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 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.






[ATLANTA, GEORGIA] March 8, 2019 - We are very pleased to announce that Carol Babcock, MFT is this year's recipient of the Hero in Healthcare Ethics Award from the Healthcare Ethics Consortium.  Carol is the director Palliative Care and Healthy Communities at Navicent Health in Macon, Georgia.  She is the founding manager of the Center for Palliative Care at Navicent, chair of the hospital ethics committee, and created of an innovative, counselor-based palliative care program at Navicent.


In addition, Carol is a leader in the Hospice and Palliative Care community throughout Georgia and beyond, speaking at professional conferences and authoring articles based on her team approach to palliative care.  Carol is also an active participant in the Georgia POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) Collaborative.  For her extensive work in the ethical care of patients and families, the Healthcare Ethics Consortium is pleased to honor Carol.


The Healthcare Ethics Consortium is a community of healthcare professionals and organizations committed to keeping Ethics central to healthcare.  The Consortium seeks to champion compassionate, quality, person-centered healthcare through supporting ethical analysis and decision making, innovative education, policy analysis, and provision of opportunities for rich dialogue across diverse communities.  The Consortium is affiliated with the Emory University Center for Ethics.  The Hero in Healthcare Ethics award recognizes an individual or a group associated with a Healthcare Ethics Consortium partner organization for exemplary achievements in the field of healthcare ethics by fostering a culture of ethics within their healthcare organization and/or communities.


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2019 Annual Clinical and Leadership Conference Sponsors:

The GHPCO wants to sincerely thank our Sponsors! Without them we wouldn't be able to put on such an amazing conference!

Thank you!




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.