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.


2019 Annual Clinical and Leadership Conference:

GHPCO Celebrates the Heroes of Hospice and Palliative Care


Each year, GHPCO strives to create an annual educational conference focused on leadership and clinical topics from a variety of local, regional and national experts.  This year’s theme, “GHPCO Celebrates the Heroes of Hospice and Palliative Care” provides a broad platform from which to honor our hospice and palliative care heroes and discuss the changes in our system of care delivery which includes palliative medicine and hospice care. How do we acknowledge our “Heroes” who maintain regulatory compliance while providing end-of-life care? What is the reality of providing care to people who are living with advanced illness and experiencing dying? How do we honor the heroes who enhance our reputation with patients and their families while meeting the demands of hospice and palliative medicine?  Hospice and Palliative Care Heroes consistently meet the standards related to the principles of leadership, care delivery, process improvement, quality, and ethics and thereby are essential to enhancing the quality and effectiveness of care.

Join us at the GHPCO Annual Clinical and Leadership Conference in celebration of our industry as we seek to provide the highest quality hospice and palliative care services throughout Georgia.

Date:  Wednesday, February 20, 2019 – Friday, February 22, 2019


 Pre-conference Track Options on February 20, 2019 include:

Palliative Care Pre-conference


Palmetto GBA Updates Session

Main Conference on February 21 – February 22, 2019

Opening Plenary Speaker February 21, 2019

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, CSP, The Inspiration Nurse and Author of Falling Together-How to Find Balance, Joy, and Meaningful Change When your Life Seems to be Falling Apart

Closing Plenary Speaker February 22, 2019 

Nancy Weill, The Laugh Factory


UGA Hotel and Conference Center

1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602

See map: Google Maps

Sponsors:  All sponsors can be found at the Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization web site.




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 Donna Morgan!


Donna Morgan, CEO at Columbus Hospice of Georgia and Alabama

Donna is an experienced, professional nurse executive with proven expertise in hospice and palliative care clinical and administrative operations. Provides clear vision and objectives for clinical and administrative teams to achieve desired outcomes, with a strong focus on communication, process improvement and compliance. Passion is personified in lifelong learning, teaching, and mentorship.