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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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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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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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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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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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Fraudulent Hospice Providers May Be Moving Between States

Hospice News

Fraudulent hospices continue to proliferate, and some may be moving between states to escape regulators. Beginning in 2021, numerous reports emerged of unethical or illegal practices among hundreds of newly licensed hospices, particularly among new companies popping up in California, Texas, Nevada and Arizona. Thus far, California is the only state to take action on the issue, including a moratorium on hospice licensing.

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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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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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Congress Mulls Bill to Extend Recertifications by Telehealth

Hospice News

A bill currently before Congress would extend through 2026 regulatory flexibilities related to telehealth, including the ability to recertify patients for hospice care. If enacted, the Preserving Telehealth, Hospital, and Ambulance Access Act, would as of 2025 extend the flexibilities by two years. It also includes some exceptions. If a hospice is undergoing a period of enhanced oversight by the U.S.

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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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Unlock the Power of Nursing: Top Three Must-Have Nursing Books for Your Bookshelf

Daily Nurse

Meet Dr. Deborah Dolan Hunt, PhD, RN, a nurse who is making a positive impact as an educator, writer, and scholar. She is a full professor at the Dr. Betty L. Forest Dean of the College of Nursing and Public Health at Adelphi University and has authored three essential nursing books for Springer Publishing: Fast Facts About the Nursing Profession , The New Nurse Educator , and The Nurse Professional.

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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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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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[UPDATED] Enhabit Will Remain a Standalone Business

Hospice News

The home health and hospice provider Enhabit, Inc. (NYSE: EHAB) will continue to operate as a stand-alone company instead of pursuing a sale. The company has completed a strategic review, which began last August, to consider alternatives such as a merger or sale.Progress on the company’s goals had not been fast enough , CEO Barbara Jacobsmeyer said at the time.

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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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Meet the Inspiring Mother-Daughter Nursing Duo Creating a Legacy of Care

Daily Nurse

Rebellion is a rite of passage for young adults, especially when following in their parents’ footsteps. So, when Angeleen Campbell, the daughter of two registered nurses, set her sights on a career in accounting, it seemed perfectly normal. But destiny, or perhaps a more potent force like genetics, had other plans. Witnessing her family’s dedication to caring for her ailing grandmother at home sparked a flicker of inspiration in Angeleen, slowly but surely nudging her towards a path she initiall

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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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Traditions Health of Bogart, GA Awarded Hospice Accreditation

Traditions Health

Nashville, TN – Traditions Health of Bogart, GA 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 Bogart hospice branch underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review.

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GAO: CMS Should Step Up Hospice Oversight, Surveys

Hospice News

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in a new report indicated that the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should beef up hospice oversight, including addressing overdue surveys. To date, CMS has fully implemented five and partially implemented three of eight provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA), though quality issues persist in the hospice space.

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Honoring Our Elders & Early Hospice Education

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

Honoring Our Elders: Optimizing End-of-Life Care Through Early Hospice Education As we approach Older Americans Month in May, it’s crucial to recognize the unique healthcare needs of this growing demographic. With advancements in medicine, life expectancy has risen significantly, yet many older adults face the reality of terminal illness. Here, we explore the importance of The post Honoring Our Elders & Early Hospice Education appeared first on Abode Hospice & Home Health.

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Meet Two Harvard-trained Clinicians Championing Pediatric Mental Health

Daily Nurse

Two distinguished clinicians, Mona Potter, M.D. and Kathryn Boger, Ph.D., ABPP , both Harvard-trained and with nearly two decades of experience in academic medicine, embarked on a mission to revolutionize the pediatric mental health system. Their journey began when they co-developed the McLean Anxiety Mastery Program (MAMP) at McLean Hospital, and then they were determined to apply what they had learned to a larger scale.

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Traditions Health of Newnan, GA Awarded Hospice Accreditation

Traditions Health

Nashville, TN – Traditions Health of Newnan, GA 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 Newnan hospice branch underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review.

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Hospice Pivotal to Enhabit’s Growth Strategy as a Standalone Company

Hospice News

Hospice will remain a core piece of Enhabit Inc.’s (NYSE: EHAB) strategic growth plans following its recent announcements to remain a standalone business. The company was mum about its strategic decision not to sell in Thursday’s earnings call, but executives elaborated on its home health and hospice focal points. Dallas-headquartered Enhabit has been mulling a potential sale since investors floated the idea in June 2023.

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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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A Chorus of Nursing Voices and the Timeless Truths of Ancient Tragedy

AJN Off the Charts

Nurses’ yearning to be supported and seen as human beings. Fluorescent lights flicker. A relentless symphony of beeps and alarms, the scent of disinfectant wipes seeping through the fibers of a surgical mask. Keystrokes on keyboards keep charts in check while medications are meticulously prepared: the science of nursing, a 24/7, 365-day dance of care.

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Reaching for a Helping Hand

Elaine Mansfield

Anthony and David “No more heroics,” my son Anthony says. His brother David would say the same. “No. More. Heroics.” I hear him. I’ve never been sick like this. I’ve never felt so helpless. Anthony lives three miles from me and drove me to the ER when I couldn’t breathe. Then I spent a few nights at home gasping and wheezing. I didn’t call anyone but willed my way through those nights.

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Pennant Sees ‘Record-Breaking’ Hospice, Home Health Growth

Hospice News

The Pennant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: PNTG) brought in record-high service revenue during the first quarter of the year, in part fueled by growth in its hospice and home health service lines. Meanwhile, the Idaho-based home health, hospice and senior living provider is full-speed ahead on its same-store growth and acquisition plans, according to Pennant CEO Brent Guerisoli.

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FNU Receives Inclusive Excellence, Belonging, and Sustainability in Nursing Education Award

Diversity Nursing

Versailles, Ky. – Frontier Nursing University (FNU), located in Versailles, Ky., was announced as the private college and university recipient of the 2023 Inclusive Excellence, Belonging, and Sustainability in Nursing Education Award, presented annually by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). This award recognizes outstanding contributions made by a school of nursing that champions inclusive excellence, belonging, and sustainable, innovative strategies in nursing education.

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NHPCO and HAN Secure Significant Policy Victories in Congress

NHPCO

For Immediate Release May 10, 2024 (Alexandria, VA) – This week marked a series of triumphs for the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and its advocacy arm, the Hospice Action Network (HAN), in collaboration with the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC). Notably, the trade associations spearheaded discussions with the House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee, resulting in crucial advancements in telehealth flexibility for hospice care.

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Responsibilities of Being a Power of Attorney

Elder Care Matters

Kim Hegwood recently was a special guest on the Parent Projects Podcast to discuss the crucial topic of “Responsibilities of Being a Power of Attorney.” Kim’s extensive experience in estate planning and elder law allows her to provide invaluable insights to the Parent Projects’ national audience and offers listeners a comprehensive understanding of the responsibilities… The post Responsibilities of Being a Power of Attorney appeared first on Elder Care Directory - ElderCareMatters.com.

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Improving Inclusive Palliative Care for Transgender Patients

Hospice News

Palliative care delivery approaches that are not gender-inclusive can contribute to significant quality issues in caring for transgender populations. Palliative professionals are among the health care providers with room for improvement in their gender affirming practices, according to Zachary Fried, licensed clinical social worker and training supervisor of Optum at Home, a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH).

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The Heartbeat of Healthcare: Embracing the Noble Journey of Nursing

Diversity Nursing

Within the vast world of healthcare, Nurses serve as beacons of compassion, knowledge, and strength.They are the unsung heroes, the caregivers who hold the hands of the sick, the healers who bring comfort in times of distress. Nursing is not merely a profession; it's a calling, a commitment to serve humanity with unwavering dedication. In this article, we explore the profound reasons why Nursing is not just a career choice but a way of life.

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Beyond Aduhelm: New Alzheimer’s Treatment Options on the Horizon

Responsive Home Care

One positive thing about Alzheimer’s disease is it has captured the attention of researchers everywhere who are motivated to discover new treatment options. When an individual you love is diagnosed with the disease, however, the urgency to find help is all the greater. If this is you, be encouraged! Though Aduhelm, the controversial treatment approved […] The post Beyond Aduhelm: New Alzheimer’s Treatment Options on the Horizon appeared first on Responsive Home Care.

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Honoring Our Elders & Early Hospice Education

AT Home Care & Hospice

Honoring Our Elders: Optimizing End-of-Life Care Through Early Hospice Education As we approach Older Americans Month in May, it’s crucial to recognize the unique healthcare needs of this growing demographic. With advancements in medicine, life expectancy has risen significantly, yet many older adults face the reality of terminal illness. Here, we explore the importance of The post Honoring Our Elders & Early Hospice Education appeared first on AT Home Care & Hospice.

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How Augmented Reality Helped AccentCare Improve Patient, Staff Satisfaction

Hospice News

AccentCare’s augmented reality (AR) hospice program has led to improved patient satisfaction and symptom management, along with benefits for staff. Augmented reality experiences can have spiritual and emotional impacts on terminally ill patients, as well as help alleviate anxiety, isolation. It can also help manage pain and other symptoms, according to Allison Ostashen, senior clinical learning and development specialist at AccentCare.

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The Power of Compassion: Building Therapeutic Relationships with Patients

Diversity Nursing

In the bustling world of healthcare, amidst the flurry of medical charts, diagnostic tests, and treatment plans, it's easy to overlook one of the most potent tools in a Nurse's arsenal; compassion. Yet, it's this quality that often makes the crucial difference in patient outcomes and satisfaction. Let's delve into the profound impact of compassionate care and explore strategies for fostering strong therapeutic relationships with patients and families, even amid challenging circumstances.

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Reflecting on Nurses Week: What Would Florence Think?

Minority Nurse

Nurses Week occurs every year during the second week of May, and much fanfare is made of the pizza parties, tote bags, water bottles, and signs proclaiming “ heroes work here.” If we want to be more thoughtful and reflective about the phenomenon of National Nurses Week, there ’ s much more to this annual moment of recognition than these familiar superficial trappings.

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