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12th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Virginia participated in the Prescription Drug Take-Back Day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Saturday, October 22, 2016.

This collaborative effort between state and local law enforcement agencies provided residents with an opportunity to dispose of potentially dangerous controlled substances from their medicine cabinets in an environmentally safe manner.

Virginia is also participating in the Prescription Opioid & Heroin Awareness Week, a national imitative to raise awareness for the Rx drug and heroin epidemic.

Collection activities took place    at sites coordinated with law enforcement agencies throughout Virginia

For other ways hospice programs can work to mitigate risks in their community, use our Risk Evaluation & Mitigation Toolkit, noted below

Risk Evaluation

& Mitigation Toolkit (REM)

This toolkit takes a proactive "partnering" approach to opioid safety and assumes that patients and families want to assure that medications are used safely.

The purpose of this toolkit is to help those who work with hospice patients and their family members address the issue of substance abuse and diversion.


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Welcome to Virginia Association for Hospices & Palliative Care (VAHPC)

The Virginia Association for Hospices and Palliative Care advocates for quality care for all persons with life limiting illnesses. 
VAHPC  promotes hospice and palliative care education and ethical practices, and serves as a  united voice and resource for its members.
Our primary responsibility is to the citizens of the Commonwealth. We hope that you will find this site useful and that you will return frequently  for information and support when facing the challenges of a life-limiting disease.




Thank You

to everyone who participated and attended the Annual Leadership Forum



(Left to Right)  Donald Schumacher, CEO and President, NHPCO; Brenda Mitchell, President of VAHPC & Brenda Clarkson, Executive Director





The Hospice Support Fund, based in Nashville and using a mail processing center in Merrifield, VA has been soliciting by mail in several areas in Virginia requesting donations "to bring end of life home hospice care to all Americans". This organization is not affiliated with the Virginia Association for Hospices & Palliative Care, nor is it associated with any licensed hospice in Virginia. As far as we can determine no hospice nor hospice patient has benefited from this  organization.

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VAHPC joins

Virginia Hospice Veteran Partnership in Honoring our Veterans this Veteran's Day




Educational Opportunities

Hospice Webinars 

Education on non-clinical topics is available through our affiliate Home Health & Hospice Education Network. The Network offers nationally acclaimed presenters and exciting timely topics.

Registration rates are deeply discounted for VAHPC members and every purchase produces a royalty payment to VAHPC.

Purchasing these great webinars benefits your hospice program and VAHPC!

Click here to explore the available webinars and registration details.

All questions related to the webinars (including registration and billing issues) must be addressed directly to the Network at 406-442-2585.


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Market Reports 

Latest Medicare Data

We are excited  to be able to provide an important tool for your strategic planning using the most recent Medicare data available (2010). Market Reports that will give your hospice organization access to detailed, county-level hospice data as an invaluable tool to compare your program with others in your service area at a discounted price for VAHPC members. Email  for more details or click here for order form (2013).

Maps indicating Medicare Hospice penetration by Congressional District are available free of charge for VAHPC Provider Members. Request yours by emailing your congressional district number to



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