NHHPCO is now offering two webinar programs - be sure to sign up!

Please visit our Professional Development page for more details.

Hospice Documentation for the IDT: The Big Picture

Thursday, April 9, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Audio Recording Available

Jennifer Kennedy, RN, MA, BSN, CHC, Director of Regulatory and Compliance at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), will discuss strategies clinical staff can use to improve overall quality of documentation and to proactively prevent survey deficiencies and claims denials from medical review.
Download registration form to sign up.

Persuading Physicians to Engage Palliative and Hospice Care Earlier - The Anti-Death Panel Approach

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

In this webinar, Dr. Thomas J. Smith, MD, FACP, FASCO, FAAHPM, suggests reasonable ways to persuade oncologists and other specialists to make referrals to hospice earlier and more often.

Download registration form to sign up.

To register for either webinar: Member rate is $130.00 - Non-members $199.00.

When filling out the registration form please indicate if you will be calling into the live webinar or purchasing the audio recording (fee is the same). The live webinar includes the opportunity to ask questions of the presenter.
To purchase both the live webinar and the audio recording, pay the registration fee and an additional $30.
The audio recording will be accessible for two weeks following the live program.

Thanks to St Anselm's for hosting a great conference!

The Transitions in Care at End-of-Life Conference co-presented by by St Anselm College and NHHPCO on March 6 was a success! Thanks to attendees for turning out in record numbers and for bringing your energy and enthusiasm to the event. We are already looking forward to next year!

Audit Participation Request

Hello Hospice Providers,

In honor of “National Health Care Decisions Day” (April 16th), we are participating once again in a project with the NH Health Care Decisions Coalition led by Shawn LaFrance to determine how many patients in our state report having completed Advanced Directives. Shawn sends his survey to all of the NH hospitals asking them to complete a one day audit of patient records and is now achieving 100% participation. He publishes the results after the surveys are tallied. The New Hampshire average has mirrored the national average of about one third of the population reporting that they have these documents completed.

We know that those receiving hospice care are more likely to have their wishes documented. Please help promote this important facet of our work by participating in this one day audit. Participants in this survey last year felt that it was quick and easy and demonstrates a quality initiative in your own program. I have added POLST and Portable DNR to the survey as these will become more important each year.

We are asking you to pick one day between now and Wednesday, March 25th and tell us how many of your active hospice patients have evidence of completed advanced directives documented in their medical record.

This simple summary form will be used to tally the results. Please submit your data to jmcdermott@nhhpco.org at your earliest convenience and know that you are helping strengthen efforts to promote honoring patient wishes for care at end-of-life.

You will receive a summary of the results.

Thank you for helping with this important survey!

We Want Your Vote!

We are now seeking nominations for the third annual Ira Byock and Yvonne Corbeil Award for Innovation and Collaboration in Delivering The Best Care Possible.

We are looking for nominations of individuals, teams and organizations in Northern New England which have demonstrated innovation and collaboration to:

  • Improve quality
  • Expand access, and/or
  • Increase efficiency

in delivering the best end-of-life care possible to New Hampshire residents. 
You can learn more about the award and past recipients here.

Ira Byock and Yvonne Corbeil Award Winner Mary Braun
Mary Braun, left, receives the award, presented by Janice McDermott (center) and NHHPCO President Carla Braveman (right)

Download the nomination form and email it by April 24, 2014.

The award will be presented to the winner at the NHHPCO Annual Meeting on Friday June 5, 2015. In addition, the recipient's work will be recognized through state and national press releases, on the NHHPCO website and at the 2015 NHHPCO annual conference.

Renew Your NHHPCO Membership

Renew your annual NHHPCO Membership today and support the only organization dedicated to strengthening care for New Hampshire residents with advanced illness.

Your membership allows us to maintain and strengthen quality end of life by working with our statewide colleagues on access to care, education and advocacy. Last year, we joined forces with the NH Healthcare Decisions Coalition to make sure that legislation enhancing advanced care planning law was revised to include surrogate decision making. We were a central participant in the Commission to study Palliative Care. We worked hard to actively and widely promote POLST. We partnered with the NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration and UNH students in order to improve access to spiritual care at end of life.

As a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization we depend on membership dues, donations and fundraising as our sole means of income. We have decided not to raise our dues this year. Instead, we ask you to encourage your colleagues and community partners to join NHHPCO, in order to broaden our reach throughout the state and help maintain low dues for all.

Please download our membership form and return it with dues payment by March 20th. Don't be left out!

2015 Membership Benefits include:

  • The Hospice News Network. This weekly email publication is available only to state hospice association members and contains the latest information affecting our industry.
  • Discounted education events including the Annual Fall Conference.
  • Opportunity to post job openings on the NHHPCO website.
  • The ability to collaborate with colleagues on common goals to ensure a collective voice on the issues that matter in our state.
  • Coming soon — an interactive blog for members to participate on our website.

Individual Membership

Sustaining Membership

Palliative Care Provider Membership

For Hospice Provider Membership forms, please contact Janice McDermott at jmcdermott@nhhpco.org or call 603-415-4298.

Thank you for your support.

What to expect in 2015

Hospice Action Network has provided an action-packed whiteboard talk about the highlights of last year and what to expect in the coming months. It's nine minutes of essential viewing for anyone with an interest in hospice and palliative care.

NHHPCO wishes you a happy holiday season!

Thanks to your support, our successes in 2014 include:

  • Raising $7,500 through our annual Golf Tournament, which will go towards supporting our mission to improve access and quality of end-of-life care in NH.
  • Awarding the second annual Ira Byock and Yvonne Corbeil award for innovation and collaboration to Dr Mary Braun of Home Health & Hospice Care in Merrimack and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Manchester.
  • Visiting the offices of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Rep. Ann Kuster and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter to discuss revising the CMS criteria. Capitol Hill listened, and temporarily lifted implementation of current Part D and hospice guidance, allowing hospice advocates and policymakers to work toward a better solution.
  • Providing Hospice and Palliative Care (CHPNA) certification preparation to over fifty LNAs.
  • Hosting the 19th Annual Fall Conference: A Conversation for Everyone: Common Goals, Individual Perspectives.
  • Participating in the NH Healthcare Decisions Coalition to promote POLST and ACP legislation.
  • Working at the frontlines to support the creation of a NH Palliative Care Center.
  • Exploring spiritual care as an essential component of palliative care in partnership with UNH Manchester students and the NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration.

Throughout the year we have seen hospice and palliative care play an increasingly central role in the national discussion on healthcare, and that trend looks set to continue through 2015.

I look forward to working harder than ever with you and other NHHPCO supporters, dedicated board members, sponsors, and volunteers, as well as hospice and palliative care providers to ensure that patients and their families throughout New Hampshire have access to excellent hospice and palliative care and related services.

Best wishes in 2015 –
Janice McDermott
Executive Director

Thanks for attending our 2014 Annual Conference!

Dr Alan Kono, a featured presenter at this year's event.   Dr Mary Braun, winner of the 2014 Ira Byock & Yvonne Corbeil Award.
We are grateful to all of our attendees for bringing such good energy and enthusiasm to the event. Thanks also to our sponsors for making this day possible, and to our exhibitors who brought wonderful information, services and 'goodies' to share.     

Emerging Issues

NHHPCO on The Hill

Kelly Ayotte with NHHPCO members    NHHPCO visited the offices of Sen. Shaheen, Sen. Ayotte, Rep. Kuster and Rep. Shea-Porter as part of the NHPCO Advocacy Intensive on Wednesday June 18th in Washington DC. Joining us were Lynne Randall, MSW from Home Health & Hospice Care, Laurie Farmer, MSW, V.P. of Hospice for Concord Regional VNA, and Beth Slepian, PT, VP Education and Clinical Compliance, Concord Regional VNA.
Senator Kelly Ayotte (center) with Janice McDermott, Lynne Randall, Laurie Farmer, and Beth Slepian    

To better understand this complicated issue visit the Hospice Action Network website. Our Regulatory Page has more on the revised guidelines.