Coping with Grief During the Holidays

Courtesy of HPH Hospice   Picture this: Your mother has broken her arm and it’s time to make her traditional pecan pie for the holidays.   It’s easy to see that it would be difficult for her to make the … Continue reading

November is Hospice Month

November is Hospice & Palliative Care Month (read Governor Scott’s proclamation) and a great time to learn more about the wonderful services hospice and palliative care provides patients and families.   What is hospice and palliative care?  Hospice and palliative … Continue reading

Response to CBS’s 60 Minute report “Ending Life”

By Paul Ledford, President & CEO, FHPCA In 2010, Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association adopted a position in opposition to physician-assisted suicide. It is our commitment to the value of life and to the optimization of the quality of … Continue reading

DEA Releases New Rules That Create Convenient But Safe and Secure Prescription Drug Disposal Options

This article is from the US Department of Justice + Drug Enforcement Administration   On September 8th the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) Final Rule for the Disposal of Controlled Substances, which implements the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act … Continue reading

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