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NAHC, NHPCO Ink Deal Completing Affiliation

Hospice News

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) have announced the completion of their affiliation agreement. The affiliation joins two of the largest organizations representing, educating and advocating for home health and hospice providers that serve millions of disabled, elderly and dying Americans across the country.

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Grief Literacy – What is it?

Life & Death Matters

When I was asked to write this blog post, I didn’t know much about the term ‘grief literacy’! I was given a few research article, but other than that, I hadn’t really come across it that often. Once I did a bunch of reading, I feel I have a much better grasp on the subject. […] The post Grief Literacy – What is it? appeared first on Life and Death Matters.

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LGBTQ+ caregivers, a new support group is here for you

HopeHealth

For LGBTQ+ caregivers, reaching out for support doesn’t always feel simple or safe. Our LGBTQ+ Caregiver Support Group hopes to help change that. The post LGBTQ+ caregivers, a new support group is here for you appeared first on HopeHealth.

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Urinary Incontinence Revisited: George Kuchel & Alison Huang

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary I have to start with the song. On our last podcast about urinary incontinence the song request was, “Let it go.” This time around several suggestions were raised. Eric suggested, “Even Flow,” by Pearl Jam. Someone else suggested, “Under Pressure,” but we’ve done it already. We settled on, “Oops…I did it again,” by Britney Spears.

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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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Aggressive Cancer Treatment at End of Life Does Not Extend Survival

Hospice News

Aggressive treatment to terminally ill advanced cancer patients did not increase their lifespan, a recent study found. Researchers from the Yale Cancer Center in New Haven, Connecticut, and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston conducted the study , which appeared in JAMA Oncology. They found no significant differences in the length of survival between those who underwent aggressive treatment at the end of life and those who did not.

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Jenay A. Powell, MD reflects on her Next Gen experience

AAHPM (American Academy of Hospice and Palliative)

Jenay A. Powell, MD University of Tennessee Internal Medicine The AAHPM Next Gen Scholars for Equity in Hospice and Palliative Medicine program sponsors residents from underrepresented communities who are interested in hospice and palliative medicine (HPM). Research shows that providing culturally effective HPM services to marginalized communities can help address disparities.

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Meet a Champion of Nursing Diversity: Dr. Robin Geiger

Minority Nurse

Robin Geiger, DNP, MSN, APRN, NP-C, FNP-BC, NEA-BC, is an accomplished, results-driven, board-certified nurse executive with over 20 years of hands-on clinical leadership experience. Dr. Geiger ’ s professional focus is on health equity and clinician advocacy. Through the ACT (Advocacy, Career, Tools) program for all clinicians within the Ingenovis Health brands, Dr.

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AAHPM CMO Joe Rotella: Hospice Does Not Exist to Save Money

Hospice News

Dr. Joe Rotella, chief medical officer of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), calls on hospices to maintain their core principles amid a churning sea of regulatory and economic changes. Rotella began his medical career as a primary care physician in a small, rural town in central New Hampshire, where he stayed for 12 years.

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Joint NAHC-NHPCO Statement on Signing of Affiliation Agreement

NHPCO

For Immediate Release PHOTO LINK June 18, 2024 Washington, D.C. and Alexandria, VA – On June 10, the Board Chairs and chief executive officers of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) met in Washington, D.C. to formally sign the affiliation agreement between the two leading organizations in the care at home community.

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Working towards holistic, integrated and personalised perinatal care within a ‘constellation of biases’.

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

The last blog in our series to focus on maternal inequalities comes from Kaat De Backer 1 & Dr Nicola Vousden 2 and provides an overview of some of the evident social drivers of maternal inequality within the UK and how this might begin to be addressed with personalised care. For more than two decades, the UK Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths has consistently shown that women of Black and Asian ethnicity have a significantly increased risk of dying during pregnancy or within six week

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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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Exploring the Role of the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner

Daily Nurse

According to the U.S. Census Bureau , the number of Americans 65 and older grew five times faster than the total population between 1920 and 2020, reaching a 2020 peak of 55.8 million (or 16.8% of the population). If 1 in 20 people were 65 or older in 1920 and 1 in 6 are now of an advanced age, our healthcare system’s ability to address those individuals’ needs is crucial.

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Silverstone Health Expands Care Continuum Beyond Hospice, Sees Skyrocketing Census Growth

Hospice News

Dallas-based Silverstone Health has expanded its continuum of home-based services while growing its total daily census from 17 patients to 2,000. Silverstone came on the scene in 2020 as a standalone hospice after CEO Alfonso Montiel’s purchase and rebranding of Comfort Care Hospice in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. Since then, the company has built a palliative care service and is developing a personal care business.

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Aphasia awareness: Promoting an abilities-based approach to stroke rehabilitation

Rehab Realities by Renee Kinder

June marks Aphasia Awareness Month , a time dedicated to raising awareness about aphasia, a language disorder that affects communication abilities following brain damage, often due to stroke. Aphasia affects more than two million Americans, with stroke being the leading cause. It impairs the ability to process language, affecting speaking, understanding, reading and writing.

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Preventing Senior Accidental Overdoses

Today's Caregiver

A growing concern for family caregivers is the possibility of a loved one’s accidental overdose. This is an issue I hear about with alarming frequency. If nothing else, the statistics bear out the potential for danger to our loved ones.

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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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Tiny Fighter to Guardian Angel: Jay Larsen’s Serendipitous Journey Back Home

Daily Nurse

It’s been a remarkable nursing journey for 23-year-old Jay Larsen, a NICU nurse at HSHS St. Vincent’s Children’s Hospital in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Born prematurely, she spent her early months in the same NICU where she now provides care to infants in need. This unique connection to her work is a testament to the power of serendipity in guiding our paths.

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Hospice of Marion County Trains First Responders to Care for Dementia Patients

Hospice News

Florida-based Hospice of Marion County, an affiliate of Empath Health, is training first responders in its community on how to treat dementia patients. For several years, the nonprofit hospice has been educating family caregivers and others in their community about the experiences of dementia patients and how to better interact with them. More recently, Hospice of Marion County has been expanding that training to include local law enforcement and fire departments, as well as medical students and

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Navigating Internet Safety with Your Senior

Accessible Home Health Care

The internet is everywhere and a big part of life for everyone. Navigating potential dangers can be pretty easy if you ensure you are participating in good internet safety practices. However, for our senior loved ones, the internet might be a place that confuses and overwhelms them. Ensuring you are there to reassure them that they are safe to navigate this unknown can go a long way toward keeping your loved one safe.

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Celebrating Excellence: Emily Muse Receives the 2024 Chris Mahaffey Inspiring Leader Award

AAHPM (American Academy of Hospice and Palliative)

Emily Muse, CAE, AAHPM Sr. Director of Marketing and Membership, has been honored with the prestigious 2024 Association Forum Chris Mahaffey Inspiring Leader Award. This award recognizes Emily’s remarkable contributions as a leader at AAHPM, her dedication to fostering a positive work culture, and her unwavering commitment to collaboration. Emily embodies the very essence of inspirational leadership, setting a shining example for her peers and colleagues.

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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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Benefits of Hospice for Aging Men

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

Understanding How Hospice Can Benefit Your Aging Male Patients: A Guide for Medical Professionals Men’s Health Month serves as a timely reminder to focus on the specific healthcare needs of the aging male population. This demographic often faces a unique set of challenges, including higher mortality rates from chronic diseases and a reluctance to seek The post Benefits of Hospice for Aging Men appeared first on Abode Hospice & Home Health.

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Pennant Group Gains New England Foothold with Hartford HealthCare Partnership

Hospice News

The Pennant Group (NASDAQ: PNTG) has inked a management and consulting services agreement with Hartford HealthCare at Home (HHCAH). HHCAH is the home health and hospice segment of the Hartford HealthCare integrated health system. The health system retains ownership of HHCAH, with Pennant providing financial support services, human resources advising, information technology and other management consulting services.

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2024 U.S. NP Pay By Cost of Living

Diversity Nursing

Nurse Practitioners play a crucial role in the healthcare system, providing high-quality care to patients across the nation. One key aspect of their profession is their hourly pay, which varies significantly depending on the state they practice in. Understanding the mean hourly wages for Nurse Practitioners in each state, adjusted for cost of living, can provide valuable insights into the financial aspects of this important healthcare profession.

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Data Shows Flexible Nursing Workforce Can Fill Dreaded Summer and Holiday Staffing Gaps

Daily Nurse

Every nurse is familiar with the underlying anxiety of not working a holiday. At the core of that anxiety is a specific fear: the fear of receiving a desperate call from a nurse manager asking them to come into work despite the fact they’re not on holiday rotation. Likewise, every nurse manager maintains a similar level of dread during the holidays and when the summer rolls around.

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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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Optimizing Care for Aging Men

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

Men’s Health Month: Optimizing Care for Aging Males with Home Health Care Services Men’s Health Month offers an opportunity to emphasize the unique healthcare needs of the aging male population. This demographic often faces distinct challenges, including a higher prevalence of chronic conditions and a tendency to delay seeking medical attention [1].

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Bristol Hospice Enters Mississippi Market with Mid-Delta Hospice Acquisition

Hospice News

Bristol Hospice has acquired Mississippi-based Mid-Delta Hospice, a move that marked its entry into the state. The decision to launch services in a new state came with growing recognition around rising demand for home health and hospice care, according to Bristol Hospice CEO and President Alex Mauricio. The acquisition helps pave the way for expanded hospice access and future sustainable growth of these services across communities in Mississippi, Mauricio stated.

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2024 U.S. RN Pay By Cost of Living

Diversity Nursing

Registered Nurses (RNs) play a crucial role in the healthcare system, providing vital care and support to patients across the United States. One key aspect that often piques interest is the hourly wages RNs earn in different states. Understanding the variations in RN hourly wages can provide valuable insights into the cost of living and the overall compensation for these essential healthcare professionals.

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Traditions Health of Lawton, OK Awarded Home Health Accreditation

Traditions Health

Franklin, TN – Traditions Health of Lawton, OK has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Home Health 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 Lawton home health branch underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review.

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Helping Heroes Age Well

AT Home Care & Hospice

Helping Heroes Age Well: How Home Health Care Can Address the Needs of Patients with PTSD Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can develop after exposure to a traumatic event. While often associated with Veterans, PTSD can affect anyone who has experienced a serious physical or emotional threat. As the population The post Helping Heroes Age Well appeared first on AT Home Care & Hospice.

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Tapestry Hospice Execs Settle Fraud Case for $1.4M; Prison Term, $3M Penalty in Angel Care Case

Hospice News

Anti-kickback and health care fraud cases have recently cropped up in two southern states, with hospice personnel facing millions in fines and one owner facing imprisonment for their involvement. Tapestry Hospice Executives Settle in FCA Case A federal court in Georgia recently announced that executives at Tapestry Hospice of Northwest Georgia LLC have agreed to pay $1.4 million to settle alleged anti-kickback statute violations of the False Claims Act (FCA).

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Inclusive Care for LGBTQ+ Patients: Nurse Best Practices

Diversity Nursing

In the ever-evolving healthcare landscape, it is crucial to prioritize inclusivity to deliver top-notch care to all patients. This is especially significant when tending to LGBTQ+ individuals, who often encounter distinct obstacles and inequalities in healthcare. As Nurses, we play a vital role in championing patient care and establishing a warm and inclusive environment.

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Power Outage Tips for Seniors: Prepare Now to Prevent Problems Later!

Responsive Home Care

Summertime is a prime time for power outages. For many of us, it is a minor inconvenience; however for older adults, it may cause an actual safety concern. The simplest way to handle sudden power outages is through proactive preparation to ensure older loved ones are equipped and prepared to ride out the storm, giving […] The post Power Outage Tips for Seniors: Prepare Now to Prevent Problems Later!

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Traditions Health of Chickasha, OK Awarded Home Health Accreditation

Traditions Health

Franklin, TN – Traditions Health of Chickasha, OK has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Home Health 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 Chickasha home health branch underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review.

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How Health Equity Impacts Hospices’ Bottom Lines

Hospice News

More hospices nationwide have increasingly recognized the value proposition of expanding their reach into untapped and underserved populations and geographic markets. Aside from increased access, census volumes and quality, health equity’s return on investment can also include a better recruitment and retention outlook, according to David Turner, vice president of special projects and initiatives at St.

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