2015 Board of Directors Election Results

The votes are in and we are delighted to announce the following new board members, who now begin their first three year term:  

  • Andrea Patrick-Baudet, RN, CHPN, CHPCA, Hospice Director, Cornerstone VNA
  • Karen Coy, RN, Hospice Director, Northwoods Home Health & Hospice
  • Rev. Mary Francis Drake, MA, MSW, LICSW, AHPC-SW, Hospice Chaplain, Bereavement Counselor, and Volunteer Coordinator
  • John Getts, President/CEO, Home Health & Hospice Care
 NHHPCO 2015 Board Members

L-R: front row: Sandra Knowlton-Soho, Karen Coy, Mary Francis Drake, Carla Braveman

Back row: Andrea Patrick-Baudet, Andrew Kleiner, April Bartley, Janice McDermott, John Getts


Visit our Board of Directors page for a complete listing of board members, along with executive board positions. 

NHPCO Prognosis Video

Jennifer Kennedy of NHPCO has provided us with a video and PDF detailing hospice prognosis procedures.

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.

Developing Best Practices in Billing and Coding for Providers in Hospice and Palliative Care

23 July, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern 
Audio Recording Available

In this presentation, we will equip the learner with best practices regarding billing and coding. We will discuss the triggers for audits, the difference between billing under complexity versus time, the use of prolonged service codes, and nuances related to hospice and palliative care. We will discuss some of the common pitfalls that occur and discuss why it’s importance to have a compliance program. Nurse practitioner and physician assistant billing will also be covered, as well as the nuances related to our field.

Register today!
Visit our Professional Development page for specific course objectives and more details.

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