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Patient Culture in Hospice Care

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. 

 

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HIPAA Updates Audit Protocol

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.

 

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Hear From The Artist Who Donated His Time to Palliative Care - And Topped Reddit

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.

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ICD-10 Codes Not Allowed For Primary Diagnosis

The Connecticut Behavioral Health Partnership has put together a list of ICD-10 codes that are not allowed to be used as primary diagnosis.

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The Joint Commission Announces New Certification for Palliative Care

The Joint Commission is offering a new Community-Based Palliative Care (CBPC) certification option for home health & hospices that will launch July 1, 2016. Community-Based Palliative Care (CBPC) Certification will recognize home health and hospice organizations that provide top caliber, community-based palliative care to patients and families in their home (primary place of residence).

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