Hospice Management

  Helpful Resources for Hospice Management
In today's busy environment it is not always easy to find the time to do the research necessary to help us with our jobs. To that end, the following links are intended to assist in pointing you in the right direction to assist in answering some of the more difficult questions that arise on a day-to-day basis. Or, click the link above to open a pdf that you may print out or save to your computer.
  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
The above links to Medicare manuals and transmittals, coding and billing resources, as well as State Medicaid Manual. Click below to view some CMS' program issuances, day-to-day operating instructions, policies and procedures that are based on statutes, regulations, guidelines, models and directives. The CMS program components, providers, contractors, Medicare Advantage organizations and state survey agencies use the IOMs to administer CMS programs. They are also a good source of Medicare and Medicaid information for the general public. http://www.cms.hhs.gov.Manuals.IOM/list.asp The State Operations Manual is located at: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/manuals/downloads/som107ap m hospice.pdf
  Cahaba GBA
The Medicare contractor for hospice services in Iowa is Cahaba Government Benefit Administrators, LLC (also referred to as Cahaba GBA). As a Medicare Regional Home Health Intermediary (RHHI), they process claims for services provided by home health and hospice providers for 16 states including Iowa. Medicare Part A Newsline is located at: http://www.cahabagba.com/part_a/education_and_outreach/newsletter/index.htm The Medicare Reference Guide for Hospice Agencies and Hospice Quick Reference Tools that provide information to help you understand the Medicare benefit and how Cahaba GBA, LLC processes your claims is located at: http://www.cahabagba.com/part_a/education_and_outreach/education_materials/hospice.htm
  Iowa Department of Human Services
The Iowa Department of Human Services Web site provides information on Medicaid, including the Medicaid Policy Manual for hospice providers.
  The Department of Inspections and Appeals, Health Facilities Division
The Department of Inspections and Appeals, Health Facilities Division Web site lists providers that are certified and licensed by the Department, best practices and information documents.
  EDELE (Epidemiology of Dying and End-of-Life Experience)
EDELE (Epidemiology of Dying and End-of-Life Experience) is focused on making existing data readily available to program planners and decision-makers. It is an access point for health care providers, health services researchers, and state policy makers to find data about the experience of end of life. Researchers have searched the Internet to identify Web pages and Web sites that provide data about people who died and their families, health care and community resources available for end-of-life care, use of these resources, and outcomes and satisfaction with care. EDELE links users to these locations on the Internet.
  The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)
The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) is an organization of physicians and other medical professionals dedicated to excellence in and advancement of palliative medicine.
  End of Life/Palliative Education Resource Center
For physician fast facts - all kinds of quick information related to caring for patients at end of life that can be shared with physicians. The one page fast facts are up-to-date and evidence based.
  The Center to Advance Palliative Care
The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) provides health care professionals with the tools, training and technical assistance necessary to start and sustain successful palliative care programs in hospitals and other health care settings.
CAPC also offers resources for hospices, including sample contracts for nursing facilities and hospitals.
All hospices may find these free resources at the CAPC website at www.capc.org under the tools tab and then by clicking on hospital/hospice tools. As with all sample contracts, HPCAI recommends each hospice have their own legal counsel review individual contracts.
HPNA has become the nationally recognized organization providing resources and support for advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and nursing assistants who care for people with life limiting and terminal illness.
  The Council on Social Work Education
The Council on Social Work Education provides a list of accredited social work degree programs.
  The Independent Sector
The Independent Sector is a resouce for calculating the value of volunteer time.