May, 2024

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Terminal Anorexia Patients Hitting Referral, Regulatory Barriers to Hospice Care

Hospice News

Hospice and behavioral health providers can better collaborate to improve outcomes among patients with severe enduring anorexia nervosa. Patients with eating disorders can face an array of challenges that impede access to health care and pose risk of negative care experiences, according to Dr. Jonathan Treem, regional medical director of palliative care and hospice at Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group | Kaiser Permanente.

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Four days in Cape Verde: The impact of a medical mission

HopeHealth

By the time Natalina Gomes was 8 years old, she had made up her mind to become a nurse. At that time, her family was living in Cape Verde, an island nation off the western coast of Africa. Natalina had been born on one of its northernmost islands, and spent her early childhood there. By Read More The post Four days in Cape Verde: The impact of a medical mission appeared first on HopeHealth.

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The best career advice she had ever received, and then she gave it to us

Life & Death Matters

Written by Courtney Murrell This June marks 16 years since I finished the PSW College certificate program, and I can still picture the night that the RN instructor shared with us, what has been the most important career advice I have ever received. It was nearing 21:00, we were a classroom of exhausted women that […] The post The best career advice she had ever received, and then she gave it to us appeared first on Life and Death Matters.

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Public Facing Education via Social Media: A Podcast with Julie McFadden, Matt Tyler, Sammy Winemaker and Hsien Seow

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary On today’s podcast, we’ve invited four hospice and palliative care social media influencers (yes, that’s a thing!), all of whom focus their efforts on educating the general public about living and dying with a serious illness. Their work is pretty impressive in both reach (some of their posts are seen by millions of viewers) and breadth of work.

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Best Practices for Sharing Protected Health Information (PHI)

Explore essential topics in this ebook, including what constitutes PHI and how to identify it using 18 indicators. Gain insights into the importance of safeguarding PHI to protect patient privacy and learn about the severe consequences of HIPAA violations. Discover practical strategies for securely exchanging PHI within your healthcare organization, including assessing risks and implementing effective safeguards.

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Breaking the Stigma: Embracing Mental Health Treatment in Older Adults

Aging Life Care Association

By Sam van Kalkeren, MSN, RN, CMC, CDP, CADDCT – Aging Life Care Association® Breaking the Stigma: Embracing Mental Health Treatment in Older Adults Mental health is just as important as physical health for older adults. Let’s break the stigma and prioritize mental well-being. #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth Many people with mental illness report that the stigma surrounding … Continue reading Breaking the Stigma: Embracing Mental Health Treatment in Older Adults → The post Breaking

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International Day of the Midwife 2024; reflecting on midwifery’s position in the global community in the era of climate change.

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

By Elizabeth Bailey, EBN’s Associate Editor for Midwifery and Women’s Health The 5 th May marks International Day of the Midwife. This is an opportunity to reflect on the contribution the profession of midwifery makes to the global community. For midwives, it is an opportunity to celebrate the work of colleagues and contemporaries around the world and reflect on ongoing challenges and opportunities for the impacts of midwifery.

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Know someone with dementia? Try these 6 tips for communication

HopeHealth

Do you have a loved one with dementia? From sharing basic information to creating a deeper one-on-one connection, try these tips for communication. The post Know someone with dementia? Try these 6 tips for communication appeared first on HopeHealth.

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Congratulations to Michelle McInnes on receiving the Frances Montgomery HPC PSW Award!!

Life & Death Matters

This is the week that Ontario celebrates PSWs! Anyone who knows me knows that I value, respect, and stand in awe of Personal Support Workers and their role as essential members of the health care team. There is no where that this is more obvious than in hospice and palliative care! I love the stories […] The post Congratulations to Michelle McInnes on receiving the Frances Montgomery HPC PSW Award!!

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Professor Dame Elizabeth Fradd

Together for Short Lives

Together for Short Lives is deeply saddened to hear of the recent death of Professor Dame Elizabeth Fradd, Vice President of Together for Short Lives. Dame Liz trained as a children’s nurse and held a variety of registered nurse, midwife and health visitor posts before supporting the nursing profession nationally, becoming Deputy Chief Nursing Officer […] The post Professor Dame Elizabeth Fradd appeared first on Together for Short Lives.

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Unlock Expert Insights: Free ‘Ask an Aging Life Care Manager®’ Virtual Sessions in May

Aging Life Care Association

Free “Ask an Aging Life Care Manager” virtual sessions to be held most Fridays in May to celebrate National Aging Life Care™ Month and Older Americans Month. Participants can ask professional Aging Life Care Managers® their questions about aging and care planning. Registration is necessary and is on a first come, first served basis at … Continue reading Unlock Expert Insights: Free ‘Ask an Aging Life Care Manager®’ Virtual Sessions in May → The post Unlock Exp

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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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Why Finding a Nursing Community Is Important

Minority Nurse

Busy nurses don ’ t always seek out professional organizations or groups dedicated to nursing, and for valid reasons. They need more time or energy to devote to a group, the meetings are inconvenient, or they see it as an extension of work. However, joining a nursing community is one of the most powerful personal and career moves a nurse can make. “The importance of community is relevant to nurses at all levels of their careers,” says Gloria E.

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End-of-Life Doulas’ Growing Value Proposition in Hospice

Hospice News

Hospices and other health care providers are increasingly recognizing the value proposition of end-of-life doulas. Organizations are taking varied routes to leverage doula’s skills to improve quality. End-of-life doulas support patients and their families in a number of broad and diverse ways, according to Erin Collins, program director of The Peaceful Presence Project.

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Finding Solace: Top Books and Online Resources for Navigating Grief

HopeHealth

Discover top books and online resources for navigating grief. Find comfort, understanding, and hope through our curated recommendations. Explore now to support your healing journey. The post Finding Solace: Top Books and Online Resources for Navigating Grief appeared first on HopeHealth.

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Congratulations Terry Downing on receiving the 2024 CPCNA Leadership Award!

Life & Death Matters

Last week was Nurses Week and Hospice Palliative Care Week. It was the week that the Canadian Palliative Care Nursing Association presented their award at the annual guest lecture open to everyone. And this was the week that I was asked to present the CPCNA Leadership Award to Terry Downing. Together with colleagues several nurses, physicians, health […] The post Congratulations Terry Downing on receiving the 2024 CPCNA Leadership Award!

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The Essential Guide to HIPAA-Compliant Messaging for Home Care Teams

Explore the risks posed by non-compliant consumer apps like Instagram and WhatsApp in healthcare settings. Learn about potential HIPAA penalties and use a self-evaluation flowchart to determine your organization's need for HIPAA-compliant messaging. Discover straightforward steps to implement secure communication solutions efficiently, ensuring compliance and protecting patient data effectively.

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Exploring the Link Between Nutrition and the Aging Process

Today's Caregiver

As a physician of over 25 years, I have observed that as people grow older, their bodies change, and with it, so do their nutritional needs.

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What is the role of a Consultant Midwife – Lead for inclusivity and why is this needed?

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

This week’s blog is our first in a series that will look at different aspects of maternity inequalities and comes from Dalvir Kandola, Consultant Midwife- Lead for Inclusivity, University Hospitals of Leicester. This blog looks at the issue of maternity inequality through the lens of a professional role with a remit for driving equality and inclusivity.

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Honoring Mary Eliza Mahoney, America’s First Licensed Black Nurse

Minority Nurse

This National Nurses Week, learn more about Mary Eliza Mahoney, America’s first professionally-trained Black nurse whose birthday lies on May 7, the second day of National Nurses Week. Mahoney’s journey to becoming a nurse in the 1800s was full of setbacks she couldn’t control, yet she persevered to create a decades-long career as a nurse known for compassion and bringing comfort to others.

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NHPCO Speaks Out on 2025 Proposed Medicare Hospice Rates

Hospice News

The proposed 2.6% payment increase for hospices is insufficient in today’s economic climate, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) indicated in comments on the 2025 proposed payment rule. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in March issued its 2025 proposed hospice rule, which if finalized would include a 2.6% increase in the per diem base rate.

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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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Meet the CEO That Stayed Up All Night

Daily Nurse

Michael Charlton was recently named CEO of AtlantiCare , a healthcare organization operating across five counties in southern New Jersey and serving a region of 1 million residents. In conversation with Mr. Charlton, we learned more about AtlantiCare’s mission and his philosophy for being a transformational leader in the 21st-century healthcare space.

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Hospice of the Red River Valley Awarded $2 Million Grant for Expansion of Care to Underserved Areas in North Dakota

Hospice Red River Valley

The North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services, Medical Services Division, has awarded a substantial grant of up to $2 million to Hospice of the Red River Valley. This grant is designated for the expansion of home and community-based services to Medicaid members residing in underserved regions of North Dakota. Hospice of the Red River Valley, renowned for its compassionate care spanning over 50,000 square miles across North Dakota and Minnesota, expresses its profound commitment to sup

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7 Memorial Day Weekend Travel Tips for Families Impacted by Dementia

Today's Caregiver

With the busiest Memorial Day travel weekend in nearly two decades approaching—according to AAA, an estimated 43.8 million Americans are projected to travel between May 23 and 27.

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Celebrating a life-changing partnership: Together for Short Lives and Morrisons

Together for Short Lives

We are delighted to announce that our partnership with Morrisons has won the Short-Term Partnership Award at the Third Sector Business Charity Awards in recognition of the transformational impact we have achieved with Morrison in under three years. The post Celebrating a life-changing partnership: Together for Short Lives and Morrisons appeared first on Together for Short Lives.

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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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Meet a Champion of Nursing Diversity: Elaina Hall

Minority Nurse

Elaina Hall, DNP(c), MSN, RN, MBA, NEA-BC, FACHE, is the chief quality officer of SnapCare , formerly SnapNurse, and an experienced healthcare executive in the areas of healthcare system operations, performance improvement, nursing practice, and leadership consulting. Hall’s passion is consistently delivering the ‘best and brightest’ for SnapCare clients.

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Amedisys to Sell 100 Locations to Advance UnitedHealth Group Deal

Hospice News

Amedisys Inc. (NASDAQ: AMED) has agreed to divest upwards of 100 home health and hospice locations to an undisclosed private equity buyer as the company addresses regulators’ antitrust concerns in its pending acquisition by the UnitedHealth Group’s (UNH) health care services arm Optum. The news came in a recent social media post from The Capitol Forum.

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Dedicated Nurses Lauren Rizzo and Maggie Hopkins: Beyond a Profession, a True Calling

Daily Nurse

Lauren Rizzo and Maggie Hopkins, two compassionate nurses at the renowned John Theurer Cancer Center in Hackensack, New Jersey, under Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH), view their role as more than just a job. To them, nursing is a calling, a profound opportunity to positively impact the lives of their most vulnerable patients who are courageously battling against illness.

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2024 AAHPM Visionary Rabia Atayee, PharmD BCPS FAAHPM

AAHPM (American Academy of Hospice and Palliative)

Rabia Atayee, PharmD BCPS FAAHPM University of California San Diego AAHPM reached out to the 2024 Visionaries to gain insight into what motivated them to pursue leadership positions and what they find more fulfilling in their experiences. Rabia Atayee, PharmD BCPS FAAHPM has been recognized as one of the exceptional individuals chosen as a 2024 AAHPM Visionary in Hospice and Palliative Care.

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PROS AND CONS OF LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE

Elder Care Matters

Those who have achieved some degree of personal success typically want to convert that success into financial security. Planning carefully for the future involves making good use of acquired resources and identifying likely future expenses. People make moves to protect their assets and to access certain types of benefits. For those nearing retirement age, the… The post PROS AND CONS OF LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE appeared first on Elder Care Directory - ElderCareMatters.com.

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Alzheimer’s and Brain Health: A Guide for Medical Professionals

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common form of dementia, presents significant challenges for patients, families, and healthcare providers. Hospice care plays a vital role in supporting patients with advanced AD and their loved ones. This resource provides medical professionals with a concise overview of AD, its impact on patients nearing the end of life, and The post Alzheimer’s and Brain Health: A Guide for Medical Professionals appeared first on Abode Hospice & Home Health.

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Burn Care for Underserved Communities: A Certified Burn Nurse’s Perspective

Minority Nurse

Along with their trauma and flight nursing colleagues, burn nurses are now privileged to demonstrate their expertise in burn care with the new Certified Burn Registered Nurse (CBRN) exam from the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN). Introduced in the fall of 2023, CBRN certification spans the entire burn care continuum including prehospital care and initial management, acute and critical care, post-acute rehabilitation, outpatient and community care, and aftercare and reintegrati

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Beyond the Bedside: A Hospice Nurse Works to Change the Conversation on Death 

Hospice News

Misconceptions about and limited awareness of hospice is among the industry’s largest headwinds, a problem that one hospice nurse in California is working to solve. Julie McFadden entered the nursing profession 16 years ago, starting her career in intensive care units. After about eight years in the ICU, she “took the leap” into hospice nursing and hasn’t looked back.

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The State of the Nursing Workforce in 2024

Daily Nurse

The nursing profession is a multifaceted group that works in a variety of clinical and non-clinical roles. As the largest segment of the healthcare workforce, the state of the nursing profession has a significant impact on the state of healthcare as a whole. Assessing where nurses find themselves provides insight into what’s going well and what could improve in the world of working health professionals.

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2024 AAHPM Emerging Leader Toluwalase Ajayi, MD FAAP FAAPHM

AAHPM (American Academy of Hospice and Palliative)

Toluwalase Ajayi, MD FAAP FAAHPM Program Director University of California San Diego AAHPM reached out to the 2024 Emerging Leaders to gain insight into what motivated them to pursue leadership positions and what they find more fulfilling in their experiences. Toluwalase Ajayi, MD FAAP FAAHPM has been recognized as one of the exceptional individuals chosen as a 2024 AAHPM Emerging Leader in Hospice and Palliative Care.

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