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Hospice Medicare Update

July 29, 2013

Medicare has recently modified eligibility criteria for hospice services effective immediately.   Key changes include: Medicare no longer accepts claims using the primary diagnosis of debility and decline/failure to thrive, or associated diagnoses (codes 780-799). Supporting documentation must now be submitted with the claim supporting the terminal diagnosis. The question that must be answered is: What is going to take the patient’s life? This determines the terminal diagnosis. Providence Hospice has created a pocket guide with the new Medicare guidelines and a score sheet to help you determine hospice eligibility. When referring, please use this guide to determine diagnosis or reasons for debility. Include all supporting co-morbid conditions contributing to the patient’s disease trajectory. Providence Hospice staff is available to assist with any questions you may have regarding hospice referrals or to deliver hard copies of any of the attached tools. For assistance please call our office at 541-732-6500. On-call staff is available after hours and on weekends, as needed. We appreciate your partnership as we navigate these changes. We look forward to serving you, your patients and their families.  Download the Hospice pocket guide Download the Hospice guidelines tip sheet

Wanted: A loving, compassionate heart for hospice

May 20, 2013

What does it take to be a Providence Hospice volunteer? No experience is necessary, just a loving and compassionate heart and a willingness to offer four hours a week to help families and patients who are struggling with a life-limiting or terminal illness.

2012 Providence Festival of Trees benefits palliative care and Swindells Resource Center

December 17, 2012

Southern Oregon's 2012 Providence Festival of Trees grossed more than $487,100 to benefit palliative care and Swindells Resource Center.

Providence Home Health rated among top in the U.S.

November 07, 2012

For the fifth consecutive year, Providence Home Health has been named a top home care provider in HomeCare Elite’s annual compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the U.S.

New technology at PMMC offer early warning system

August 26, 2012

The new Modified Early Warning System, or MEWS, was launched at Providence Medford Medical Center in mid-July. The primary purpose of MEWS is to ensure swift intervention or transfer of critically ill patients, resulting in lower morbidity and mortality for our patients. Using a computer algorithm that runs behind the scenes, MEWS monitors vital signs and pages the unit charge nurse if a patient’s score reaches a specified threshold. Nurses then reassess the patient, notify the attending physician and follow a response-and-monitoring protocol. This automated alert comes directly from the electronic health record system currently in place at PMMC.

Providence receives grant to expand Palliative Care Program

August 24, 2012

With help from a Cambia Health Foundation grant, Providence Medford Medical Center is expanding its palliative care program to provide the full continuum of care. The interdisciplinary team is led by Medical Director Susan Kohler, M.D., and consists of a palliative care nurse practitioner, case managers and spiritual care chaplains. Providence currently offers palliative care on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The grant provides funding to expand the program and to help educate patients, families and physicians on the value of this extra support.

Hospice is about living

December 21, 2011

Butch Naumes was heartbroken when he said goodbye to his brother, Patrick Naumes. Their family found solace in sharing quality time at the end with Patrick, who spent his last days in the care of Providence Home Health and Hospice, and family members say they are thankful for the care hospice provides.

Stitching Together Threads of Hope: Prayer Shawls Comfort Hospice Patients

December 15, 2011

It’s a labor of love and hope for Mary Mullins. The 87-year-old resident of The Dalles, Ore., spends her free time weaving yarn into shawls and hats for patients in need.