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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Importance of Wound Care Nurses

Traditions Health

Wound Care Nurses Offer Expert Care and Education to Families The Traditions Health home health team brings important services to you and your loved ones when and where you need them most—in the comfort of your own home. This caring team of clinicians includes a director, registered nurses (RNs), and licensed vocational nurses (LVNs)—all trained and highly skilled to care for wounds.

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NHPCO: CMS Did Not Account for Full Burden of Implementing HOPE Tool

Hospice News

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may not have accounted for the financial and administrative burdens associated with its implementation of the Hospice Outcomes and Patient Evaluation (HOPE) Tool. In comments on the 2025 proposed hospice rule, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) voiced concerns that the agency’s regulatory impact assessment may not have taken all the details into account, including the need for staffing and technology investmen

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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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Balancing Comfort and Sleep

AT Home Care & Hospice

Balancing Comfort and Sleep: A Guide to Discussing Pain Medication with Hospice Families For referral partners considering hospice care for their patients, a common concern among families is the potential for pain medication to induce excessive sleep. This article equips medical professionals with talking points to navigate these conversations, emphasizing the paramountcy of patient comfort The post Balancing Comfort and Sleep appeared first on AT Home Care & Hospice.

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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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Healthy Meal Prep for Nurses on the Go: Quick and Nutritious Ideas

Diversity Nursing

Being a Nurse is demanding. With long shifts, often erratic schedules, and the constant need to be alert and energetic, maintaining a healthy diet can be challenging. However, with some strategic meal prep, it's possible to nourish your body effectively while saving time and reducing stress. Here are some quick and nutritious meal prep ideas tailored for Nurses on the go.

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How Palliative Care Is Changing in Today’s Health Care Environment

Hospice News

As the palliative care field continues to grow and transform, understanding the current trends, outlook, relevant challenges and necessary skills for future leaders is critical. Two significant trends impacting the field of palliative care currently, according to experts, are the expansion of services and the integration of technology, particularly artificial intelligence (AI).

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Arizona Nurse Discovers Dual Passions in Nursing and Earns Sixth Degree

Daily Nurse

Dr. Lokelani Ahyo, a dedicated nurse educator from Yuma, Arizona, has committed to lifelong learning by recently attaining her sixth degree – a Bachelor’s in Psychology. At 52 years old, Dr. Ahyo, a mother of seven, is a nursing professor at Southern New Hampshire University and has accumulated an impressive academic background with two associate’s degrees, a bachelor’s, a master’s, and a doctorate.

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10 Quick Breaks for Family Caregivers

American In-Home Care

As family caregivers , we often find ourselves pulled in multiple directions, balancing the needs of our loved ones with our responsibilities and obligations. It's a labor of love, but it can also be incredibly physically and emotionally demanding. However, taking care of yourself is just as important as caring for the person you love. That's why incorporating quick breaks into your daily routine reduces stress and maintains your well-being.

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

AT Home Care & Hospice

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 AT Home Care & Hospice.

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With Telehealth’s Uncertain Future, Hospices Must Be ‘Flexible’

Hospice News

Legislators recently proposed to extend the telehealth flexibilities temporarily granted during the pandemic. These efforts come at a time when telehealth utilization is making waves in hospice staff and patient engagement, as well as operational efficiency and care coordination. Hospices have leveraged telehealth to a greater extent in recent years, with some seeing a range of benefits for employees, patients and their families, according to Patrick Hale, executive vice president and chief info

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How to Style Your Everyday Scrubs and Look Professional Yet Chic

Daily Nurse

Imagine stepping into the hospital early in the morning, coffee in one hand, your trusty bag slung over your shoulder, ready to face whatever the day throws at you. But here’s the twist: you’re not just any healthcare professional; you’re the one who turns heads in the hallway, not because of the brisk pace you move or the confident way you carry yourself, but because of how darn good you look in your scrubs.

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Balancing Comfort and Sleep

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

Balancing Comfort and Sleep: A Guide to Discussing Pain Medication with Hospice Families For referral partners considering hospice care for their patients, a common concern among families is the potential for pain medication to induce excessive sleep. This article equips medical professionals with talking points to navigate these conversations, emphasizing the paramountcy of patient comfort The post Balancing Comfort and Sleep appeared first on Abode Hospice & Home Health.

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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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A Paradigm Shift in Obesity Care: Recommended Reading in AJN’s June Issue

AJN Off the Charts

The June issue of AJN is now live. Obesity, which is depicted on the June cover , has steadily increased in prevalence in the United States over the past three decades. This month’s AJN Reports , “Weight Loss Medications: Stigma and Shortages,” takes a close look at the multifaceted implications of new medications to treat obesity. (Also see editor-in-chief Carl Kirton’s editorial, “A Paradigm Shift in Obesity Care.” ) “Nursing Care for Patients After Urostomy Surgery&#

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LeadingAge: CMS on Right Track with High-Acuity Hospice RFI

Hospice News

The senior care advocacy group LeadingAge has praised the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) inquiries into high-acuity palliative care, but expressed concern over reimbursement and staffing issues. The agency’s 2025 proposed hospice rule featured a series of requests for information (RFI) on issues like health equity, social determinants of health and future quality measures.

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2024 AAHPM Emerging Leader Eric Goodlev, MD

AAHPM (American Academy of Hospice and Palliative)

Eric Goodlev. MD Cleveland Clinic 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. Eric Goodlev, MD 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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Empowering Comfort: Hospice Care for Women with End-Stage Feminine Cancers

AT Home Care & Hospice

As we recognize National Women’s Health Month in May, let’s turn our focus to a vital yet often underutilized resource for women facing the challenges of end-stage diseases specific to their gender. Hospice care offers a comprehensive approach to symptom management, emotional support, and spiritual guidance, ensuring dignity and comfort during this critical phase.

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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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3 ways to help seniors stay healthy and hydrated in warmer weather

Living Assistance Services

Summer weather has its perks, but it also comes with added health and safety considerations for seniors. Staying hydrated and avoiding.

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The State of the Hospice Nursing Workforce 

Hospice News

Honing clinical scheduling and onboarding models is key to sustaining the hospice nurse workforce as demand for these clinicians rises and wages lag compared to those in other settings. Future generations of health care clinicians may be woefully unprepared to address both the quantity and and the complexity of emotional, physical and spiritual needs among a swelling aging population nearing the end of life.

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The Influence of Scrubs in Nurses’ Mental Readiness and Overall Well-Being

Daily Nurse

For nurses, putting on their scrubs is more than just donning their work clothes—it’s about making a mental shift into their roles as caregivers. This seemingly simple act holds significant psychological power because it serves as a ritual that helps nurses prepare for the demanding day ahead. In a way, it serves as a mental cue. According to a study by the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology , putting on a uniform can create vital mental boundaries, assisting workers in managing str

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Empowering Comfort: Hospice Care for Women with End-Stage Feminine Cancers

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

As we recognize National Women’s Health Month in May, let’s turn our focus to a vital yet often underutilized resource for women facing the challenges of end-stage diseases specific to their gender. Hospice care offers a comprehensive approach to symptom management, emotional support, and spiritual guidance, ensuring dignity and comfort during this critical phase.

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How Employers Can Support Family Caregivers

Caring Senior Service

In today’s workforce, the number of employees who are also family caregivers is rising. Many people are balancing work with caring for elderly parents, children with special needs, or sick spouses. Employers who recognize and support these employees can benefit from increased loyalty, reduced absenteeism, and improved morale. Learn how employers can support family caregivers effectively.

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CMS Updates Enhancing Oncology Model for 2025

Hospice News

The U.S Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a second cohort for its Enhancing Oncology Model payment demonstration, as well as some updates to the program. The goals of the Enhancing Oncology Model (EOM), which went live on July 1, are to improve quality and reduce the cost of cancer care with augmented care coordination.

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Nurse Attire: 7 Comfy Additions to Your Everyday Work Look

Minority Nurse

As thousands of new nurses join the workforce each year, tons of essential products are geared toward making their lives easier. But whether you’re a new or experienced nurse, you might miss out on comfortable additions to your everyday work attire that will help you work 15-hour shifts without batting an eye. If you’re ready to step up your work look and comfort game, check out the tools you need to ensure your day goes as smoothly as possible, support you as a medical professional, and keep yo

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2024 AAHPM Emerging Leader David Harris, MD

AAHPM (American Academy of Hospice and Palliative)

David Harris, MD Cleveland Clinic 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. David Harris, MD 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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8 Essential Caregiver Safety Tips

Caring Senior Service

Caring for seniors is a noble responsibility, but it comes with its own set of challenges. One of these challenges is ensuring your safety as you help your client remain safe at home. Many caregivers unfortunately injure themselves while trying to help their client. When injuries and illness occur, caregivers may not be able to work, and their clients could be left without care.

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How Hospice Valuations Are Shaping Up in 2024

Hospice News

When it comes to hospice acquisitions, buyers and sellers expectations on price tags are becoming more aligned. A surge of deals in 2021 and 2022 led to record-high valuations in the space with multiples reaching in excess of 30x in some instances. While many buyers were willing to pay that premium, some stepped out of the market due to the high valuations.

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