February, 2024

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Blue Sky Hospice Medical Director Convicted of $2.8M Hospice Fraud

Hospice News

A federal jury has convicted Dr. John Thropay, a hospice medical director, on charges of health care fraud in a $2.8 million scheme. Thropay was the medical director of several hospice companies, including Blue Sky Hospice, based in Van Nuys, California. He was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and four counts of health care fraud.

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Essential caregiver tools that help you avoid health care surprises and stay informed!

Caregiver Warrior

We all want to avoid surprises. Here are some great tips for getting the info you need to be prepared! The post Essential caregiver tools that help you avoid health care surprises and stay informed! appeared first on Caregiver Warrior.

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The reason I do this: How a hospice volunteer finds his purpose

HopeHealth

When Phil saw the ad for hospice volunteers in Massachusetts, he wasn’t sure if a guy like him could help. But he knew he wanted to try. The post The reason I do this: How a hospice volunteer finds his purpose appeared first on HopeHealth.

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Learning ways to calm distress can change your life!

Life & Death Matters

Written by Misha Butot It seems that all of us, young and old, will at times feel confused, upset, and filled with uncertainty when faced with a life-limiting illness or facing death. At those times it can be especially helpful to have someone with us who is able to listen to us and help by […] The post Learning ways to calm distress can change your life!

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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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GeriPal 300th Episode: Ask Me Anything Hot Ones Style

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary Please join Eric and Alex in person for the GeriPal pub crawl at the AAHPM/HPNA annual assembly in Phoenix, Thursday night 3/21 8PM. Starting bar TBD, look for the GeriPal post, and follow #HPMParty on Twitter to keep us as we crawl! ** Today we celebrate eight years, around 2 million listens, and 300 podcasts! Eric and I take questions from you, our listeners, about: why we podcast, our most controversial podcast, which podcast changed our practice, favorite song req

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Empowering patients and families to escalate worries and concerns. The NHS England pilot project at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

In this week’s blog Debra Ritsperis Head of Quality @DRitsperis, Isolde Newbury ACRT @AcuteResponse, Rebecca Wood Paediatric Matron @becky_RWood, Kaylea Roffe Data Manager @roffe_kaylea, Natalie Tomms Communications Lead, outline how the worries and concerns pilot project (April 2023-March 2024) has been implemented across at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust @GHFT_Excellence @gloshospitals Other Project Team members: Suzie Cro Deputy Director of Quality Programme Director Nursing a

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A Day in the Life: Psychiatric Nurse

Daily Nurse

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work with psychiatric patients? Surely, it’s not like many movies and television shows have portrayed. Not even close. To get more information about becoming a psychiatric nurse , we interviewed Jessica Martinez, RN, a Behavioral Health Registered Nurse working on CareRev’s platform at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus, New Jersey.

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Tips for coping with grief on Valentine’s Day

HopeHealth

Valentine’s Day is often full of memories, which can bring on intense feelings of loss. If you’re grieving, here are tips to get through the day. The post Tips for coping with grief on Valentine’s Day appeared first on HopeHealth.

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Incorporating Love In Professional Practice

Life & Death Matters

Written by Kath Murray and Misha Butot. As part of Valentine’s Day this year, we are considering the role of love in your professional practice. We invite you to reflect on what might be considered a “loving” way, a “compassionate” way, of engaging in providing holistic health and psychosocial care through the life trajectory and […] The post Incorporating Love In Professional Practice appeared first on Life and Death Matters.

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Psychological Issues in Palliative Care: Elissa Kozlov and Des Azizoddin

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary In our podcast with palliative care pioneer Susan Block , she identified the psychological/psychiatric aspects of palliative care as the biggest are of need for improvement. As she said, when you think about the hardest patients you’ve cared for, in nearly all cases there was some aspect of psychological illness involved.

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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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Meet a Champion of Nursing Diversity: Kimberly Cook

Minority Nurse

Kimberly Cook, RN, BSN, is a highly accomplished nurse leader with a 30-year career in the healthcare industry. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a nursing degree and became a nurse in the Army early in her career. During wartime, Cook showed her dedication and commitment to patient care, which instilled in her a profound sense of duty, resilience, and an unwavering ability to thrive under pressure.

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How Palliative Care Could Help Break the SNF-to-Hospital Cycle

Hospice News

A dearth of coordination or integration between rehab teams and palliative care teams routinely forces some patients into a cycle between the hospital and the nursing home in their last year of life. These results appeared in a 2019 New England Journal of Medicine study titled “Rehabbed to Death.” Rehabilitation therapy, or post-acute care, aims to assist patients in recovering daily life skills — such as walking or swallowing — following an injury or illness.

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A Haven of Rest: The Nurse’s Guide to Building a Soothing and Comfortable Home Sanctuary 

Daily Nurse

Natural materials, indoor plants, and essential oils are simple yet effective ways to turn your home into a soothing and comfortable sanctuary. Even the simple addition of houseplants has been found to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and improve overall state of mind. Unfortunately, chronic occupational stress and burnout occur daily among nurses due to long shifts, high workload, and low staffing levels, with difficulty relaxing and disconnecting from work being a key symptom, a study in

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Caring for Abusive Parents

Chicago Caregiving

When abusive parents need caregiving, adult children often face a difficult decision. A contract often exists between parents and children, whether spoken or not: Parents protect and care for their child when the child is most vulnerable, and in return, the child as an adult cares for their parents in their old age. But what happens when parents break that contract by abusing or neglecting their child?

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The Secret to Supercharging Your Organizations Communications

Effective collaboration among all care team members is critical to delivering better patient outcomes. A key element to achieving effective collaboration is through the implementation of a clinical communication and collaboration platform. In a fast-paced, high-stress and critical environment, people tend to do whatever gets the job done. Therefore will scramble and use the systems, people, or processes around them to get an outcome more quickly - which can often be at the expense of quality.

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Guide to Oral Health for Seniors | Dental Health Tips

Caring Senior Service

As we age, our mouths and teeth change, which can cause problems if not addressed. Plus, a healthy smile boosts confidence and contributes to overall well-being. So, how does aging affect our mouths? And what can we do to maintain good oral health as we get older?

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RCT of Default Inpatient PC Consults: Kate Courtright & Scott Halpern

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary Last week we talked about a trial of a nurse and social worker outpatient palliative care intervention published in JAMA. This week, we talk about the other major palliative care trial of default palliative care consults for hospitalized older adults with COPD, kidney disease, or dementia, published in the same issue of JAMA.

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Practical Strategies for Implementing Evidence-Based Practice

Minority Nurse

Basing your nursing practice on the latest evidence and research remains critical to providing optimal patient care. Practicing nursing based on tradition, “ how we ’ ve always done it,” or outdated research can lead to poor patient outcomes, inappropriate care, or serious errors. No doubt you studied evidence-based practice (EBP) in school, read it in journals or attended in-service sessions about using evidence in practice.

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The Barriers Creating Pediatric Palliative Care Inequities

Hospice News

Recent research has uncovered some of the leading barriers preventing greater pediatric palliative care utilization across underserved communities. Seriously ill children of color are among the most underserved patient populations , with a recent analysis digging into the focal points of systematic racial issues tied to health disparities. Children in racial and ethnic minority groups often receive poorer quality compared to white pediatric patients, according to the analysis , published in The

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National Burn Awareness Week and Specialized Work of Burn Nurses

Daily Nurse

February 4th to 10th is National Burn Awareness Week , and Daily Nurse is recognizing the specialized work of burn nurses. Burn nurses are known for their exceptional skills, commitment, and unwavering dedication to patient care. They work tirelessly to treat individuals who have been affected by burn injuries and to advocate for burn injury prevention within their communities.

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The postcode lottery of care must end: our statement on today’s BBC News article

Together for Short Lives

This morning, BBC News published a hugely important article, showing how many families across the country caring for severely disabled children cannot access the continuing care they qualify for because of where they live. It isn’t right that their access to this lifeline care depends on where they live, and we are working to end […] The post The postcode lottery of care must end: our statement on today’s BBC News article appeared first on Together for Short Lives.

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Caring For Caregivers: Self-Care Tips For National Caregivers Day

Community Home Health Care

Dedicated, compassionate, and resilient family caregivers are the backbone of a loving and supportive environment for our patients. In honor of National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Education Week , we aim to acknowledge and celebrate these incredible efforts. Caregivers, let’s prioritize your self-care as a small gesture for the extraordinary work you do!

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EMS Intervention to Reduce Falls: Carmen Quatman and Katie Quatman-Yates

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary We’ve talked about Falls a couple of times on this podcast, most recently with Tom Gill about the STRIDE study and before that with Sarah Szanton about the CAPABLE study. A takeaway from those podcasts is that fresh innovative thinking in the falls prevention space is welcome. Today we talk with the twin sister power duo of Carmen Quatman and Katie Quatman-Yates about an intervention that is both brilliant and (in retrospect) should have been obvious.

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Perianesthesia Nurses Celebrate Dynamic Career Choice

Minority Nurse

Patients are often aware of all the nurses who care for them during a medical procedure, and particularly the perianesthesia nurses who are fierce patient advocates during a time when patients are under and emerging from sedation. As PeriAnesthesia Nurse Awareness Week (this year from February 5-11) celebrates all the work nurses do in this specialty and helps raise awareness of perianesthesia nursing as a career path.

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Proposed Legislation Would Create Tax Credits for Family Caregivers

Hospice News

In case you missed it, Hospice News has launched a new specialty publication for palliative care professionals. You can subscribe to Palliative Care News here: Subscribe today! A bill to strengthen support for family caregivers is working its way through Congress. If enacted, it would create tax credits to help offset the financial burdens of caring for the seriously ill.

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Will the Real Nurse Please Stand Up? 

Daily Nurse

Have you ever heard a nurse pass judgment on a colleague and say that another nurse isn’t a “real nurse”? Have you noticed some nurses looking down on those who choose to be school nurses or work in home health, dialysis, assisted living, medical offices, or ambulatory surgery? Judgmental attitudes by one group of nurses against another don’t do anyone any favors, but such thinking is all too common.

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NHPCO Recognizes Participants Who Earned Health Equity Certificates in 2023 Project Echo: Equity Where It Matters Series

NHPCO

For Immediate Release February 27, 2024 (Alexandria, Va) – In 2023, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) hosted the Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) series, Equity Where It Matters , consisting of bimonthly sessions on a wide variety of topics related to increasing access to equitable serious illness and end-of-life care.

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Ethical Dilemmas in End of Life & Challenges Nurses Overcome

Hospice Nurse Hero

As hospice nurses, we embark on a journey filled with compassion, empathy, and the desire to provide comfort to those in their final stages of life. However, along the way, we inevitably encounter ethical dilemmas that challenge our values and decision-making skills. In this article, we’ll explore some common ethical dilemmas in end of life care faced by hospice nurses, and I’ll share personal stories that shed light on how to navigate these challenging situations with grace and inte

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Break The Glass

Today's Caregiver

I've had many conversations recently about what it takes to become a "successful caregiver." This is an important conversation for us to be having in this country at this moment.

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Meet a Champion of Nursing Diversity: Suzette Porter

Minority Nurse

Suzette Porter, MBA, BSN, RN, is an elder care nurse manager and adjunct faculty member who has been with Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) for over 25 years. Porter says she got into healthcare because her great-grandmother raised her and was the Florence Nightingale in their small town in Jamaica. She would take Porter to help the sick, elderly, and needy in their hometown.

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‘Suncoast’ Film Points a Lens at Hospice Families’ Experience

Hospice News

The recently released independent feature film, “Suncoast,” tells the story of a teenage girl and her mother wrestling with the approaching death of their sibling and son, respectively. The film is based on director Laura Chinn’s personal experience as her brother Max received inpatient care at the Suncoast Hospice Care Center, an actual facility operated by the Florida-based nonprofit Empath Health.

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What Nurses Need to Understand About Travel Medicine

Daily Nurse

Say the word “travel” to many nurses. They’ll likely think of travel nursing , which gained a high level of attention during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic when nurses were needed in large numbers at hundreds of facilities nationwide. However, if you mention “travel medicine,” some nurses might stare at you blankly.

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Traditions Health of Tulsa, OK Awarded Hospice Accreditation

Traditions Health

Nashville, TN – Traditions Health of Tulsa, OK has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospice Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. The Tulsa hospice branch underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review.

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Advancing Military Mental Health

Healthcare Law Insights blog

Research into psychedelic-assisted therapy receives funding in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2024. In an epoch marked by rapid innovation in mental health treatments, a paradigm shift is on the horizon for the well-being of our armed forces personnel. Psychedelic-assisted therapy has surfaced as an innovative intervention for ailments such as depression, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and—perhaps most widely applicable to military personnel—post-traumatic stress disorder

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Anger Management

Today's Caregiver

At a recent Fearless Caregiver Conference, so many issues of importance to caregivers were raised that it could take up five columns, but I thought I would touch on one that is surprisingly not mentioned enough by event attendees – anger

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