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Pain Resource Nurse 

(PRN) Training

April 5, 2017

Nurses are invited to JOIN US for a full day of training as a Pain Resource Nurse (PRN).

The goal is to IMPROVE pain care and to train you to be a resource in your institution for other staff members regarding pain management.

It will also help improve policy and remove barriers in your practice setting. It will take place in Richmond at the Westerre Conference Center. 

For details and to register for the event, use this link. Deadline for registering is April 3, 2016 and seating is limited, so register today!



Westerre Conference Center


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.


your copy today

by using this link



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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.




Advocacy Day 2017




VAHPC will hold its Annual Advocacy Day during the current session of the Virginia General Assembly on February 9, 2017. We encourage our hospice and palliative care provider members to join us in advocating for hospice and palliative care at the Virginia General Assembly.

We need to make sure that Virginia's legislators understand the important role our members have in end-of-life care not only by providing quality care but also in cost containment.


The fast-paced day begins at 9:30 in the General Assembly Building where we gather to hear from the VAHPC Public Policy Committee.  Following their briefing, everyone has an opportunity to meet with their local representative (appointments should be made and confirmed in advance).  At noon we regroup at the State Capitol for recognition from our representatives. 


This is your chance to be a successful advocate for quality end-of-life care and access with Virginia's policymakers. We can make an impact on legislation!


Click here to register

for this free event



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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Coming in March, 2017

Advanced Illness Management Summit

Innovations in Hospital & Community Partnerships

Here's your chance to participate in a full day of Clinical and Administrative Tracks, meet with Adult & Pediatric Palliative Care Experts and interact with Health Care Representatives from across the spectrum.

VAHPC is proud to continue its relationship with The Carolina Centers in presenting the Third Annual  Regional Palliative Care Conference.

This year the conference features several speakers from Virginia including Laura Kerbin MD, Malene Davis and Brenda Clarkson.

Save the date: March 29, 2017.  Use this link to download the brochure which includes information on how to register, directions to the Chapel Hill, NC event site and speaker bios.

Always popular, informational and not to be missed, plan now to join us at the Summit.



Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus


Managed Long Term Care Services & Sup

ports (formerly MLTSS) is now called Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus.

Beginning in July, 2017 the Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) will begin a new initiative.  It is estimated that this initiative will involve over 213,00 Virginians. 

To better understand the CCC Plus, please click on the title to review an Intro to Commonwealth Coordinated Care Plus.

Additional information can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for CCC, which is accessible here.


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.


Special Offers


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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