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 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 centeris 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.
Meet Kathy Barton!!!
Kathy Barton, RN, BSN, CHPN has a great passion for hospice care. She has been a hospice nurse for several years, and has practiced in several states. Kathy has worked in multiple roles as a hospice nurse including RN Case Manager, Admission Nurse, Marketing and Community Education, regional staff education, and regional hospice consultant. She currently serves as the Quality Assurance Performance Improvement nurse at Heyman Hospice Care. Kathy works with the Regional Health Care Coalition for Emergency Preparedness, as well as serves as a board member for the Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. When Kathy is not at work, she immensely enjoys spending time with her adorable 4 grandchildren, and their parents.
Because palliative care is not a place, it may be difficult to locate a provider of this kind of care in your geographic area. We are gathering a simple directory that lists the name and contact information for palliative care providers throughout the state of Georgia. These providers may be hospitals, outpatient clinics or cancer centers and they have developed a formal palliative care program based on national standards of palliative care. (Directory to be posted soon!)