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Palliative Pupus
July 15

Please join us (today Wed. July 15) for Palliative Pupus.  

This month's case involves an otherwise healthy 59 year old who has elected to stop dialysis after 20 years. 

Come hear this interactive interdisciplinary story from the cutting edge of hospice and palliative care and mingle with colleagues.   

Wed. July 15, 2015
5:15 to 7:00 PM
The Queens Conference Center (QCC) Room 200
510 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96813

Please bring some pupus to share and invite your colleagues. This is a great chance for people who wonder what palliative and hospice care really looks like as we describe and discuss a real person and their journey.

Please note Palliative Pupus participants: There is FREE parking after 4 PM in the municipal lot on South Beretania, just Diamond Head of Queen's. See our website for a map.
Proposed Rule would Reimburse Physicians for Advance Care Planning Conversations

(July 8, 2015: Alexandria, Va) - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule that makes the two advance care planning codes established in FY2015 "active" and begins the process of allowing physicians to code and be paid for advance care planning discussions they have with their patients.  The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization enthusiastically supports this new proposed rule, and plans to comment on the great value of having these important and complicated conversations with Medicare beneficiaries. 

In the CY2015 final rule, published late in 2014, the CPT Editorial Panel established two codes for physicians to document advance care planning conversations, one code for the first 30 minutes, and a second add-on code for additional 30 minute conversations.  However, in the CY2015 final rule, reimbursement was not attached. 

With the release of this proposed rule, CMS is indicating that the establishment of payment rates for advance care planning conversations between physicians and patients can begin as early as January 1, 2016 and that physicians  will receive payment for these important physician-patient conversations around advance directives and discussions around patient goals of care.

More on the NHPCO website  

Register now for the last seats available 7/21-23 Virtual 2015 Palliative Care Conference

Virtual Conference 2015: Clinical Advances in the Art and Science of Care.

This excellent national conference is designed to advance the provision of innovative, evidence-based, exceptional hospice and palliative care.

The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) and National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) will host the Virtual Conference.

July 21 - 23, 2015
Honolulu location TBA

This conference is brought to you for free through the generous support of HMSA and Kokua Mau. You can save the cost of travel and participate in a national conference to increase your skills and knowledge and qualify for continuing education credits. 

You will need to register to participate to make sure you get access to the conference handouts and coffee in the morning during the conference.

As we did in the past we will meet at a central location and watch the live web-broadcast together. Details on when and where to follow.

Please note: The way the software is set up by ConstantContact, you will have to register for each day separately. Since we need an accurate head count, you will have to register three times, if you want to participate in the entire conference.

Thur. 7/30 Kokua Mau Meeting

'The next Kōkua Mau monthly meeting will be Thur. July 30 at St. Francis. Monthly meetings are open to all. Please join us.

This is one of the rare months with 5 Thursdays. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Conference Room 224
Weinberg Building
St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawai'i
2226 Liliha Street in Honolulu

Join us for other local updates and please let Jeannette know if you have items for the agenda. 

Parking is validated and click here for a map and further details.  There will be real coffee and refreshments as well.


Aloha United Way and Kokua Mau

Great news! 

We are very excited to report that for the first time, Kōkua Mau is participating in this year's Aloha United Way Campaign

If your employer participates in the Aloha United Way Campaign, you can direct your AUW contribution specifically to Kōkua Mau - by using our designation number 80410 on the Donor Designation Form (or the new online version). 

Please tell your colleagues, friends and loved ones who might be part of an AUW campaign as well. The coconut wireless is still the best way to spread the word about this new opportunity for Kōkua Mau.

We are honored to be included in the AUW 'Ohana joining many valuable organizations that are making a real difference in Hawai'i. 
Best wishes,

Jeannette Koijane
Executive Director
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