HHS has put together a primer on navigating the complex Medicare Appeals process. According to NHPCO, The Medicare Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals reports a backlog of more than 880,000 appeals at the end of FY2015. HHS has also issued a new proposed rule to help minimize the backup.
The hospice and palliative care community has long been aware of the need to increase diversity in the patients and families it serves. This week, NHPCO released a Moments of Life video that highlighted the importance of including a patients cultural background in their hospice care plan.
The Phase 2 HIPAA Audit Program reviews the policies and procedures adopted and employed by covered entities and business associates to meet selected standards and implementation specifications of the Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. These analyses are conducted using a comprehensive audit protocol that has been updated to reflect the Omnibus Final Rule.
On May 24th 2016, palliative care had an unexpected moment in the limelight when the users of the popular link-sharing site Reddit took a break from funny videos and memes to vote an artist's inspiring work to the top of the front page. A user going by the name Baron_Samedi_ posted a picture of his latest work: a mural that he donated to the Palliative Care wing of a nearby rural hospital.