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The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) in Alexandria, VA, has released three new products to help hospices answer the challenges of caring for the dying. The three products include:
• 2000 Hospice Standards of Practice.
This reference manual addresses the current climate of regulatory scrutiny and accreditation and helps prepare hospices to encounter any surveys or regulatory scrutiny.
This latest edition includes extensively revised and updated sections on bereavement care and clinical care, as well as appendices on hospice inpatient facilities and nursing facility hospice care.
Previous editions were released in 1993 and 1987. The NHPCO’s Standards and Accreditation Committee has revised the manual, which incorporates input from Health Care Financing Administration; the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine; the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO); Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP); National Council of Hospice Professionals; and a number of hospice programs of varying type, size, ownership, and location.
The input of these groups led to dramatic changes in the final Standards. The Standards were also field-tested by 11 hospice programs around the country.
The Standards are organized into 10 chapters according to topic areas, including bereavement care, interdisciplinary team, management of information, performance improvement and outcomes measures, hospice inpatient facility, and nursing facility hospice care.
The publication includes a specific Self-Assessment Tool and a useful crosswalk, which cross-references the standards of NHPCO, Medicare conditions of participation, JCAHO, CHAP, and the Accreditation Commission for Home Care.
NHPCO members will receive the manual for free, with additional copies available to members for $59.95. Copies are available to nonmembers for $118.95.
• The Compliance Program Toolkit.
The Compliance Program Toolkit was written for hospices that want to develop an effective compliance program or enhance an existing compliance program. The Toolkit provides the information, tools, and resources needed to develop, implement, maintain, and evaluate a compliance program that meets the recommendations outlined by the Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) Compliance Program Guidance for Hospices.
The Toolkit provides a step-by-step guide for developing the written compliance plan; resources and tools for implementing, maintaining, and evaluating the compliance program; a focus on the 28 hospice risk areas identified by the OIG; background information on compliance programs that hospice managers and compliance officers need; and copies of federal documents and resources with which hospice managers and compliance officers need to be familiar.
The Toolkit sells for $119 for NHPCO members and $189 for non-members.
Section One addresses the underlying principles of pediatric palliative care and provides models for care delivery and education. Section Two addresses communication, ethics, decision making, and palliative care for newborns. Section Three focuses on the management of pain and other symptoms. Section Four covers psychosocial, spiritual, and bereavement care of children with life-threatening conditions, as well as how to work with schools and communities.
Also, a free copy of the Children’s International Project on Hospice-Palliative Services Compendium will be mailed to all NHPCO provider members. Additional copies are available to members for $79.95 and nonmembers for $129.95. Copies also will be distributed to hospitals in the U.S. that treat children with life-limiting conditions and many interested international organizations.