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

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Oregon Hospice and Palliative Care Association. Your membership in the association enables us to meet the challenges we face together— perhaps this year more than ever!

It is a challenging time to be working in hospice and palliative care! Even during a pandemic, 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:

  • We have worked diligently this spring to keep up with the ever-changing rules, waivers and guidance documents published by CMS, HHS, the CDC and the state. It has been our goal to focus on the details and then to share the information providers need to know in caring for patients and families during this Public Health Emergency.
  • We participate regularly in advocacy efforts on behalf of providers. For example, we have advocated that some of the waivers granted during the PHE be made permanent, such as the use of Telehealth for completion of face-to-face recertification visits.
  • We continue to offer regular networking opportunities to regulatory/QAPI staff and to hospice volunteer coordinators. Early on during the PHE we initiated a weekly meeting for program leaders to network, share and help each other navigate through this unprecedented time. This group will continue as a monthly networking meeting. This month we expanded our monthly networking calls to include hospice physicians and nurse practitioners.
  • Our monthly regulatory networking calls continue to feature a “Quick Bites” slide show about a regulatory topic of interest and which can be shared with staff at hospice programs.
  • We continue to work with our lobbyist to discuss options for bills favorable to hospice and palliative care services for the 2021 legislative session. This may again include sponsoring a bill to require the Oregon Health Authority to cover palliative care services under Medicaid. Our public policy committee will be meeting over the summer to plan our agenda and activities for the 2021 legislative session. We welcome new members to the committee!
  • We offered our members the opportunity to attend two complimentary webinars this spring: “Spreading Kindness, Not Corona” by Linda Cohen in May and “A Conversation with Barbara Karnes” in early June.
  • While we have had to cancel our Spring Intensive: Regulatory Update conference and our Professional Practices Exchange conference this year, we are busy planning educational webinars for our members this fall.
  • I serve on the NHPCO Regulatory and “Council of States” Steering Committees, the NGS Provider Outreach and Education Advisory Group and am a member of the Oregon Coalition for Living Well with Serious Illness. Each of these groups provide more opportunities to network and to gain useful information to share with our members!
  • I continue to serve as a member of the Oregon Palliative Care and Quality of Life Advisory Panel as well as on the Advance Directive Adoption Committee as we strive to simplify and improve the form used in Oregon. We hope to present an updated draft of the form for consideration during the 2021 legislative session.

I know I have commented that the past several years continued to bring a record number of regulatory changes in hospice. But nothing in the past could compare to the challenges hospice and palliative care programs have faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. When life returns to “normal”, we know that we will 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 the “usual” challenges in providing care for dying Oregonians and their families. First we must continue to address the challenges of providing hospice and palliative care during the Public Health Emergency.

Our goal remains to help you lead through the challenges.  Our small size means that we can be both flexible and available to you—our members. It is our goal to:

  • Be available to you when you need us, including for regulatory support and guidance.
  • Be responsive to your requests.
  • Keep you informed about our complex industry and the changes being proposed.
  • Provide great education and networking opportunities.
  • Advocate for your interests with external stakeholders who have the power to affect our work.

We continue to work on improving our website in an effort to better serve both the public and our member hospices. 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: mccauley@oregonhospice.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 Oregon Hospice & Palliative Care Association Professional Provider member for 2020-2021. Thank you for your many contributions to people in our state.

Best regards,

Barb Hansen, MA, RN

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Additional Categories of Membership

  • Associate Members (corporations, organizations, agencies, divisions, or businesses that have an interest in hospice and palliative care). Member benefits include discounted registration rates at Oregon Hospice & Palliative Care Association 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 conferences and events, subscription to weekly Hospice News Network, inclusion on mailing list for educational opportunities, fundraising events, etc.

Associate Member

Associate Members are corporations, organizations, agencies, divisions, or businesses that have an interest in hospice and palliative care.

Dues: $200 per Year

Individual Member

Individual Members are individuals that have an interest in hospice and palliative care.

Dues: $50 per Year