HCANH Annual Meeting
Friday, June 5, from 9am - 1:30pm
The annual meeting is a great opportunity to network with your colleagues in home care and hospice on the shores of beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee.
It's time to celebrate our achievements and success stories, and take a look at next year's opportunities. This year we are honored to welcome New Hampshire author and humorist Rebecca Rule. Becky's gift is seeing the humor in her everyday New England life, as a Hospice volunteer as well as primary caregiver for her elderly mother. Her generous spirit and skillful way with words guides people to a better understanding of what it means to live a storied life in the Granite State.
Please join us! Click here for more information and to register.
NHPCO Prognosis Video
NH participates in national observance to make advance health care decisions
A new study released today by the Foundation for Healthy Communities found that only 37 percent (506) of 1,363 patients’ medical records reviewed in 25 acute care hospitals had documentation identifying who they would want to make decisions for them if they lacked the capacity to do so.
The Foundation for Healthy Communities and many other organizations in New Hampshire will observe “National Healthcare Decisions Day” on April 16th in an effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare directives. Governor Maggie Hassen issued a proclamation recognizing April 16, 2015, as HEALTHCARE DECISIONS DAY in New Hampshire. “National Healthcare Decisions Day is a reminder to talk with family or friends about your wishes in the event of a medical crisis,” said Shawn LaFrance, executive director of the Foundation for Healthy Communities. “Conversations and completion of an advance directive allows you to decide who will make your health care decisions if you lack the capacity to do so.”
In a related study involving 319 patients from nine hospice programs in in the state, the NH Hospice and Palliative Care Organization found that 84 percent of the patients surveyed had an advance directive when admitted into hospice.
“The focus of National Healthcare Decisions Day is on education,” LaFrance added. “Its aim is to increase the number of people who understand the importance of advance care directives and planning for serious illness or end-of-life care. The Foundation for Healthy Communities provides information to help people address the topic with family, friends and healthcare providers and complete a written advance directive, such as healthcare power of attorney and a living will, in accordance with New Hampshire law.” The Foundation’s advance care planning guide and a brief education video are available free of charge online at www.healthynh.com
The Foundation for Healthy Communities is a nonprofit corporation that exists to improve health and health care in NH communities through partnerships that engage individuals and organizations.
Three Ways to Join the National Healthcare Decisions Day Celebration
April 16 is National Healthcare Decisions Day, and NHHPCO joins the rest of the nation in educating and empowering the public and providers about the importance of advance care planning.
Below we list some resources that will help you bring NHDD to your community. Whether hosting a game night or helping someone with their advance directives, your efforts will help all of us in starting these difficult - but critically important - conversations. Be a catalyst for the cause, and tell us how it went on our blog!
- The NHDD website provides easy-to-understand directions in getting advance directives, along with a slew of resources for anyone coming to the subject for the first time.
- Host a game night! My Gift of Grace is a card game that has been carefully designed to make end-of-life conversations easier and engaging for people of all ages, from all walks of life. Buy it now and receive a 20% discount!
- Eat cake, discuss demise. Death Cafes combine open conversation with delicious food and drink. An international phenomenon, use our Death Cafe Cheat Sheet to host your own!
NHHPCO is now offering webinars!
Visit our Professional Development page for more details.
Hospice Billing - a 3-Part Series
6, 12, and 27 May, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Audio Recording Available
This webinar series will lay a concrete foundation for hospice billers, as well as, any hospice staff that need to more effectively understand the Medicare regulations. Presented by Melinda Gaboury, co-founder and CEO of Healthcare Provider Solutions and author of "Home Health Pocket Guide to OASIS-C1: A Reference Guide for Field Staff".
Visit our Professional Development page for specific course objectives and more details.
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