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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), formerly the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), administers Medicare, Medicaid, related quality assurance programs, and other programs. It also makes certain that its beneficiaries are aware of the services for which they are eligible, that services are accessible, and that they are provided in an effective manner. CMS ensures that its policies and actions promote efficiency and quality within the total health care delivery system. Questions concerning Medicare or Medicaid can be made to the above number or sent by mail or electronic mail to the agency.

Review Date: July 06, 2011

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American Society of Consultant Pharmacists

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists was founded in 1969 to represent the interests of its members and promote safe and effective medication therapy for the nation's long-term care residents. ASCP members serve the full spectrum of long-term care settings, including nursing homes, subacute care and assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, facilities for the mentally retarded, correctional institutions, hospices, and home care.

Review Date: December 12, 2008

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Association for Death Education and Counseling

This is a multidisciplinary professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in death education, bereavement counseling, and care of the dying. Visit this organization's web site and get information on certification, browse the calendar of events, and access educational resources.

Review Date: February 09, 2009

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Cancer Care

Cancer Care is dedicated to helping people face the many challenges of a cancer diagnosis. Cancer Care provides free professional support services including counseling, education, financial assistance and practical help to people across the country. Since its inception in 1944, Cancer Care has offered help and hope to thousands of people with cancer, their family members and friends, as well as healthcare professionals. Cancer Care's services are available to people of all ages, with all types of cancer and at any stage of the disease. All services are provided by professional oncology social workers in three ways: online, on the telephone and face-to-face at Cancer Care locations.

Review Date: January 15, 2009

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Children's Hospice International

Children's Hospice International (CHI) was founded in 1983 as a non-profit organization to promote hospice support through pediatric care facilities -- providing support and resources for children with life-threatening conditions and their families. CHI also provides education, training and technical assistance (such as international conferences) to the health care professionals who care for this patient population.

Review Date: October 05, 2011

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Dream Foundation

This is a nonprofit organization that grants wishes to adults age 18 years and over, its mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals and families battling terminal illnesses. This organization serves all fifty states from one small office based in Santa Barbara, and a satellite office in Los Angeles.

Review Date: May 25, 2010

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Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association is a professional membership association, the purpose of which is to exchange information, experiences, and ideas; to promote understanding of the specialties of hospice and palliative nursing; and to study and promote hospice and palliative nursing research.

Review Date: February 09, 2009

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Hospice Education Institute

The Hospice Education Institute is a nonprofit organization that serves health and caring professionals and the general public. The Institute provides information about hospices and palliative care services, care for the terminally ill, bereavement counseling, and support and general information about death and dying. The Institute maintains a toll-free "Hospicelink" line which provides callers with the names and addresses of hospice and palliative care programs throughout the U.S. and answers questions about caring for the dying and the bereaved. It also maintains continuing education programs for health and caring professionals; and cooperative education programs on hospice care for high schools, colleges, and civic groups.

Review Date: May 31, 2011

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Hospice Foundation of America

Hospice Foundation of America (HFA) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide leadership in the development and application of hospice and its philosophy of care for terminally ill people, with the goal of enhancing the American health care system and the role of hospice within it. HFA meets it's mission by conducting programs for professional development, public education and information, participating in policy initiatives and fostering communication among those interested in end-of-life issues.

Review Date: March 28, 2011

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Hospice Patients Alliance, Inc.

Hospice Patients Alliance, Inc. (HPA) was formed by hospice staff and other health care professionals to promote quality hospice services for all patients, whether enrolled in a licensed hospice, residing at home or in a facility. HPA provides information about hospice services, directly assists patients, families and caregivers in resolving difficulties with hospice services, and promotes better quality hospice care throughout the United States.

Review Date: March 13, 2013

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National Association of Social Workers, Inc.

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) was founded in 1955 as a professional organization for social workers from a merger of seven predecessor organizations. It promotes the professional growth and development of its members, establishes and maintains professional standards of practice, and advances sound social policies and legislation. Major areas of concern include social work services, employment and economic support, health and mental health, education, human and civil rights, and quality assurance. NASW is also dedicated to the elimination of racism, sexism, and poverty.

Review Date: February 12, 2010

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National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end-of-life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones. NHPCO also works closely with other organizations that share an interest in end of life care.

Review Date: June 01, 2011

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Visiting Nurse Associations of America

The Visiting Nurse Associations of America (VNAA) is a national association that supports, promotes and advocates for community-based, nonprofit home health and hospice providers that care for all individuals regardless of complexity of condition or ability to pay. The association’s mission is to support, promote and advance the nation's network of VNAs, home healthcare and hospice providers who provide cost-effective and compassionate home healthcare to some of the nation's most vulnerable individuals, particularly the elderly and individuals with disabilities.

Review Date: November 25, 2011

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