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.

Are You Ready for the NEW Criminal Background Check Rules?! 

 Implementation of the Georgia Long-term Care Background Check Program (O.C.G.A. § 31-7-350 et seq.)

begins October 1, 2019!

The Georgia Long-term Care Background Check Program requires fingerprint criminal background checks of owners, applicants for employment and direct access employees at the following long term care facilities: Adult Day Centers;  Intermediate Care Facilities; Assisted Living Communities;  Nursing Homes; Home Health Agencies;  Personal Care Homes; Private Home Care Providers and Hospices! 

The purpose of the new requirement is to exclude individuals with a criminal record from working with vulnerable older or disabled adults. 

See the complete details from DCH within the presentation found  HERE!



Medicare FY 2020 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Election Statement Changes

 Find the FY 2020 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update and Hospice Election Statement Updates  posted on the Federal Register Public Inspection desk by following this link.

 SUMMARY:  On July 31, 2019, the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) released the Final FY 2020 hospice payment rule. The final rule includes an increase in payment rates for Continuous Home Care (CHC), Inpatient Respite Care (IRC), and General Inpatient Care (GIP), and a reduction in routine home care (RHC) rates as a result of rebasing.  Additionally, the rule includes changes to the hospice election statement which include a new requirement for an addendum to the election statement that outlines the drugs, services and other items the hospice will not cover, as well as changes to the hospice quality reporting program. 


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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