NEBRASKA HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE ASSOCIATION
About The Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association
The Nebraska Hospice and Palliative Care Association is a statewide partnership that exists to improve the quality of life for all Nebraskans who have chronic conditions or are near the end of life and to support the various communities who care for them. Hospice provides care for all ages and includes a team of professionals to provide support: a doctor, nurse, social worker, chaplain (if desired), other specialists as needed and volunteers.
Programs & Services Offered
- Find a Hospice tool allows visitors to search for NHPCA hospice members by county, city or ZIP code, and provides a map marked with hospices located in the specified area.
- Advocacy: NHPCA staff and members attend National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s Capitol Hill Day in Washington, D.C., every year to advocate for hospice and palliative care at the national level.
- Education: NHPCA provides handouts and resources to help people determine if they or a loved one are ready for hospice care. NHPCA also provides resources for physicians related to end-of-life care.
- Annual “Living a Good Life… at the End of Life” Conference features a trade show, education sessions, and awards banquet, to provide hospice and palliative care professionals with networking opportunities, continuing education and recognition for their important work. NHPCA awards six scholarships annually for hospice professionals to attend the “Living a Good Life…at the End of Life” Conference.
- Professional workshops and webinars.
- Nebraska End-of-Life Survey Report.
- “Hospice lets me be…” Outreach Campaign. The outreach campaign focuses on real-life stories to promote hospice benefits, awareness and connect people with resources.
- NHPCA is a founding member of the Quality Partners initiative of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and is a primary provider of regulatory and billing information to Nebraska’s hospices.
- In partnership with the Department of Veteran Affairs, NHPCA leads the Nebraska Hospice-Veteran Partnership to ensure Nebraska’s veterans near the end of life receive the best care possible. As part of this work, NHPCA coordinates the gathering of data from its hospice members on veteran usage of hospice, and works to educate veterans and their families about hospice community outreach and marketing. The Nebraska Hospice-Veteran Partnership Annual Workshop and Meeting brings together hospice professionals for education and networking regarding end-of-life care for our veterans in Nebraska.
Did You Know?
- Every year, more than 8,000 people receive hospice services in Nebraska.
- According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ most recent (2014) Medicare claims data, in Nebraska:
- 25% of hospice admissions are related to cancer
- 23% of hospice admissions are related to dementia
- 19% of hospice admissions are related to circulatory ailments/heart disease
- According to the 2017 Nebraska End-of-Life Survey Report:
- 95% of respondents said they’ve heard of hospice services, and 37% said they’ve heard of palliative care
- 92% of respondents said they will need someone to know what they want then they die
- 29% of respondents have completed a health care power of attorney
- 70% of respondents are afraid of dying painfully
- 84% of respondents are comfortable with talking about death
You Can Help
- $10 provides a hospice agency with 100 Palliative Scale worksheets to help Nebraska families determine if their loved ones are ready for hospice care.
- $25 puts packets on end-of-life care in the waiting rooms of five family practice physicians.
- $50 gives all Nebraska legislators a copy of the Nebraska End-of-Life Survey Report.
- $170 provides a scholarship for a hospice professional to attend the “Living a Good Life…at the End of Life” Conference.
- $250 covers expenses related to airing hospice public service announcements on television stations across the state.
- $1,500 brings experts to an in-house workshop to train hospice professionals on managing symptoms of hospice patients.
Dollars at Work
- Six scholarships to the annual conference were awarded.
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