Category: Federal Issues

Governor Rick Scott Signs Proclamation Commemorating Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Month

  TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Nov. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Governor Rick Scott has declared November as Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Month. Last year, more than 137,351 patients received hospice care throughout Florida. Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association is pleased to join hospice providers across … Continue reading


FHPCA’s House Bill 539 Passes Subcommittee Hearing

Today, FHPCA’s House Bill 539- “An Act Relating to Hospices” passed the Florida House Health Innovation Subcommittee. This bill addresses quality measures, prescription drug disposal after a patient’s death, and palliative care services to non-hospice, seriously ill patients. Here’s the … 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 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 … Continue reading