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Governor Mike Parsons vetos MO Coroner Bill HB 447

Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association has worked for a number of years to pass legislation to allow hospices in Missouri to pronounce without contacting the coroner for a hospice death. The hospice medical director would sign the death certificate and send it to the proper authorities. This law would allow coroners to make calls that are necessary and not be tied up going to patients that are receiving hospice care. During the 2019 State Legislative session, the Missouri House and Missouri Senate overwhelmingly approved House Bill 447. Champions in the House were Rep. Jim Neely (RCameron) and Rep. Dan…

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2018 Prison Hospice HFO Grant

Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Receives Grant for Prison Hospice Program Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association is pleased to announce the organization has received a grant from Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks for its Prison Hospice Program that covers all correctional facilities within the State of Missouri. The grant will run 2018-2019 for the term of one year. The MHPCA Prison Hospice Program held its first Prison Hospice Training in May of 2015. Since that time the program has held sixteen trainings teaching over 300 offenders throughout the Missouri Prison System. Trainers are volunteer…

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2017 Prison Hospice HFO Grant

Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Receives Grant for Prison Hospice Program Jefferson City, MO– The Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association is pleased to announce the organization has received a grant from Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks for a Prison Hospice Training at South Central Correctional Center – SCCC in Licking Missouri. South Central Correctional Center is located in Texas County and is part of the Ozarks. The MHPCA Prison Hospice Program held its first Prison Hospice Training in May of 2015. Since that time they have held eleven trainings throughout the Missouri Prison System. Trainers are volunteer hospice staff…

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Missouri Hospice Medicaid Trending Study

The Missouri Hospice Medicaid Project Trending Study

MO Hospice Association Completes Second Year Trending Study Affirms the Important Need for Hospice in State Medicaid Programs Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association (MHPCA) recently released a trending Hospice Medicaid study that affirms the cost benefits of maintaining hospice care in Medicaid programs across the nation. The Missouri Hospice Medicaid Study clearly indicates that hospice actually reduces spending for Medicaid beneficiaries as well as reduces total costs to Medicaid. Those dying while under the care of hospice over the two year study had total Medicaid mean costs that were 42% (2011) and 41% (2012)…

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Prison Hospice Training

Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association helps MoDOC implement New Hospice Training Program On May 15, 2015, the Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association in partnership with the Missouri Department of Corrections launched a comprehensive hospice training that will positively impact those affected by end of life in the prison population. This first training for offenders, who volunteer their time to care for the terminally ill, was held at the Jefferson City Correctional Center in Jefferson City, Missouri. This ground breaking training was developed by a small, dedicated group of Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care experts, in coordination with MoDOC…

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End of Life Education for the Nurse Assistant

End of Life Care Providers Get New Online Resource Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Hospice and Palliative Care Association (MHPCA) recently launched a new online training for end of life care providers. End of Life Education for the Nurse Assistant or EDNA is a nine module web-based curriculum for end of life care and the only program specifically developed for nurse assistants. Nurse assistants are the largest group of front line workers in the healthcare setting and spend more time with life limited patients than any other healthcare provider. Their preparedness for end of life careis fundamental in a…

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The Missouri Hospice Medicaid Project

Missouri Hospice Association Completes Ground-Breaking Study Affirms Need for Hospice in State Medicaid Programs Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association (MHPCA) recently released a study that affirms the cost benefits of maintaining hospice care in Medicaid programs across the nation. The Missouri Hospice Medicaid Study clearly indicates that hospice actually reduces spending for Medicaid beneficiaries as well as reduces total costs to Medicaid. Those dying while under the care of hospice had total Medicaid costs that were 45% lower than that of patients who died in the hospital. Hospice users spent a total of $126,000…

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