Professional Provider Membership
Thank you for your ongoing support of the Oregon Hospice and Palliative Care Association. Your membership in the Association enables us to meet the continuing challenges we face together. It’s a busy and exciting time to be working in Hospice and Palliative Care! We remain committed to being an organization which grows and changes to offer more support and services to all of our members. Here are a few of our recent activities and plans for the future:
- In our first year of directly sponsoring bills in the Oregon Legislature we were able to get two bills passed: SB 177 and SB 178! SB 177 removes the requirement that hospices must be licensed as an “in home services” provider in order to provide palliative care services to non-hospice patients. SB 178 allows surrogate decision makers to sign hospice election forms on behalf of terminally-ill patients who do not have an advance directive form or health care representative.
- We will continue to work with a Lobbyist group to get other bills favorable to hospice and palliative care services introduced and passed during the 2020 Legislative Session. This includes again sponsoring a bill to require the Oregon Health Authority to cover palliative care services under Medicaid.
- We initiated a “Public Policy” committee last fall and met weekly by conference call/web meeting during the 2019 legislative session. This committee will begin meeting again this summer as we plan our agenda and activities for 2020—and we welcome new members to the committee!
- We continue to offer regular networking opportunities to Hospice Volunteer Coordinators.
- We continue to offer monthly Inpatient Hospice manager and staff networking calls.
- We still have a goal to begin having Palliative Care Networking calls in the next year.
- Our monthly Regulatory networking calls now feature a “Quick Bites” slide show about a regulatory topic of interest and which can be shared with staff at hospice programs.
- We are continuing a joint-providership agreement with NHPCO to offer CME credits for physicians at our annual fall conference the “Professional Practices Exchange”.
- I am beginning year 2 of a 3 year term as a member of the Oregon Palliative Care and Quality of Life Advisory Panel and I was appointed by the governor in April to serve a four-year term on the Advance Directive Adoption Committee as we strive to simplify and improve the form used in Oregon.
The past several years brought a record number of regulatory changes in hospice. We continue to face the challenges of payment reform, ever-increasing scrutiny by the MACs and other CMS “subcontractors”, continued changes and expansion in quality reporting requirements as well as all the “usual” challenges in providing care for dying Oregonians and their families. We work closely with our colleagues at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, with the National Government Services Provider Outreach and Education Advisory Group and with the Council of States committee to stay abreast of current and proposed regulatory changes.
Our goal remains to help you lead through the challenges. It is our goal to:
- Be available to you when you need us, including technical support,
- Be responsive to your requests,
- Keep you informed about our complex industry and the changes being proposed,
- Provide great education and networking opportunities and
- Advocate for your interests with external stakeholders who have the power to affect our work.
To better serve both the public and our member hospices, we continue to work on improving our website. As stated last year, we want to continue to enhance it to be a dynamic resource for you. Meg McCauley, Director of Association Management, monitors our website daily. Please let her know if you have any suggestions or ideas for additional content or resources: firstname.lastname@example.org.
These are services and benefits you receive as a member of the Oregon Hospice & Palliative Care Association. For these reasons, we invite you to be an OHPCA Professional Provider Member for 2019-2020. Thank you for your many contributions to people in our state.
Barb Hansen, MA, RN
Additional Categories of Membership
- Associate Members (corporations, organizations, agencies, divisions, or out of state hospice providers that have an interest in hospice and palliative care or are developing hospice services). Member benefits include discounted registration rates at Oregon Hospice & Palliative Care Association and Washington State Hospice & Palliative Care Organization conferences and events, subscription to weekly Hospice News Network, inclusion on mailing list for educational opportunities, fundraising events, etc.
- Individual Members (individuals that have an interest in hospice and palliative care). Member benefits include discounted registration rates at Oregon Hospice & Palliative Care Association and Washington State Hospice & Palliative Care Organization conferences and events, subscription to weekly Hospice News Network, inclusion on mailing list for educational opportunities, fundraising events, etc.
Professional Provider Member
(with voting rights and privileges)
Professional Provider Members are corporations, agencies, or divisions who provide hospice and/or palliative care under a single CMS Provider Identification Number (Including identified multiple locations).
Dues Calculation: $300 + $4 per patient admissions
Associate Members are corporations, organizations, agencies, divisions, or out of state hospice providers that have an interest in hospice and palliative care or are developing hospice services.
Dues: $200 per Year
Individual Members are individuals that have an interest in hospice and palliative care.
Dues: $50 per Year