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									Around the Capitol
Sue Negreen, CAE, President/CEO
Medicare Hospice Rate Cut Stopped Temporarily
On	February	17,	2009,	President	Obama	signed	the	American	
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Thanks to the
hard work of hospice supporters around the country, led         Hospice Is Growing
by the National hospice and Palliative care Association
                                                                                                                                              nia Hospice Foundatio
                                                                According to the National hospice & Palliative care

(NhPco), this economic stimulus bill contained a one year                                                                                                          n
                                                                organization (NhPco) hospice utilization is growing. Based            C
moratorium on the first year of scheduled Medicare hospice
rate	cuts,	retroactive	to	October	1,	2008.		(The	planned	       on recently released national data from 2007:
rate cuts will eventually reduce hospice reimbursement          •	 38.8%	of	all	deaths	in	the	U.	S.	were	under	the	care	of	
rates	by	approximately	4.4%.)		This	one	year	moratorium	is	        hospice,	(an	increase	of	3.8%	over	2006.)
expected	to	add	back	about	$135	million	in	reimbursements	      •	 1.4	million	people	received	care	from	the	nation’s	4,700	
to hospice programs all across the country. The obama
administration has indicated their interest in re-looking
at these cuts planned by the former administration, and
                                                                   hospice providers.
                                                                •	 The	average	length	of	service	increased	to	67.4	days	(from	
                                                                                                                                             chF                                                                            Empowering People
                                                                   59.8	days	in	2006)	
NhPco and the state hospice associations will be working
with the new administration and legislators on this important
                                                                                                                                                                               Chairman’s Message
                                                                                                                                    Winter 2009
reimbursement issue.                                            Donate Your Vehicle                                                 California HospiCe
consumers play an important role in legislation, and your       Now there’s a new way for you to support the california             foundation Board of                        Jan Cetti
involvement can help insure adequate funding for hospice in     hospice Foundation. chF’s Vehicle Donation Program is now           trustees:
the future. if you would like to be added to the legislative                                                                                                                   i am pleased to report a couple of chF news items for the first quarter of 2009.
                                                                up and running! The program accepts most vehicles and vessels       Jan Cetti, Chairman
alerts we distribute via email, let us know. send your email                                                                                                                   First, chF has a new President and chief executive officer, susan Negreen, who
                                                                including cars, trucks, trailers, boats, and RV’s; running or not   San Diego, CA
address to Marcie Larkey at                                                                                                                            took the reins on December 3, 2008. We look forward to many new ideas and
                                                                (exceptions include older vehicles when the value would not         Mary Taverna, Vice Chairman
                                                                                                                                                                               initiatives as she settles in to her new position. one new initiative is the second item
                                                                offset the cost of towing.) Just call the california hospice        Larkspur, CA
Together, we can make hospice services available to those                                                                                                                      i want to report. chF has received a grant from the National hospice and Palliative
                                                                Foundation and arrangements to pick up your vehicle will be         Scott German, Secretary/Treasurer
who need and want them.                                                                                                                                                        care Association and the Veterans Administration. The purpose of this grant is to
                                                                made	within	4	days.		Toll	Free	888-252-1010.                        Antelope, CA
                                                                                                                                                                               support program efforts to improve access to hospice for both rural and homeless
                                                                                                                                    Sally Adelus                               veterans throughout california and Nevada.
                                                                                                                                    San Jose, CA
                                                                                                                                                                               choices’ commitment is to bring our readers important information on end-
                                                                                                                                    Devon Dabbs
                                                                                                                                    Watsonville, CA
                                                                                                                                                                               of-life matters. This issue describes ‘PoLsT’ (Physician orders for Life sustaining
             Hospice Founda
     ifornia               tion                                                                                                                                                Treatment.) All of us need to know about this program and how to participate so
                                                                                                                                    Ann Hablitzel
                                                                                                                                    Placentia, CA                              we can be sure that our wishes, and the wishes of our loved ones, can be known and
                                                                                                                                                                               honored by healthcare providers. share this newsletter with your family and friends,
                                                                                                                                    James McGregor, M.D.
                                                                                                                                    Sacramento, CA                             or call and add them to our mailing list to be sure they get all relevant updates.
         chF                                                                                                                        Michael Moore                              With new leadership, new initiatives, and new funding sources we are confident in
    3841	North	Freeway,                                                                                                             Granite Bay, CA
         suite 225                                                                                                                                                             our ability to increase our capacity to fulfill our mission.
Sacramento,	CA	95834-1969                                                                                                           Susan Plummer
                                                                                                                                    Santa Barbara, CA                          Read and enjoy,
                                                                                                                                    Susan E. Negreen, CAE, President & CEO     Jan
                                                                                                                                    Martha (Marcie) Larkey, Director of
                                                                                                                                                                               If you or anyone you know has a need for Hospice Information and Referral services
                                                                                                                                    Sandy Williams, Administrative Assistant
                                                                                                                                                                               please call the California Hospice Association’s toll free number: 888-252-1010

                                                                                                                                    ContaCt                                    Contents
                                                                                                                                    california hospice Foundation              p something New                                p Does Your employer offer a Matching
                                                                                                                                    3841	North	Freeway,	Suite	225              p in honor Gifts can Make a Difference           Gift Program?
                                                                                                                                    Sacramento,	CA	95834                                                                      p hospice is Growing
                                                                                                                                                                               p Major Donors
                                                                                                                                                                               p What Kind of Legacy Will You Leave?          p Donate Your Vehicle
                                                                                                                                    Tollfree	888-252-1010
                                                                                                                                               p editor’s Note                                p Around the capitol
Something New                                                       In Honor Gifts Can Make a                                                                                                                 Does Your Employer Offer a
There is a new tool for individuals who wish to make their
own health care decisions called the Physician orders for
                                                                    Difference All Year                                                                                                                       Matching Gift Program?
Life-sustaining Treatment (PoLsT.) PoLsT clarifies an               We are very thankful that so many people choose to send                                                                                   Many employers do offer this opportunity and will match
individual’s wishes regarding life sustaining medical care,         gifts to chF in memory of a loved one or friend. When we                                                                                  charitable contributions made by their employees. Ask your
including cPR, antibiotics, artificial nutrition, intubation,       receive these gifts we notify the appropriate person that a gift                                                                          human Resources Department. Just complete your company’s
mechanical ventilation, pain management, and other medical          has been made in memory of their loved one.                                                                                               matching gift form and send it to us with your contribution.
interventions. The form is completed and signed by both the                                                                                                                                                   Many	companies	will	match	your	gift	100%.		The	following	is	
patient and the physician. it is different from the Advance         Please consider how you can use ‘in honor’ gifts as a special                                                                             a very brief list of known matching gift programs.
Directive because it has the force of a physician’s medical order   way to remember birthdays, anniversaries and other special
and the original of this highly visible, bright pink document       occasions. When a gift is received, we will send a letter stating                                                                         Abbott Laboratories                James irvine Foundation
remains with the patient wherever they go.                          that a gift has been made “in Your honor” or “in honor                                                                                    Adobe systems, inc.                Lehman Brothers
                                                                    of your 70th Birthday” or in “honor of Your hard Work”                                                                                    Aon corporation                    Levi strauss
PoLsT has been adopted by oregon, Washington, West
Virginia,	New	York,	and	some	regions	within	12	other	states.		
                                                                    whatever you want to honor or celebrate! Your support can
                                                                    make a difference.                                                  What Kind of Legacy Will                                              Barclays Global investors
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Birkenstock Footprint sandals
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Mcclatchy company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Microsoft corporation
in addition, many states are in the process of developing
PoLsT programs. Last year Governor schwarzenegger signed                                                                                You Leave?                                                            chevron Texaco
                                                                                                                                                                                                              ciGNA Foundation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 National semi-conductor
legislation (AB3000) requiring that PoLsT forms be honored            the California Hospice foundation thanks the following
                                                                                                                                        None of us wants to think about our own death. We all                 coca-cola Foundation               Pennzoil company
across all settings of care in california and provided immunity       individuals for their generous support. the levels are                                                                                  Duke energy Foundation             Roche Diagnostics
                                                                      cumulative for 2008, and are based on new gifts since             know it will happen, but few want to think or talk about
to clinicians who honor a PoLsT document in good faith.               october 2008.                                                     it! however, estate planning is as important as any other             emerson electric company           shaklee
This	new	law	took	effect	January	1,	2009.                                                                                               piece of financial planning you have done. estate planning            First Data corporation             sony electronics
                                                                      patron – $2,500 to $4,999         Kathleen and Bernard                                                                                  Freemont Group                     sun Microsystems
PoLsT is intended to improve the quality of care people               Jan Cetti                          Fallon                         is an opportunity to celebrate and support the things that are
                                                                                                        Rebecca Forsyth                 important to us. each of us has the opportunity to decide             General electric                   Union	Pacific	Railroad
receive at the end of life. it is based on an honest discussion       Benefactor – $1,000 to $2,499                                                                                                           Google                             West Group
between the patient and a heath care professional regarding           Ann Hablitzel
                                                                                                        Roy Freeman                     what we want to do with the assets we have accumulated in
                                                                                                        Jean and Roy Gaulden            our lifetime and to provide for the people, the institutions, and     iBM corporation                    Xcel energy
the patient’s wishes, and then it is signed by the physician.         Margaret Hunt
                                                                                                        Leo and Joyce Gross
PoLsT brings clarity to difficult decisions for end of life
                                                                      Gene and Barbara Kraus
                                                                                                        James and Barbara Hetzler
                                                                                                                                        the causes we hold most dear.
                                                                      James McGregor, M.D.
care. When used with an Advance Directive that names a                                                  Beth Hoffman
                                                                      Laura Miller
                                                                                                        Lois Housher                    We know hospice has had a significant impact on many lives.
proxy decision-maker, it can reduce unwanted care, as well as         Roy and Katie Parsons
                                                                                                        Mary Stevens Hunt               We ask that you remember us in your estate planning. help
unnecessary patient and family suffering.                             Betsy and Todd Stone
                                                                      Harry Thomasen
                                                                                                        Myra Jenkins                    us assure timely access to quality hospice programs for all
                                                                                                        Jim and Pam Kidwell             individuals. For a free Planned Giving handbook please call
This program is very new and many people, including health            shareholder – $500 - $999         Frances King
care professionals, may not be aware of PoLsT or how it                                                 Nick and Neva Klaassen
                                                                                                                                        Marcie	Larkey	-	888-252-1010.
                                                                      Sally Adelus
works. several california organizations will be spending              Teresa Bond                       Eleanor Langpaap
                                                                                                        Wes Lasher
                                                                                                                                        The	California	Hospice	Foundation	is	a	501	(c)	(3)	
considerable time over the next few months to be sure the             Deborah Brown
                                                                      James W. Burke                    Donna Le Baron                  organization. its mission is to improve access to quality
word is out!                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes, i want to support the work of the california hospice
                                                                      Richard Clowes                    Miriam Mannix                   hospice and palliative care services through research, education        Foundation.
                                                                      George Cunningham                 Anna Marinelli                  and public awareness.
if you are interested in more information, a copy of the              Michael and Beryl Dolphin         Rollie and Katherine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                i enclose my donation of:
PoLsT document and a very helpful brochure please call                Gloria Denise Franklin             Meyers
                                                                                                        Susan E. Negreen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                o1000	 o500 o100	 o50 o25 oother ______________
888-252-1010	or	email                          William and Mary Geach
                                                                      James Jones                       Sandra Notman
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Name: _____________________________________________________
                                                                      Joe Lamendola                     Valerie Peck                      There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept,
                                                                      Craig and Deborah Massie          Johnny D. Skeen
                                                                                                        Anne L. Stafford
                                                                                                                                                  things we don’t want to know but have to learn,               Address: ___________________________________________________
                                                                      Val Miska
                                                                      Susan Perry                       John Strasser                            and people we can’t live without but have to let go.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                city: ______________________________ state: _____ zip: __________
                                                                      Deborah Santucci                  Terry and Lynn Svien
                                                                      Robert Schmalholz                 Donald and Kay Thomas                                    Author Unknown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Phone: _____________________ email___________________________
                                                                      Mary Taverna                      Sally Twombly
                                                                                                        Sharlene A. Urban                                                                                       Please charge $_________ to my
                                                                      sponsor – $200 to $499            Janet W. Veloz
                                                                      Judy Atkinson                                                                                                                             o VisA oMastercard oAmerican express oDiscover
                                                                      Vanessa Bengston
                                                                      Jim Bronson
                                                                                                        June L. Volanek
                                                                                                        Carol Waite                     Editor’s Note                                                           card # ____________________________________ exp. Date: _______
                                                                                                        Robbie Wasson
                                                                      Tonu and Nancy Bruns              Eugene Weisbrod                 The california hospice Foundation would like to hear from
                                                                      Basia Bressickello                                                                                                                        Name on card ________________________________ Zip ___________
                                                                                                        Mark and Linda Wilbur           you. Are there subjects you want us to cover in future issues?
                                                                      Michael and Carol Caito           Traci J. Wood
                                                                      Cindy Cameron                                                     Do you have questions you want answered? Please submit                  signature: __________________________________________________
                                                                                                        Dr. Edward and Mrs.
                                                                      Richard Collins                    Carolyn Zalta
                                                                                                                                        ideas and suggestions to Martha (Marcie) Larkey at the chF
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Complete and return to: california hospice Foundation,
                                                                                                                                        address or email to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                3841	North	Freeway	Boulevard,	Suite	225,	Sacramento	CA	95834

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