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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...

Mar 27, 2015, 14:00 ET

NHPCO participates in IOM "Dying in America" National Action Conference

At a recent National Action Conference hosted by the Institute of Medicine held in Washington, DC, NHPCO wholeheartedly voiced its support for the...

Feb 17, 2015, 12:51 ET
We Honor Veterans partners recognize the military service of Veterans with special pinning ceremonies and awards.

Renewing the Commitment to Our Nation's Veterans Facing Serious Illness

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has been awarded a contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs to continue development...

Feb 11, 2015, 11:49 ET

NHPCO Forms Council to Address Lack of Utilization of Hospice Care in Diverse Communities

As Americans celebrate Black History Month, hospice professionals acknowledge that hospice utilization within African American communities is...

Nov 25, 2014, 09:00 ET

Just in time for Thanksgiving, NHPCO Gives Thanks for Hospice Volunteers

Mercedes Baila believes sincerely in the hospice mission of providing quality, compassionate end-of-life care to those who are dealing with a...

Nov 17, 2014, 16:00 ET

More Research Validates the Benefits of Hospice; What Will It Take to Change End-of-Life Care in America?

 New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reinforces the benefits of hospice care for patients with cancer...

Oct 30, 2014, 11:32 ET

NHPCO Issues Proclamation for November's National Hospice Palliative Care Month

 The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the nation's oldest and largest leadership organization working on behalf of...

Oct 27, 2014, 17:00 ET

How to Choose a Quality Hospice

 When a loved one is diagnosed with a serious or life-limiting illness, the questions facing an individual or a family can be...

Sep 19, 2014, 10:16 ET
Live all the moments of your life with hospice. (PRNewsFoto/NHPCO)

More than 1 million people learn dying can still include a lot of living

Many people equate a conversation about hospice as being told they must give up. However, more than 1 million people across the nation have...