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With Option Care Deal Pending, Optum Makes Bid for Amedisys

Hospice News

Amedisys Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) has received an unsolicited proposal from the UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) subsidiary Optum to acquire all outstanding shares of the home health and hospice provider’s stock. Amedisys indicated in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that Optum has proposed an all-cash transaction at $100 per share and that this could represent a “superior proposal” compared to the company’s pending $3.6 billion deal with Option Care Health (NASDAQ: OPCH)

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Top 10 key metrics for home care administrators 


In the ever-evolving landscape of home health care, data has become a driving force in decision-making and process improvement. For home care administrators, understanding the power of data is essential for optimizing their agency’s operations and providing high-quality care. However, with an abundance of information available, it can be overwhelming to know where to start.

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‘Payment and Workforce Are Certainly the Challenges’: Forces Shaping Palliative Care’s Future

Hospice News

The palliative care field is in the midst of evolution, with reimbursement and workforce dynamics being the dominant forces influencing sustainable growth in the space. Palliative providers are focusing their greatest efforts on navigating choppy, and often lagging, reimbursement streams to meet increased demand for serious illness care. These streams flow directly into their ability to recruit and retain sufficient volumes of interdisciplinary staff trained in providing specialized palliative c

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Feeling Stuck? 5 Reasons Why and How to Get Out of the Rut 

Minority Nurse

Many nurses feel stuck and need help figuring out why. Alright, no worries. I can reassure you that you are not the only nurse feeling this way. Here are some reasons you may feel stuck and how to get out of that rut. Lack of Career Advancement and Growth You may not be experiencing growth in your current position. Or you are not getting the opportunities you want due to different circumstances.

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The Cost of Inefficient Communication in Home Care & Beyond

This eBook explores the critical issues of using consumer-grade messaging apps like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and SMS in healthcare, especially home care. It highlights the negative impacts on patient care quality, data security, and HIPAA compliance and provides practical solutions to enhance communication efficiency! You will learn how to: Consolidate Messaging Platforms: Streamline communication by reducing the use of multiple apps, improving efficiency in patient care.

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CMMI: Data Critical to Developing Health Equity Quality Measures for Hospices in Value-Based Payment

Hospice News

Patient data collection is critical in how the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is developing health equity quality measures for hospices in value-based payment. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) in 2022 announced a “ strategy refresh ” that included a renewed focus on health care equity in payment model design.

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Tips For Managing Neuropathy in Seniors | Neuropathic Pain Management

Caring Senior Service

Neuropathy, also known as peripheral neuropathy, refers to nerve damage that can cause pain, numbness, tingling, and other symptoms. While neuropathy affects millions of Americans, adults over 65 years old are particularly vulnerable. While there is not a cure for neuropathy, there are treatments and lifestyle changes that can help manage neuropathic pain.


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Palace of Care – Good Enough?


Photo by Nik on Unsplash We thought she still had weeks left to live. We didn’t know it would only be hours. She died suddenly and the family asked the nurses to perform CPR – cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The nurses calmly and gently refused. They knew it wouldn’t work, she had been too unwell. It would only cause her further harm with no possibility of benefit.

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OIG Announces Upcoming Changes to Its Compliance Program Guidance Resources for the Healthcare Industry

Healthcare Law Insights blog

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through its Office of Inspector General (OIG), announced plans for significant updates and modernization of OIG compliance program guidance (CPG) to improve their accessibility and usability for healthcare entities. [1] Originally issued in 1998, the CPG provide healthcare organizations across the industry with guidance on developing, implementing, and maintaining internal compliance controls.

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Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Nurse Nacole

Category: Fundamentals Phenytoin's severe but less common adverse events include blood dyscrasias, hepatitis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS), drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic syndromes (DRESS) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

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Which Care is Right for You?

Traditions Health

Which Care is Right for You? Understanding the difference between home health care , hospice care , palliative care , and home care can be confusing and overwhelming. If you’re feeling unsure about which kind of care and support your or your family needs, you’re in the right place. Click the button below to download our short guide that provides an overview of the different types of care.

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The Ultimate Guide to Improving Caregiver Engagement & Retention

Want to learn how to retain your caregivers & improve caregiver retention X3? The home care industry is experiencing turnover rates of over 80%. How are you ensuring your agency is retaining caregivers? This FREE eBook from Smartcare Software is packed with industry secrets needed to keep your caregivers happy, engaged, and retained, unlocking the full potential of your agency.

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Season Four Episode 4: A conversation with Monique Jones

Hospice Chaplaincy

In Today’s episode, Saul talks to Monique Jones about her journey. Monique is a chaplain who has worked both in hospital and hospice settings. In this episode she shares about her life experiences and journey to chaplaincy.

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Hospice Palliative Care: Palliative Care in CMMI Programs

Hospice News

This article is sponsored by Axxess. This article is based on a discussion with Fred Bentley, Managing Director for Medicare Innovation and ATI Advisory, Allison Silvers, Chief of Healthcare Transformation at the Center to Advance Palliative Care and Ryan Klaustermeier, Vice President of Professional Services at Axxess. The conversation took place on April 20, 2023 during the Hospice News Palliative Care Conference.

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Nurses Are Closing Gaps in Care of LGBTQ Patients

Students and practitioners are learning about the impact of health disparities and implicit biases for LGBTQ patients. Catherine Trossello, FNP Nurse practitioner Catherine Trossello, DNP, FNP-BC, AAHIVS, and her colleagues at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in New York City were exploring the possibility of starting a nurse practitioner fellowship focused on caring for LGBTQ patients when they discovered a surprising fact.

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