Breast Cancer Awareness

October is breast cancer awareness month, and FHPCA wants to remind women everywhere to get tested early. The American Cancer Society recommends that all women over the age of 40 get an annual mammogram and a clinical physical examination. For … Continue reading


IMPACT Bill Passes

(Alexandria, VA) - Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act), legislation which includes hospice integrity provisions that are backed by the hospice community. The National Hospice and … Continue reading


Medicare Part D: Confused Yet?

By Mery Lossada, MD Chief Medical Officer, Hospice of Marion County   On July 18, 2014, Medicare replaced a policy it had put into place just four months previous. The policy it drew up in March threw hospices and their … Continue reading


CMS Announces Change in Part D

Medicare has announced significant changes in the hospice drug coverage rules, prompting cheers from many patient advocates within and beyond the hospice community. Many feared that the original changes would have had disastrous effects on quality of care by limiting … Continue reading


FHPCA’s Response to Huffington Post Article

The recent article, “How Dying Became a Multibillion-Dollar Industry” published by the Huffington Post, spoke on the increasing business of hospice care. This article attempted to prove that hospice is turning big business and quality of patient care is suffering … Continue reading


Hospice Coverage Explained

By Wendy Melton Abbott, Team Leader, Big Bend Hospice   As a hospice nurse, I often find that when families learn all that hospice care has to offer, they are both relieved and concerned: relieved that the comprehensive list of … Continue reading


2014 Awards of Excellence Winners

  Orlando, FL. – On May 22nd, in conjunction with the 29th Annual Forum “The Journey Continues: Elevating Clinical Practice to New Heights”, Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association (FHPCA) announced the 2014 winners of the annual Awards of Excellence … Continue reading


FHPCA Wins National Award

Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association (FHPCA) is pleased to announce that we won the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s (NHPCO) 2014 Trailblazer Award for our “Congressional Advocacy Notebook” project. The Trailblazer Award recognizes state organizations demonstrating high levels … Continue reading


How Do We Care For Caregivers?

Being the primary caregiver for a loved one can be a rich, rewarding experience. It can also be hugely challenging and draining. While providing 24-hour care to individuals who cannot care for their own basic needs – eating, drinking, using … Continue reading


What is Palliative Care?

“What is Palliative Care?” Article provided by Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care   Mary is in her 70s and has chronic emphysema – but she is not terminal and does not qualify for hospice care. She has been to … Continue reading