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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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FHPCA Announces 2014 Executive Committee

For over 30 years, FHPCA has worked toward the betterment of hospice through the commitment of our members and our Board Leadership. We are pleased to announce the new additions to our Board Leadership and Executive Committee.   “We feel…

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Tips for Managing the Holidays

The grief journey never looks or feels the same for those that have lost loved ones. Grieving patterns differ depending on the relationship, the passing, and the season in the surviving member’s life. No one can truly understand what a…

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The Hospice House Difference

The Hospice House Difference By Patricia Klein, Sr. Public Relations Specialist, Good Shepherd Hospice and Abby Vandegrift, Communications & Policy Coordinator, Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association   Judy Goll will always remember October 22, 2011. Even though doctors had…

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Support Hospice in a Visible Way

November is Hospice & Palliative Care Month and is not only a great time to recognize the excellent end-of-life care provided in Florida, but also an opportunity to support hospice programming through the purchase of the Specialty Hospice License Plate….

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Helping Caregivers Understand Wound Care

By  VNA of the Treasure Coast   For many caregivers, taking care of a loved one means much more than medication reminders and preparing meals. More arduous tasks such as wound care become part of the responsibilities of the caregiver….

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Volunteering Offers Many Benefits

by VNA of the Treasure Coast   Volunteering doesn’t just serve as a benefit to the community, it can also serve as a benefit to your health. Studies have shown that seniors who volunteer regularly increase their mental and physical…

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Helping You Care for a Loved One with COPD

by VNA of the Treasure Coast     When a loved one is diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, (COPD), there are certain things that you, as the caregiver, should know. It is important that you understand the various aspects…

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What is Private Duty Care?

by Joyce Baldrica, President and CEO of the VNA of the Treasure Coast and Nightingale Private Duty Nursing     Do you, a loved one, or a neighbor feel unsafe at home due to a medical condition or age-related issues?…

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FHPCA Submits Response Regarding Wage Index

On Friday, June 28, FHPCA submitted comments to CMS regarding the FY2014 proposed hospice wage index rule. The letter addressed four distinct sections of the proposed rule:  Diagnosis reporting on hospice claims; use of nonspecific, symptom diagnoses; proposed updates to…

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2013 Awards of Excellence Winners

On May 23rd, Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association (FHPCA) announced the 2013 winners of the annual Awards of Excellence in Hospice and Palliative Care.   The Awards of Excellence program was created to identify, recognize and showcase the outstanding…

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Is There Life After Caregiving?

An article published on The New York Times’ blog, New Old Age, explores the experience of caregivers of terminally-ill family members and loved ones. The essay examines not only the stresses that are present during the finals days of the…

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Hospice A Source of Savings, Quality Care

by Roxanne Riley, Executive Director, LifePath Hospice   For years, state and federal lawmakers have tried to find an answer to escalating health care costs. At the same time, patients and families want access to quality health care that is both…

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Tell Us Your Hospice Story

  Traveling to a destination rarely happens without adventure, mishaps, or detours, and the same goes with one’s life destination. FHPCA’s 28th Annual Forum Conference “Journey: Mapping Our Past, Paving New Roads” is about looking at the past, present, and…

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