Welcome to the Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization!

 GHPCO is here for you!
 The Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (GHPCO) website and online information center has recently relaunched and we hope you find our resources valuable and easy to access!  Our mission is “To promote quality hospice and palliative care throughout Georgia by providing information, education and advocacy.”  We at GHPCO are committed to helping everyone with an interest in or a need for hospice, palliative or end-of-life care find information and access to services through this avenue.


2018 Anthony Leatherwood Memorial Scholarship

               Anthony Leatherwood decided in the seventh grade that he was going to attend Georgia Tech and become an engineer. Throughout his schooling Anthony worked hard,     with unwavering focus and in 1990 his dream came true.  Initially, due to his love for computers, Anthony pursued a degree in computer engineering. While working towards this   goal, he started a part-time job with a durable medical equipment company. While delivering equipment to patients, Anthony realized what a blessing it was to be able to bring   comfort to people at end-of-life. This was the beginning of a healthcare career that would forever become his passion. After advancing within the medical equipment community,   Anthony learned of an opening with a local hospice organization, Vista Care Hospice. At that time he had no real idea of what “hospice” or “palliative” care meant, but he had an   eagerness to serve others and a passion for the terminally ill. In 2004, Anthony began his devotion to hospice and palliative care which would last until his untimely death in August   of 2012 at the young age of 41 in August of 2012. While serving as President of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Anthony was   diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. At the time of his passing Anthony was serving as the Executive Director of Gentiva Hospice.  As a hospice and palliative care   administrator, Anthony was able to share his passion of caring for patients and their families with others. He led his organization with character and a determination to see all   patients receive end-of-life care second to none with both compassion and dignity. As GHPCO Board President, Anthony was recognized as a true leader whose vibrant vision for   continued growth and vitality helped the organization flourish.  Anthony is survived by his loving wife, Stephanie, and two sons, Gavin and Harrison Leatherwood, along with many   family members and countless friends. 
 OBJECTIVE:  The mission of this scholarship is to further Anthony’s legacy and the passion that he had for hospice care.  The scholarship recipient will be awarded full attendance at the following Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Annual Conference, including the pre-conference sessions. In an effort to assist as many people as possible, the scholarship does not include lodging or meals; however, a discounted room rate is available through GHPCO on a first come first serve basis.
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS:  Georgia resident, Currently employed in the hospice and/or palliative care field (in good standing), Desires to remain in the hospice and/or palliative care field for duration of his/her career, Professional License in good standing (if applicable) 
Applications are due no later than December 15, 2017; download the application forms here: 2018 Anthony Leatherwood Scholarship




Medicare FY 2018 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements

Find the FY 2018 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Quality Reporting proposed rule posted on the Federal Register Public Inspection desk by following this link: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2017-08563.pdf

SUMMARY: This proposed rule would update the hospice wage index, payment rates, and cap amount for fiscal year (FY) 2018. Additionally, this rule proposes changes to the hospice quality reporting program, including proposing new quality measures, soliciting feedback on an enhanced data collection instrument, and describing plans to publicly display quality measures and other hospice data.  



CMS grants Hospice Quality Reporting Extensions and Exemption Requests...

 CMS grants exceptions to the quality reporting data submission deadlines to Medicare providers in several care settings adversely affected by the devastating impact of Hurricane Matthew, including Hospice. For the specified reporting quarter(s), affected providers will not be required to submit quality measure data to meet submission requirements.  See the full communication posted on the respective CMS QRP Reconsideration and Exception and Extension websites by clicking HERE


The Benefits of Membership

For more than 30 years, GHPCO has been serving the people of Georgia and the organizations that provide care to those with life-limiting illnesses, their family, friends and loved ones.  GHPCO and our member organizations honor the sacred trust that is placed in us to ensure that every Georgian has access to excellent pain and symptom management, and that their physical, spiritual and emotional concerns are addressed.  We strive always to support each individual’s right to receive care of the highest quality which allows them to die pain-free and with dignity.  With our members, we work to ensure that every family receives the support they need for themselves and their loved one. We invite you to use the menu at the top of this page to help you 

quickly find the resources you need.  Our information center 

is continually growing and being updated, so if you don’t find what you 
are looking for, take a moment to contact us and let us know.
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Meet Tim Poole!!!

Tim is on the Board of Directors for GHCPO. He has served at Heart of Georgia Hospice as Executive Director for the past 12 years. Located in Warner Robins, Heart of Georgia Hospice is an independent, non-profit hospice providing care to those in Houston and surrounding counties – serving the terminally ill there for over 32 years.

Prior to working in hospice administration, Tim worked for 20 years as an Engineer and Quality Engineering Manager for the Aerospace, Satellite Communications and Computer manufacturing fields. 

Tim and his wife Connie have been married for 31 years, and have 10 children and 1 grandchild.

Thank you Tim for taking the time out of your busy personal and professional life to do all that you do for GHPCO!