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How Hospices Can Effectively Rebrand

Hospice News

A rising number of hospices have undergone name changes in recent years, prompting many to consider the elements of an effective rebranding strategy. As hospices nationwide develop new services to engage patients further upstream, some are rebranding to reflect their expanded scope and to avoid the word “hospice” in their company names, hoping to ameliorate patients’ anxiety about end-of-life care.

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Healing at home: Meet a home care physical therapist

HopeHealth

It takes years of training to become a physical therapist. It also takes a lot of compassion. Meet one of our own, from HopeHealth’s home care team. The post Healing at home: Meet a home care physical therapist appeared first on HopeHealth.

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Sneak Peek! “Talking About Death Won’t Kill You”

Life & Death Matters

Kathy Kortes-Miller has generously provided the first chapter of her book “Talking about death won’t kill you” for us to post here! Have a read – we think you’ll agree it’s a stunning resource. If you are interested, Kathy is speaking about her book in our webinar on November 7, 2023. Registration info is at […] The post Sneak Peek!

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National Hospice Organizations Against CMS’ Final Design of its Special Focus Program

NHPCO

For Immediate Release November 1, 2023 (Alexandria, VA and Washington, DC) – The four preeminent national hospice organizations – LeadingAge, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI) – strongly oppose the final design of the hospice special focus program (SFP) as presented in the CY2024 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update (CMS

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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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The Potential of Psychedelics in Bereavement Care

Hospice News

Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy (PAP) in bereavement support may have benefits for families coping with the loss of a loved one. However, gauging the potential impacts of psychedelic utilization among grieving individuals requires careful consideration when assessing quality outcomes, according to Ryan Moss, chief science officer at Filament Health Corp.

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Partnership to support families of seriously ill children with rising energy bills

Together for Short Lives

A new partnership between Together for Short Lives and gas network company SGN will provide vital support this winter for families. From 2 November 2023 Together for Short Lives will be encouraging families to urgently sign up to the Priority Services Register to ensure they’ll receive additional support during a gas, electricity or water outage. […] The post Partnership to support families of seriously ill children with rising energy bills appeared first on Together for Short Lives.

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Trust Your Gut: The Profound Implications of the Microbiome for Our Health

AJN Off the Charts

The transformative potential of the microbiome. I’ve always considered the saying “trust your gut” to be a directive to respond to one’s innate instincts. However, as a gastroenterology clinical nurse specialist, I now recognize there can be a literal meaning to that phrase with the recent discovery of the microbiome and its implications for our health.

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[UPDATED] CMS Finalizes Hospice Special Focus Program, 36-Month Rule

Hospice News

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized its 2024 home health rule, including the implementation of a hospice Special Focus Program (SFP). The rule also finalizes the proposed “36-month”rule for hospice providers. The requirement mirrors a regulation that has existed for several years for home health agencies. The final rule forbids any change in majority ownership during the 36 months after initial Medicare enrollment, including acquisitions, stock transactions

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A Funny Thing Happened…

Today's Caregiver

I always start the Fearless Caregiver Conferences with one of the most important aspects of a family caregiver’s life- Humor. Humor will get a caregiver through the most challenging situations.

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Celebrating a Baby’s First Halloween in the NICU

Daily Nurse

It’s Halloween at the Children’s Hospital New Orleans (CHNOLA), and the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nursing team is celebrating with adorable handmade animal costumes for their babies. The NICU nursing team will dress as zookeepers to match the babies. Emily Cade, RN in the CHNOLA NICU, says making costumes and dressing the babies up for Halloween is a special tradition in the Children’s Hospital NICU. “We love seeing our babies celebrate their first Halloween, an

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American Diabetes Month

AT Home Care & Hospice

American Diabetes Month: Managing Diabetes with Home Health Care Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how your body turns food into energy. There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that causes your body to attack the cells in your pancreas that produce The post American Diabetes Month appeared first on AT Home Care & Hospice.

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Breast Cancer Patients Often Lack Access to Palliative Care

Hospice News

Breast cancer patients often lack access to palliative care services, but the needle may be moving as researchers dig into common barriers and clinical and financial outcomes. A recent study of nearly 30,000 hospitalized metastatic breast cancer patients found that only 19% received palliative care from 2010 to 2014. The Scientific Reports study examined patient data in the U.S.

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The Role of Hospice Nursing in End-of-Life Care

Diversity Nursing

Understanding Hospice Care Hospice care is a specialized type of care that focuses on providing comfort and support to individuals who are nearing the end of their lives. It is designed to help patients maintain their dignity and quality of life during this challenging time. Hospice care can be provided in various settings, including the patient's home, a hospice facility, or a hospital.

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As Your Nursing Resume Gathers Dust

Daily Nurse

Your nursing career has a unique narrative that propels it, and your resume is one place where it’s essential to get the story right if you want prospective employers to notice you or other opportunities to come to fruition. In a complex, evolving, and often competitive job market, having an up-to-date resume ready to go at all times is simply smart.

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I Made it, Despite Life’s Ups and Downs

Nurse.com

My story begins when I was 6 years old. I was living in a violent world surrounded by chaos and alcoholism. My father had been a Navy medic in the Korean and Vietnam wars and was suffering from PTSD, nightmares, and sleepless nights. Lori Wells, RN But I have fond memories of staying up late with him and watching classic shows like Car 54, Where Are You?

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Gentiva Acquires ProMedica’s Hospice, Home Health, Palliative Care Business

Hospice News

The hospice, palliative care and personal care provider Gentiva has acquired the hospice, home health and palliative assets of the nonprofit health system ProMedica. Though Gentiva did not disclose the financial terms of the transaction, Bloomberg reported that ProMedica’s Heartland Hospice is valued at $710 million. Heartland Hospice is headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, with locations in 26 states. “This is a significant milestone because we believe this transaction will benefit the patients

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The Legal Responsibilities of Nursing

Diversity Nursing

Nursing is a multifaceted profession that requires strong clinical skills, excellent problem-solving, top-notch communication skills, and a deep understanding of the legal obligations and implications of Nursing practice. The legal aspects of Nursing are just as important as the clinical aspects to ensure you are providing safe patient care. Here are some of the legal aspects of Nursing to know and understand.

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A Passion for Breast Cancer Advocacy and Unique Perspective on Survivorship: Meet The Pink Warrior 

Daily Nurse

Being one of 240,000 are great odds if you’re playing the billion-dollar Powerball, but not when those odds are for being diagnosed with breast cancer. According to the CDC, close to 240,000 cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in women and about 2,100 in men each year, and Courtney Shihabuddin DNP, APRN-CNP, was one of those women in 2020. Shihabuddin was diagnosed with breast cancer on February 13, 2020.

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Nurse May Have Grounds for a Defamation Suit

Nurse.com

An RN says another nurse accused her of having dementia and spread this falsehood to other nurses and administrators. The state Board of Nursing (BON) also received an anonymous complaint against the RN. The BON held a hearing with the RN, clinic administration, and others, but the board has yet to make its determination. The RN has denied this allegation and wonders if she has any legal recourse.

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Proposed California Bill Aims For $25 Health Care Worker Minimum Wage

Hospice News

Recently proposed legislation in California may raise minimum wages to $25 per hour among health care workers in the state. Sen. Maria Elena Durazo (D-Calif.) recently introduced a bill that would establish five separate minimum wage schedules for health care employees. If enacted, the bill would instill incremental payroll hikes among workers during the next decade, with deadlines to meet the $25 per hour threshold varying by health care setting, as well as an organization’s staff and patient p

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2023 Happy Healthy Caregiver Holiday Gift Guide

Happy Healthy Caregiver

2023 Happy Healthy Caregiver Holiday Gift Guide Welcome to our 2023 Holiday Gift Guide, specially curated for individuals who care for their friends or family or need a gift idea for those they care about. Whether searching for thoughtful presents for family caregivers or seeking comfort and convenience for those receiving care, our guide is … 2023 Happy Healthy Caregiver Holiday Gift Guide Read More » The post 2023 Happy Healthy Caregiver Holiday Gift Guide appeared first on Happy He

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Weathering the Winter Blues: Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder in Older Adults

American In-Home Care

As the days grow shorter and the seasons change ever so slightly in Florida, many people, especially older adults, experience a noticeable change in their mood and energy levels. This phenomenon is known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that typically strikes during the late fall and winter months. It can be particularly challenging for older adults who may already face reduced mobility or illness, forcing them to spend more time indoors.

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American Diabetes Month

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

American Diabetes Month: Managing Diabetes with Home Health Care Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects how your body turns food into energy. There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that causes your body to attack the cells in your pancreas that produce The post American Diabetes Month appeared first on Abode Hospice & Home Health.

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Lawmakers Take Bipartisan Approach to Hospice, Palliative Care Policy

Hospice News

Some federal legislators are working to address workforce issues in the hospice space, as well as bolstering support for family caregivers. In a fractious political environment, hospice and palliative care policy is one area in which members of both parties find common ground. Lawmakers have introduced a series of bipartisan bills designed to relieve workforce pressures and improve quality, according to Megan Thompson, senior policy advisor for Senator Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.).

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NAVIGATING THE TRANSITION TO MEMORY CARE

Elder Care Matters

Caring for an older adult with dementia can be an emotionally challenging journey for families. There may come a point when the needs of your loved one surpass what can be provided at home, even with the best of intentions and efforts. Transitioning to a memory care facility can be the best option for both… The post NAVIGATING THE TRANSITION TO MEMORY CARE appeared first on Elder Care Directory - ElderCareMatters.com.

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NCNA Releases Racial Reckoning Statement and Commits to Increased Inclusivity

Minority Nurse

The North Carolina Nurses Association (NCNA) has spent the past year embarking on a multipronged initiative of self-reflection, intentional listening, and planning a more inclusive version of Nursing Forward. The methodical process culminated in a Racial Reckoning Statement approved by NCNA’s Board of Directors in September. The statement acknowledges NCNA’s history, apologizes for its past actions, and commits to relentlessly holding itself accountable as a more inclusive association in th

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Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Nurse Nacole

Category: Fundamentals Capnography is more sensitive than clinical assessment of ventilation in detecting apnea along with other respiratory complications. This leads to more awareness of respiratory complications associated with procedural sedation.

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Value-Based Payment Models Driving Nonprofit Hospice Affiliations

Hospice News

As hospices prepare for Medicare Advantage, more nonprofits are finding that creating partnerships or entering affiliations will better position themselves for payer negotiations. Nonprofit hospice affiliations have surged in 2022 and 2023. This is in addition to the creation of several regional collaborative networks and the formation of new Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).

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Questions Family Caregivers Should Ask Their Loved One

Caring Senior Service

Providing care for a loved one is a significant responsibility. Communication is key to ensuring both you and your loved one are comfortable and that they are receiving the care they need. Here are some important questions to ask your aging parent or another loved one you care for.

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Why Financial Planning Matters to You

Minority Nurse

Financial planning takes time and effort, but the end results of a good financial plan can be life changing. Planning for your financial future–both immediate and long-term–might not be as fun as planning or other things in your life, but the investment in your time will reap real dividends in both money and stress reduction. Pablo Oliva, a wealth advisor with Northsight Wealth Management, LLC , says that financial planning isn’t something that only wealthy people need. “

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Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Nurse Nacole

Category: Fundamentals Obstructive apnea is characterized by loss of the capnogram with continued chest wall movement and absent breath sounds. The response of the capnogram to airway alignment maneuvers can distinguish obstruction from laryngospasm.

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Study: New Palliative Interventions Needed for Adolescents, Young Adults

Hospice News

Specialty palliative care reduces pain severity in most adolescents and young adults (AYAs) with cancer, but work remains to reduce other symptoms, a recent study found. The study , published in JAMA by Canadian researcher Dr. Sumit Gupta and co-authors, reviewed data from 5,435 AYAs with cancer between the ages of 15- and 29-years-old. Regular symptom assessments are key The researchers found that AYAs who reported moderate or severe symptoms through the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS)

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When to Know It’s Time to Consider Hospice Care

Hospice Promise

How will you know it’s time to consider hospice care? Discussing the topic of death with loved ones can be incredibly difficult. Hospice care is not about giving up. It’s about providing patients and their families with choices that will help them find comfort and peace. Our team acts as a guide every step of the way, supporting you and your loved ones as you prepare for this next stage.

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Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Improves Health Equity, Offers Specialized Training with New HRSA Grant

Minority Nurse

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing has received a four-year, $2.8 million Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Workforce grant for a primary care nurse practitioner residency program that will recruit, train, and retain primary care providers with a passion for helping rural and underserved communities. Associate Professor Pam Jones, BSN’81, MSN’92, DNP’13, FAAN, is the grant’s project director, with Associate Professor Christian Ketel, DNP’14, FNAP, serving

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Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Nurse Nacole

Category: Fundamentals Both central and obstructive apnea can be detected almost instantaneously by capnography. Loss of the capnogram, in conjunction with no chest wall movement and no breath sounds on auscultation, confirms the diagnosis of central apnea.

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Compassus Taps John Cullen as New CFO

Hospice News

The Tennessee-based home-based care organization Compassus has appointed John Cullen as its new CFO, effective October 30. Cullen comes to Compassus from Scripps Health, where he was vice president of corporate development. There, he led a range of growth initiatives, including mergers and acquisitions and joint venture transactions, according to a press release from Compassus.