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Announcements
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Disaster Preparedness Toolkit Now Available »
Effective November 16, 2017 home health, hospice and other Medicare and Medicaid-participating providers must meet extensi...
Friday, September 15, 2017
CMS Reveals New Medicare Card Design »
Removing Social Security numbers strengthens fraud protections for about 58 million Americans Today, the Centers for Me...
Friday, July 21, 2017
Friday, February 12, 2016
AzDHS - Influenza Status & Resources »
Influenza activity has been increasing in Arizona. This week, the Arizona Department of Health Services categorized influe...

Regulatory
Saturday, September 2, 2017
PEPPERs Available - HHAs and Hospices »
I work for TMF Health Quality Institute which is contracted with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to devel...
Friday, August 4, 2017
FY2018 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule »
On August 1, 2017, the Federal Register posted the FY2018 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule for public inspection. Download...
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
CMS Updates Medicare Payment Rates, Quality Reporting Requirements »
CMS issued three final rules outlining 2018 Medicare payment rates for skilled nursing facilities, hospice , and inpatien...
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Final Rule on Changes to Medicare Appeals Process »
HHS published a final rule on January 17, 2017 that addressed public comments and finalizes changes to the Medicare benefi...
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers »
After a three year period, the final rule for Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating...

Member Updates
Friday, August 12, 2016
Member Update Published (Aug 2016) »
The August 2016 issue of the Member Update is now available - click here ** to view the Member Updates page.  ...

Public Policy
Friday, July 11, 2014
NHPCO Meets with CMS Hospice Payment Policy Staff »
The Arizona Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization...

Healthcare Alerts
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Enhanced Surveillance Advisory Issued to Track Opioid Morbidity and Mortality - Reporting Reqs »
On June 5, 2017, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey declared a  Public Health State of Emergency   due to the opioid ep...
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Measles Cases Confirmed in Arizona - DHS Posts Recommendations »
The Arizona Department of Health Services, Maricopa County Department of Public Health, and Pinal County Public Health Ser...

Quality
Friday, July 31, 2015   (0 Comments - view/add)
CMS Publishes Q&A for HIS »
CMS has published the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP) Hospice Item Set (HIS) Questions and Answers...
Friday, July 11, 2014
CMS Hospice Item Set Manual »
The Arizona Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization...
Friday, July 11, 2014
CMS Hospice Item Set Fact Sheet »
The Arizona Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization...

State Updates
Friday, October 6, 2017
Opioid Crisis - Reporting Requirement Extended »
Recent data has revealed that in 2016, more than two Arizonans died each day due to opioid-related causes, with a tripling...
Monday, August 1, 2016
Call for Presentations »
AHPCO is now accepting presentations submissions for our upcoming Conferences. Click Here to submit your presentation!
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Arizona Board of Nursing Announces Changes for CNAs »
The Arizona Board of Nursing recently announced it will be changing it's regulatory model to include 2 levels of nursing a...
Thursday, May 29, 2014   (0 Comments - view/add)

National Update
Monday, August 1, 2016
Final FY2017 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Issued »
On July 29, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule (CMS-1652-F) that updates fis...
Friday, September 15, 2017
CMS issued the FY2018 rates for the Hospice Medicaid Benefit »
This week, CMS issued the FY2018 rates for the Hospice Medicaid benefit.  Click here  to see the official CMS no...
Thursday, August 31, 2017
Social Security Number Removal »
In an effort to combat identity theft, CMS is readying an initiative that removes Social Security numbers from Medicare ca...
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
DOL Publishes Final Rule on Overtime »
Effective Dec 1, 2016, employees who have a salary of less than $47,476 will no longer be exempt from overtime. This is a...
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Care Planning Act Gives Patients Facing Serious Illness More of a Voice in Their Care »
The Arizona Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is a member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization...

more Calendar

12/5/2017
Hospice Quality - Comprehensive Assessment Tool, Public Reporting & Star Rating (Webinar)

12/7/2017
Honoring Veteran Program Partnerships (Webinar $149*)

1/9/2018
Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Hospice: Are You in Compliance? (Webinar $149*)

1/11/2018
Hospice & Facilities Contractual Relationships: Actions to Take & Traps to Avoid (Webinar $149*)

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