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forest pathPatients’ Right to Freedom of Choice of Providers: Complaint by Provider against Hospital Substantiated by State Surveyors

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Providers must have a steady stream of referrals in order to be viable. By the same token, all patients have the right to choose the providers who render care to them.
 
Several sources affirm the right of patients to choose their providers, including the following:

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orioleHome care providers of all types; including home health agencies, hospices, private duty agencies and HME companies; that receive any monies from federal or state programs; such as Medicare, Medicaid, Medicaid waiver, or Tricare; must make fraud and abuse compliance a top priority. As patients and their families become more familiar with fraud and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid Programs and in other state and federal health care programs, the number of communications related to this topic from patients and their families is likely to increase. A crucial question for managers is how to handle these allegations.

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Autumn LeafCMS Posts Memorandum on Nursing Shortage: CMS states that findings from the Bureau of Labor Statistics continue to forecast a shortage of nurses through 2024 with a job growth rate that is faster than the average. In remote instances, a hospice provider may find that a shortage of nurses creates a temporary impact on its ability to provide nursing services to patients and as a result may create an access to care concern for hospice beneficiaries.

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Maine Hospice Council Receives Grant Funding for Trauma-Informed Care for Veterans on Hospice Initiative

Augusta, ME – The Maine Hospice Council and Center for End-of-Life Care (MHC) has received one of 13 grants to work in partnership with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s “We Honor Veterans Program” (NHPCO/WHV) and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. The goal is to increase awareness of PTSD, Moral Injury and Suicide and the subsequent impact on end of life and palliative care. This will be accomplished in partnership with community organizations, and our long-time partners at Togus VA Medical Center (TVAMC).

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Great News! The Maine Hospice Council and Center for End-of-Life Care has been awarded grant funding from NHPCO’s We Honor Veterans Program and Department of Veterans Affairs  for Trauma-Informed Care for Veterans on Hospice Initiative.

To read full press release, click here!

The Maine Hospice Council is partnering with Maine Veterans Hospital, mental health organizations, and state hospice volunteer programs to create educational trainings to be implemented statewide.

Keep watch for your opportunity to participate in one of these educational trainings!

CandlesUpon election of hospice the patient should expect the hospice to provide for all services related to the patient’s terminal illness and related conditions, including ensuring the patient’s rights are respected. Failure of the hospice to comply with the Medicare requirement related to patient’s rights has the potential to lead significant consequence, such as patient neglect which may cause harm to the patient.
 
“Neglect in hospice may be difficult to identify and may result from inaction on the part of the hospice or its employees.” Examples of neglect may include:

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loonDear MaineHealth patient,

As the world-wide coronavirus outbreak continues to dominate our news each day, we know this may be a source of growing concern for you and your family.

MaineHealth and its family of health care providers across Maine and Carroll County, N.H., stand ready as a resource for the communities we serve. We want to assure you that keeping our patients, families and staff safe and well is our top priority during this time.

To that end, we want to share with you, in question and answer format, some important information about COVID-19 and how we can all work together to minimize its impact in our communities.

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NHPCO

November 8, 2019

On November 7, 2019, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) introduced S. 2807, a bipartisan bill entitled the Hospice Care Improvement Act of 2019, specifically written to address the concerns identified by the HHS Office of Inspector General about hospice survey deficiencies and patient harm. NHPCO supports many of the policies in the bill as it closely tracks NHPCO’s recommended Hospice Program Integrity Initiatives. Thank you to the Legislative, Regulatory, and Quality Committees for their work on vetting and approving many of the program integrity measures that were included in this legislation. NHPCO will continue to engage with the sponsors of the legislation and hope to further refine the legislation to include enhanced access to hospice.

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Summary of CMS Final Rule

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Final Rule on Discharge Planning, Interoperability and Patient Preferences

Summary at a Glance

On September 30, CMS published a final rule which:

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LDL1313 (Death with Dignity Act)

The Maine Hospice Council has been listed as one consulting entity for the Department of Health and Human Services as part of the major substantive rulemaking process and as part of its broader data collection and analysis of trends and practices.

To read the full Executive Order, please click the link below.

Govenor Mills Executive Order

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