Tips for Talking About Your Health Care Plans this Holiday Season

As families gather this holiday season, they often find themselves in some uncomfortable conversations: politics, religion, or when they plan to have kids. For some, end-of-life planning can be uncomfortable, but it doesn’t have to be. It is important to to communicate your wishes to family. We at NHPCO are here to help you and your family make informed decisions and take the steps to make sure your wishes are followed at end of life.  This process of discussing and determining your preferences for health care is called Advance…

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Grief Around the Holidays

You should know that grief is often exacerbated around the holidays which can make this time of year especially difficult for you.  As we enter the holiday season, consider these strategies, from “What’s your Grief?” to help you cope.   Acknowledge that the holidays will be different, and they will be tough.  Plan ahead and communicate with the people you will spend the holiday with in advance, to make sure…

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HAN Welcomes New Interns focusing on Grief

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and Hospice Action Network welcome Graciela and Nathan, our new interns. They have joined our team to develop resources to support hospice and palliative care providers and patients experiencing grief as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Graciela Rayome is a second-year Master of Public Health candidate at the University of Delaware with a concentration in Health Policy and Management.…

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Access to Palliative Care Poised to Grow

Palliative care is patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing, and treating suffering. Palliative care throughout the continuum of illness involves addressing physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual needs and to facilitate patient autonomy, access to information and choice. Right now, Medicare beneficiaries are in need, because they cannot access…

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Hospice Policy Landscape: Look Back, Look Forward

A Look Back at 2020  2020 presented a year of challenges, dominated by the COVID-19 Pandemic and with the staunch support of hospice and palliative care advocates, the Hospice Action Network worked tirelessly to ensure that hospices have the resources they need to continue to provide high quality care during this public health emergency.  On March 27, 2020, the House passed…

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My Hospice Ambassadors Nominations – NOW OPEN!

Would you like to strengthen your skills as a hospice and palliative care advocate? Are you interested in building relationships with Members of Congress? Are you passionate about the hospice and palliative care community? Would you like to learn how to influence federal policymakers to pass legislation that could improve the delivery of quality hospice…

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Bereavement in Grieving Black Communities

Black communities are grieving. They have been hit doubly hard in recent months, first by COVID-19, which takes black lives at two times the rate it kills white people, and then by the recent deaths of Ahmaud Arbrey, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. While much of the country is still under stay-at-home orders, and many…

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HAN Welcomes Lucy Schmitz

HAN welcomes Lucy Schmitz as the new Advocacy and Grassroots Specialist. A note from Lucy: I am thrilled to join the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the Hospice Action Network (HAN) as the new Advocacy and Grassroots Specialist. In this role, I look forward to working with care providers, partner organization, and…

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CALL TO ACTION: COVID 4.0

For the past several months, the Hospice Action Network (HAN) has been working tirelessly with Congress, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the White House on implementing safeguards and policies that will support hospice providers and the patients and families they serve. The…

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