:33 ET
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CMS Final Rule Implements New Payment Structure for Hospice

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the FY2016 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule on Friday, July 31, 2015.   Payment...

Jul 17, 2015, 12:00 ET

Global Partners in Care Receives National Award for Innovation and Effectiveness

 Global Partners in Care, an affiliate of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, is being recognized by the American Society of...

Jul 14, 2015, 16:00 ET
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Proposed Legislation Calls for Hospice Payment Reform Testing Before Implementation

The Hospice Care Access Improvement Act of 2015 (H.R. 3037) was introduced yesterday in the House by Representatives Tom Reed (NY-23) and Mike...

Jul 13, 2015, 09:00 ET
CareFirst is this recipient of the 2015 Advocacy Innovator Award.  The award will be presented at the Hospice Action Network Advocacy Intensive on July 13, 2015.

Hospice Advocates Share Their Stories on Capitol Hill

More than 280 Hospice Advocates representing 200 Congressional districts will converge on Capitol Hill to call on Congress to support the Care...

Jul 08, 2015, 20:19 ET

Proposed Rule would Reimburse Physicians for Advance Care Planning Conversations

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule that makes the two advance care...

Jul 07, 2015, 16:33 ET
We Honor Veterans' partners address the unique healthcare needs of Veterans, both physical and emotional, including the psychological toll of war and how it impacts their end-of-life journey.

We Honor Veterans Program Awarded for Excellence

 We Honor Veterans, a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, is being recognized by the American Society of...

Jun 23, 2015, 11:00 ET
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Hospice Assists Children in Time of Grief

While the loss of a loved one is difficult for everyone, a child's limited ability to understand death can make grieving more difficult than it is...

Jun 10, 2015, 16:00 ET

Care Planning Act Gives Patients Facing Serious Illness More of a Voice in Their Care

More and more Americans are facing advanced illness, aging with multiple chronic health conditions, and lack the resources to plan for their care...

May 26, 2015, 11:00 ET
With hospice, dying can include a lot of living.

5 Ways Hospice Can Help You or Your Loved Ones

The vast majority of Americans say what they want at the end of life is to die in their own homes, as comfortable and pain-free as possible. The...

May 14, 2015, 17:00 ET
Pictured are Don Buska, his son Jeff, and a representative from the hospice that cared for Don.

Memorial Day: A Time to Reflect, Remember, and Support

Memorial Day is an opportunity for Americans to remember those who have lost their lives in defense of our country and to offer support to grieving...

May 06, 2015, 17:33 ET

"Carmin's Love and Light"; a Mother's Story of Finding Hope in the Face of Terminal Illness

Carmin Greaves was just fifty-eight years old when she received a diagnosis no woman wants to hear: stage four ovarian cancer.  That was two...

May 01, 2015, 12:01 ET

NHPCO Offers Initial Comments on FY2016 Hospice Wage Index Proposed Rule

On Thursday afternoon, April 30, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services posted the FY2016 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and...

Apr 30, 2015, 09:00 ET
Russell Portenoy, MD, executive director of the MJHS Institute for Innovation in Palliative Care, is the recipient of NHPCO's Galen Miller Leadership Award recognizing an outstanding leader in the hospice and palliative care field.

More than 1,200 Hospice and Palliative Care Professionals Gather for NHPCO Annual Leadership Conference

 More than 1,200 hospice and palliative care leaders, practitioners, and senior managers have gathered for the National Hospice and Palliative...

Apr 30, 2015, 08:00 ET

US and Ugandan Hospices Celebrated for Outstanding Partnership

Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice is over 7,000 miles away from Kawempe Home Care of Uganda yet the two organizations are partners in caring. ...

Apr 16, 2015, 11:00 ET
Live all the moments of your life with hospice.

Learn what hospice care really means to patients and their families

What makes a good death? Many people prefer not to think about death in their day-to-day lives. For most people, a good death means being...

Apr 13, 2015, 09:00 ET

SPEAK UP! Making Sure Your Healthcare Wishes Are Known.

If you experienced a medical crisis and were unable to make your healthcare wishes known, who would speak for you? National Healthcare Decisions...

Apr 09, 2015, 09:00 ET

NHPCO Celebrates Hospice Volunteers during National Volunteer Week, April 12-18

Since its creation over thirty years ago, the Medicare hospice benefit has enabled tens of millions of Americans to avail themselves of the highest...

Mar 30, 2015, 09:00 ET

Affirming the Importance of Hospice Providers Thinking in Terms of Terminal Prognosis

Determining what aspects of care hospice providers are responsible for has become an issue of growing importance in recent months. National Hospice...