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CMS withdraws planned limits on hospice drugs in U.S.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2014

The CMS pulled its proposed restrictions of private insurance coverage for hospice drugs under Medicare because they were blocking some terminally ill patients' access to drugs. Prior approval for coverage of anxiety drugs, laxatives, anti-nauseants and analgesics would now be required instead of for all hospice drugs under Medicare Part D as announced in March. "Based on discussions with stakeholders, we are adjusting our rules so that beneficiaries enrolled in hospice will continue to have access to their medications," said CMS spokesman Raymond Thorn. Reuters (07/18) Hill, The (07/18)


Nursing homes create special hospice units

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief | Jul 25, 2014

Patients, advocates lobby for palliative care legislation

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief | Jul 25, 2014

Advanced cancer patients benefit from enhanced palliative care

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2014

What makes a good physician, according to patients

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief | Jul 25, 2014

"Alive Inside" shows power of music for dementia patients

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2014

Smith: PT may help some hospice patients improve function

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief | Jul 25, 2014

Studies show how spouse's death affects cognitive health

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief | Jul 25, 2014

2015 AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly Book Club

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2014

Poor parent-provider concordance seen in advanced pediatric cancer care

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief | Jul 23, 2014


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