May 26, 2022
Washington, D.C. – Today, the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI)’s Innovation Lab released a resource guide to provide member organizations a tool to assist staff, patients, and families in identifying, understanding, and acquiring appropriate Veteran benefits through the Veterans Administration. The Veteran Benefits and Resources for Hospice and Palliative Care Patients guide also includes information for the Veterans and their families regarding military pay, retirement pay, and survivor benefits through the Defense Finance and Accounting Services.
“It is an honor to be part of a resource guide that can help Veterans of all eras and their caregivers access benefits from the VA and other Veteran Service Organizations,” Nathan Gradisher, Provider Relations Manager, Hospice of the Western Reserve shares. “We collaborated with NPHI members and Veterans from throughout the nation to gather resources and produce a user-friendly resource that Veterans and their families can access to assist in receiving the care and support they have earned in service to our country.”
While the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provide a range of benefits for Veterans, many of these services are underutilized or difficult to access. Specifically, the Veteran Benefits and Resources for Hospice and Palliative Care Patients guide includes comprehensive sections on care benefits, burial benefits, Arrears of Pay and Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuity, and filing claims. In addition, NPHI member organizations have access to documents within the appendices, which include information on qualifying for disability benefits, a military history checklist, and national points of contact with the opportunity to include local points of contact.
“I couldn’t be prouder to have worked alongside our incredible Veteran volunteers and passionate NPHI members on the creation of the Veteran Benefits and Resources for Hospice and Palliative Care Patients guide,” Dr. Cameron Muir, Chief Innovation Officer, NPHI states. “The nature of most benefits and services offered to Veterans is complex and often time-consuming to understand. On behalf of the NPHI Innovation Lab, I am hopeful that this guide will serve as a resource for Veterans, their families, and caregivers as well as our nearly 90 NPHI member programs as they all work together to increase access to services that help Veterans to be well supported in their communities and to navigate through the challenge of living with advanced illness.”
The Veteran Benefits and Resources for Hospice and Palliative Care Patients guide can be found on the NPHI Member Portal for use by member programs. This guide was made possible due to the support of the EagleForce Warrior Foundation, PartnerPlus Media, as well as numerous subject matter experts across various NPHI member programs. For more information regarding NPHI, please visit www.hospiceinnovations.com or call 1-844-GET-NPHI (438-6744) with any questions.
The National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI)’s Innovation Lab is designed to facilitate opportunities for member organizations by developing new strategies and business models for innovative medical and non-medical lines of service. By supporting the development of these services, the Innovation Lab seeks to offer a platform for service line diversification based on the mutual experiences of our member organizations.
The National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI) is a collaborative of 80+ not-for-profit, community-integrated hospice and palliative care providers dedicated to ensuring patients and their families have access to care that reflects their individual goals, values, and preferences. Representing providers from 34 states and the District of Columbia, NPHI and its members help design more innovative and effective models of care, advocate for comprehensive and community-integrated care customized to meet each person’s unique needs, and build collaboration between national thought leaders, decision-makers, and other healthcare stakeholders to improve hospice care.