The QIES System has announced that their systems will be unavailable after 8pm EST on Wednesday, March 16 through Monday, March 21. We recommend you mark this on your calendar and make the appropriate plans to submit as much of your work as possible prior to 8pm EST on March 16.
A team of clinicians and researchers led by Dr. Christopher Kerr at Hospice Buffalo has begun a study that looks at the important of dreams and their role in supporting a "good death" for hospice and palliative care patients and their families. The team conducted their first study (published in The Journal of Palliative Medicine) by conducting multiple interviews with 59 terminally ill patients regarding their dreams. The team found patterns that could help patients and their family members find peace and closure. Dr. Kerr discusses the study at length in a TEDxBuffelo speech in December 2015.
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), released a new edition this month called Death, Dying and End of Lie Viewpoints. The edition discusses several issues related to hospice and palliative care including assisted dying, ICU use at the end of life, and hospice policy.
Medicare intermediaries are now publishing notifications that Medicare edits for the new RN and LPN Gcodes have not effectively been implemented on their end. For this reason, claims are being RTP'd.