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Notice to Submit Comments for State of Missouri Hospice Rule

  Anyone may file a statement in support of or in opposition to this proposed amendment with Lisa Coots, Administrator, Bureau of Home Care and Rehabilitative Standards, Department of Health and Senior Services, Division of Regulation and Licensure, PO Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102 or at To be considered, comments must be received within thirty (30) days after publication of this notice in the Missouri Register. No public hearing is scheduled. To read the Missouri Register click here.  

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Coroner Bill

Governor Signs Coroner Bill Into Law COLUMBIA — On Monday, July 6, 2020 Governor Mike Parson signed HB 2046. Inside the omnibus bill was coroner training reform Jay Minor’s been working toward for years. Minor has been fighting for justice for his son, Jayke, who died in 2011. A 2018 KOMU Target 8 Investigation detailed a flawed autopsy from the Howard County Coroner, who ruled his cause of death to be a drug overdose solely due to Jayke’s history. The new law will update training requirements. Click here to read the full story.

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AGG Hospice CMS Quarterly Report

CMS Announces Hospice Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19 CMS has announced a series of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules to provide hospice providers with flexibility to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The goals of these actions are to expand the healthcare system workforce; ensure adequate capacity in hospitals and health systems; increase access to telehealth in Medicare; expand in-place testing; and put patients before paperwork. These exibilities include the following: Medicare Telehealth and Telecommunications Technology. Hospice providers can provide services to a Medicare patient through telecommunications technology (e.g., remote patient monitoring; telephone calls (audio only and TTY); and two-way audio-video…

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COVID-19 Information Update Hospice Staff Curfew Letter (please show if you get stopped by police after hours) Brochure Caring for a sick person at Home – Coronavirus  Link to the National Coalition of Hospice & Palliative Care page You can now view the COVID-19 Provider Billing/Telehealth Presentation on the MO HealthNet training information page. For provider and policy issues regarding MHD Clinical Services Programs, including Pharmacy, The Missouri Rx Plan (MORx), Psychology, Exceptions, and Medical Precertifications, email us at: Questions and comments regarding any other issues should be directed to: The COVID-19 hotline number is 877-435-8411. Missouri Medicaid has offered for MHPCA to answer any questions…

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Legislative Corner

Hospice Death HB1435 PERFECTED – Rep. Dan Houx – The bill specified that, when a death occurs under the care of a hospice, no investigation shall be required if the death is certified by the treating physician of the deceased or the medical director of the hospice as a natural death due to disease or diagnosed illness. The hospice must give written notice to the coroner or medical examiner within 24 hours of the death (Sections 58.451 and 58.720) VIEW CURRENT STATUS » HB1435 changes the statutes regarding the procedures to follow upon the death of a hospice patient. This…

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Missouri Hospice & Palliative Care Association Incorporated is now a charity on AmazonSmile

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