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.



CMS clarifies the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule

4/27/17 Update - CMS clarified that the effective date of the final rule is 11/15/16, and the implementation date is November 15, 2017.

This means that providers are expected to have completed the following by 11/15/17:

  • All of the staff training requirements;
  • Participation in a full-scale exercise that is community-based or when a community-based exercise is not accessible, an individual, facility-based exercise;  
  • Conduct an additional exercise that may include, but is not limited to the following:  
    • A second full-scale exercise that is individual, facility-based.  
    • A tabletop exercise that includes a group discussion led by a facilitator, using a narrated, clinically-relevant emergency scenario, and a set of problem statements, directed messages, or prepared questions designed to challenge an emergency plan.

Non-compliance will result in survey deficiencies via the established survey process.

CMS is still working on developing the Interpretive Guidelines for the emergency preparedness CoP (418.113)  and advised providers on the call not to wait for their distribution to become compliant with all requirements. 

Find a link to the full CMS slide set from the webinar below



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!