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Founded in 1980, the Illinois Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (IL-HPCO) is committed to promoting and enhancing end-of-life care in the state of Illinois, through education, advocacy, technical and supportive services. Our mission is to expand access to exceptional hospice and palliative care for patients and families coping with the close of life experience.

Online Call for Presentations

The Conference Planning Committee for the Illinois Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (IL-HPCO) 2015 Conference invites you to submit a proposal for a session for our annual fall symposium scheduled for Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 at Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation located on Memorial Medical Center's campus, Miller St., Springfield, IL.
The conference theme for 2015 is The Right Care, In the Right Place, At the Right Time... The role of palliative and end-of-life care in the emerging healthcare landscape.
The objectives of the conference are:

  • Discuss Regulatory and industry changes that impact hospice and palliative care
  • Provide tools to ensure the provision of quality care through evidence-based practice for end of life care
  • Improve documentation and billing strategies to meet CMS guidelines
  • Network with other hospice and palliative care leaders to learn best practices

Proposals are to be submitted online this year. Please read all of the directions carefully to ensure that all submission requirements are met. 
Please click on the button below to access the online submission system:

Online Submission System

Free Dementia Care Comfort Guide

The Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Illinois Chapter is pleased to offer a free online resource, Encouraging Comfort Care: A Guide for Families of People with Dementia Living in Care Facilities. This 21-page booklet provides useful information to families and staff of long-term care facilities about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, particularly care issues related to the late and final stages.

For families, this guide will enable them to make informed choices about a variety of medical decisions they may face on behalf of loved ones with dementia living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other types of care facilities. It will also equip families to ask good questions aimed at obtaining the best care for their loved ones, including a handy checklist of comfort care measures to be discussed with staff members of care facilities.

For staff members of long-term care facilities, the guide will serve as an important tool for those who wish to educate families and assist them in care planning.Individuals and organizations are encouraged to disseminate this booklet in electronic and print formats.

Encouraging Comfort Care was made possible through a generous grant from the Retirement Research Foundation to the Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Illinois Chapter.

To view and download the free guide, click here: www.alz.org/illinois


CMS-1390-N on Display at the Federal Register

CMS-1390-N (Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems and Fiscal Year 2009 Rates: Final Fiscal Year 2009 Wage Indices and Payment Rates) went on display at the Federal Register on September 29, 2008. The Notice includes tables listing the final wage indices, hospital reclassifications, payment rates, impacts, and other related tables effective for fiscal year (FY) 2009. It will be published on October 3.

View the Notice

Support Illinois Hospice & Palliative Care Organization by Purchasing an Illinois Hospice License Plate

By purchasing the Illinois Hospice License Plate, you contribute to the Illinois Hospice Fund administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health for the distribution of grants for hospice services. There is a $25 issuance fee, $10 of which goes to the Hospice Fund and $15 covers the costs of producing the plate. The renewal also has the $25 fee; however, $23 will go to the Illinois Hospice Fund and $2 covers the administrative costs. Read More

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