NHHPCO's Success is Thanks to You

It's time to renew your membership.

Your renewed membership is vital to NHHPCO's continued sustainability. Please be sure to renew your membership now. Benefits include:

  • Weekly receipt of the Hospice News Network. This email publication highlights current national topics and is available only to state hospice and palliative care association members.
  • Monthly newsletter from NHHPCO with statewide news and invitations to events
  • Discounted education events including the Annual Fall Conference
  • Voting privileges at Membership Meetings
  • Ability to participate in an interactive blog on our website
Download the form and join today!

Thank you for your support!

Join a Committee

NHHPCO is looking for enthusiastic new members for the following committees:

  • The Annual Fall Conference Committee (Nov)
  • The St. Anselm Education Day Committee (March)
  • The Annual Golf Tournament (August)
  • The Development Committee (for new events for community education and fundraising)
  • The Education Committee is looking for a HPNA certified trainer to conduct a certification prep course for RNs. This prep course is offered once or twice a year, at the convenience of the trainer, and is a reimbursed position.

Committee members are expected to attend planning meetings a few times a year - mostly by conference call.

We welcome anyone with an interest to support hospice and palliative care at the statewide level. Our committees provide the ideal forum to share ideas, skills, and resources, as well as make new friends and meet colleagues.

Contact Janice McDermott at jmcdermott@nhhpco.org to join a group.

NHHPCO Responds to the Statewide Opioid Crisis

As a result of the NHHPCO Fall Conference panel discussion “Medication Management - Safe Transitions in Care” a working group has been formed to review the work of the state Drug Task Force and resulting emergency rules to protect access to pain medication for patients receiving palliative care and hospice while also reducing the opportunities for diversion. Under the leadership of Phil Lawson, MD, this group is addressing:

  1. Universal Screening and education including benefits as well as risks
  2. Agreements on process and disposal
  3. Risk Stratification
  4. Tools to support safest care applied based on risk: pill counts, single caregiver responsible, locked boxes, +/- initial urine screens
  5. Actions to assist when aberrancy occurs and balancing harm reduction with best symptom management
  6. Disposal

Please let us know if you are interested in joining this group by contacting Janice McDermott at jmcdermott@nhhpco.org

In addition to the “working group”, NHHPCO is partnering with the NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration’s Quality of Life Task Force to assess the current practice in our state to improve outcomes for cancer patients who report unmanaged pain. A $1,000 grant has been awarded to create a patient and provider education tool to raise awareness of evidence based non-pharmacological pain management techniques. The QOL Task Force co-chairs are Janice McDermott, NHHPCO and Chris Howard, Oncology Resource Coordinator Elliot Regional Cancer Center and members include representatives from cancer centers statewide.

What to Expect in 2016

We're delighted to share a video from the Hospice Action Network about what to expect in 2016. Hold tight - it's going to be a busy year!

Therapeutic Cannabis in the Granite State

Ready or not, in March 2016, therapeutic cannabis will be distributed in four sites in NH. Visit our News page for more about the process involved, qualifications, and site locations.

From Nine to Ninety

From PBS comes a compelling 30 minute film of one woman who surprises her family about her decisions regarding end of life care. Watch the trailer below. PBS will be providing opportunities to watch the film throughout the year.

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