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Hospices Climbing ‘Steeper Stairs’ as UPIC, TPE Audits Spike

Hospice News

Hospice program integrity has been in the spotlight for at least the past two years, often with high financial stakes for providers. Unified Program Integrity Contractor (UPIC) and Targeted Probe and Educate (TPE) audits are designed to key regulatory safeguards against bad actors in the hospice industry. Both include oversight measures aimed at ensuring hospice program integrity, though each come with their own set of challenges for providers, according to legal experts.

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A safe space, a trusted resource: Meet a hospice social worker

HopeHealth

Social workers provide everything from emotional support to help with community and financial resources. Here’s how they fit into a hospice team. The post A safe space, a trusted resource: Meet a hospice social worker appeared first on HopeHealth.

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Psychedelics – reasons for caution: Stacy Fischer, Brian Anderson, Theora Cimino

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary Psychedelics are having a moment. Enthusiasm is brimming. Legalization is moving forward in several states , following the lead of Oregon and Colorado. FDA is considering approval, shifting away from Schedule I restrictions, paving the way for use in clinical practice. Potential use in palliative care , chronic pain , and for mood disorders is tantalizing.

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3 Ways to streamline administrative efficiency with home care software

AlayaCare

Managing a home care agency involves overseeing a multitude of tasks such as scheduling, caregiver communication, invoicing, and more. However, these administrative responsibilities can be time-consuming and demanding, leaving you with less time to focus on other essential aspects of your work. Adrian Shauer, CEO of AlayaCare,’s Top predictions for home-based care in 2023 report stated that it’s estimated that agencies spend as much as one-third of their gross profit coordinating and super

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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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Prospero Health to Merge with Landmark within UnitedHealth Group’s Optum

Hospice News

After quietly being acquired by Optum toward the beginning of last year, home-based care provider Prospero Health is merging with Landmark Health. The two companies are under the ownership of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) subsidiary Optum. Landmark reportedly joined Optum at the beginning of 2021. Both Landmark and Prospero are major palliative care providers in addition to their other medical services.

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Nurse’s Side Gig: Stand-up Comedian

Daily Nurse

Laughter is the best medicine, especially when being a stand-up comedian is a nursing side gig that helps nurses deal with the profession’s stress. Just ask Kelli Dunham RN BSN, Community School Director of NYC Public Schools. Dunham has been performing comedy as a nurse for 25 years.

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4 Strategies to differentiate yourself from competitors in home health  

AlayaCare

The home health industry in the USA is growing rapidly due to an aging population and an increased demand for healthcare services provided in the home. This growth in home health has led to an increase in competition among different providers, making it necessary for home health providers to start differentiating themselves presenting the organization with an opportunity to grow their business.

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VITAS Taps Alexander Fernandez as CFO, EVP

Hospice News

Chemed Corp. (NYSE: CHE) VITAS Healthcare has appointed Alexander Fernandez as its CFO and executive vice president (EVP). Fernandez oversees the Florida-based hospice company’s finances, investor relations and accounting functions. He will also help to drive VITAS’ growth, accelerate positive financial trends and ensure compliance. Fernandez joins the company at a crucial point in its trajectory, as the company continues to battle workforce challenges and lingering pandemic headwinds.

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How To Talk To Aging Parents About Home Care

Caring Senior Service

As our parents age, it can be difficult to talk to them about getting some help at home. However, it’s important to have these conversations to ensure that loved ones remain safe. When you bring up the idea of getting some help from a caregiver, your parent might welcome the idea, but more likely, they may become defensive or self-conscious. If this happens, here are some ways that you can navigate this difficult conversation.

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Habits for a Healthier Lifestyle

Freedom Home Care and Medical Staffing

Meeting goals can be a complicated nut to crack, but approaching your goals as a habit change is the most likely to lead to success. It’s never too late to start a new healthy habit. We are still at the beginning of the year and a lot of changes can take place between now and the end of the year. So how do we incorporate healthy habits in a sustainable and enjoyable way?

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Leading Nursing Trends for 2023

Nurse.com

Nursing is a noble profession that plays a critical role in providing healthcare services to people of all ages and in a variety of settings. But nursing is a field that is continuously evolving, and it’s important to keep up with the latest trends to stay ahead of the curve. Nursing shortage The nursing shortage is a problem that has plagued the healthcare industry for years.

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St. Croix’s Strategic Executive Moves; NHPCO’s Ben Marcantonio Named Goodwin Living’s Board VP

Hospice News

Shake Ups in St. Croix’s Executive Level St. Croix Hospice recently made changes to its executive team. The changes are intended to support the organization’s future growth. St. Croix provides hospice to nearly 4,000 patients daily across the Midwest. The nonprofit operates 60 locations in 10 states. The hospice promoted Eric Lewis to chief accounting officer, who joined St.

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How Visuals Help Students Pass the NCLEX®

Daily Nurse

The NCSBN is launching the Next Generation NCLEX (NGN) on April 1, 2023. NGN is fostering a new way of testing clinical judgment. With NGN upon us, nurse educators must ensure now, more than ever, that our students are learning the content and grasping the concepts we teach. We need sticky learning!

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Taking Care of Yourself: The Impact of Caregiving on Your Physical Health

American In-Home Care

Providing care for someone you love is perhaps one of the most rewarding jobs you’ll ever have. It enables you to spend quality time with your family member, helping them meet their everyday needs without asking anything in return. The downside, however, is the impact of caregiving on your physical health. While you’re so busy taking care of someone else, you may neglect your own health in the process, which can lead to a number of consequences.

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Tuning in to Humor in Nursing

AJN Off the Charts

1. Nurses Don’t Have to Make This Stuff Up Photo by Kah Lok Leong on Unsplash During a fire drill the nurse, Kathryn, was closing doors to patients’ rooms. An 86-year-old patient was talking on the phone to her daughter when Kathryn reached her room. As Kathryn started to shut the patient’s door, the woman asked, “What’s that ringing noise?” “Don’t worry,” Kathryn said.

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NAHC, NHPCO Seek Greater Collaboration with ‘All Options’ on the Table’

Hospice News

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) are exploring opportunities for more formalized collaboration. NAHC and NHPCO have formed a joint exploratory committee to assess how the two industry groups may be able to partner going forward. While they have not announced specific plans, they also have not ruled anything out, including potential partnership, joint venture, merger or other type of combination.

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Patient Safety Week 2023

AT Home Care & Hospice

Patient Safety Week 2023 Each year, Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW) is recognized to remind healthcare staff of the importance of promoting patient safety practices. Whether you’re a Nurse, Certified Nursing Assistant, or another type of healthcare professional, the steps you take daily can go a long way in keeping your patients safe. 5 Tips The post Patient Safety Week 2023 appeared first on AT Home Care & Hospice.

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AACN Recognizes Beacon Award for Excellence Winners in 2022

Daily Nurse

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses ( AACN ) recognized 185 units from 134 hospitals that earned the Beacon Award for Excellence in 2022. ( View recipient list.) The Beacon Award for Excellence lauds hospital units that employ evidence-based practices to improve patient and family outcomes. The award provides gold, silver, and bronze recognition to hospital units that exemplify excellence in professional practice, patient care, and outcomes.

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Bedside Handovers: An efficient, reliable, and inclusive Nursing handover process

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

By Mandeep Lally. Registered Nurse Adults, Patient Safety Support Nurse, University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust, Florence Nightingale Travel Scholar; Twitter: @Mandeep_Lally @FNightingaleF Nursing shift handovers may seem like such a basic and simple task which is embedded in the skills of every nurse. Yet the importance of the implications a nursing handover has, can be overlooked, as it is not an embedded nursing communication skill that all nurses possess.

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High Price Tags Pushing Addus Away from Hospice Acquisitions

Hospice News

High valuations have led Addus HomeCare (NASDAQ: ADUS) to pivot towards personal care and home health deals rather than hospice acquisitions. Hospice multiples broke records in 2020, 2021 and 2022, reaching as high as 29x. And though last year’s numbers were somewhat skewed by massive deals , price tags remain high overall. Those costs are making some buyers think twice about picking up hospices, Addus CEO Dirk Allison said at the Raymond James Investors Conference.

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The Doctoring the Doctor Principle

Today's Caregiver

This week’s discussion of Fearless Caregiver Manifesto Principle Five dovetails perfectly with a conversation we had at a recent Fearless Caregiver Conference.

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Save Our Rural Hospitals Act Eliminates CRNA Supervision and Supports Rural Healthcare

Daily Nurse

The “Save America’s Rural Hospitals Act” ( H.R. 833 ) was reintroduced by Congress in late February. Along with providing enhanced payments to rural healthcare providers to help ensure the viability of these important local healthcare facilities, this legislation also includes a provision to permanently remove physician supervision of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) under Medicare Part A conditions of participation and a provision to include non-medically direct

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Diversity Recruitment Strategies For Nursing

Diversity Nursing

Hiring Nurses who reflect Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is an important step towards creating a healthcare system that is accessible and welcoming to all patients, regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic. Here are some strategies that healthcare organizations can use to improve DEI in their Nursing workforce: Develop A Diverse Recruitment Plan Health Systems should develop recruitment strategies that target a Diverse pool of

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Hospices Striking Back Against Cyberattacks

Hospice News

Hospices are seeking solutions to protect themselves and their patients against cybercrime. Data breaches can have widespread implications, including violations of patients’ privacy and substantial financial losses for providers. In the United States, the average cost of a cyberattack on a health care provider reached $15 million in 2019, a study in the journal Healthcare found.

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What Does a Social Worker Do (and How Do I Become One)

Interim HealthCare Inc.

March is World Social Work Month, and we are proud to support and stand together with social workers around the world to celebrate their constant contributions to our society. Thanks to this practice-based profession, social workers can work with families and institutions to promote social change, solidarity and the empowerment of communities.

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Yale New Haven Nurse Michele Santoro Honored for Innovation and Passion

Daily Nurse

Michele Santoro, a registered nurse at the Yale New Haven Hospital Heart and Vascular Center in North Haven, sees herself like any other nurse.

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3 easy tips for cleaning out your medicine cabinet

Living Assistance Services

It certainly hasn’t felt very spring-like in the greater Toronto area this week, but we’re seeing plenty of signs that warmer days are.

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Congresswoman Van Duyne: Hospice Licensing Should Remain with the States 

Hospice News

Hospice licensing should remain under the authority of state governments rather than federal agencies, though lawmakers “haven’t ruled anything out” when it comes to program integrity, according Rep. Beth Van Duyne (R-Texas). The congresswoman and fellow legislator Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) last month requested a briefing from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on reported instances of hospice fraud in several states.

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This Could Be You: Cullen Law Under Scrutiny

Nurse.com

A law bearing the namesake of former nurse and convicted serial killer, Charles Cullen, is good in its intent but harmful in its execution. This is the opinion of two nurse attorneys representing nurses impacted by the law. Kathleen Gialanella, RN, JD, LLM, and JoAnn Pietro, RN, JD, say the Cullen Law often targets the wrong people and ruins the careers of healthcare professionals — often nurses — who never should have been reported to the N.J.

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Patient Safety Week 2023

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

Patient Safety Week 2023 Each year, Patient Safety Awareness Week (PSAW) is recognized to remind healthcare staff of the importance of promoting patient safety practices. Whether you’re a Nurse, Certified Nursing Assistant, or another type of healthcare professional, the steps you take daily can go a long way in keeping your patients safe. 5 Tips The post Patient Safety Week 2023 appeared first on Abode Hospice & Home Health.

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How to Overcome Denial of Senior Care Needs from Family Members

Home Sweet Home In-Home Care

Many family caregivers face a denial of senior care needs from other family members, but these tips can help you educate them on your loved one’s needs. When you start to notice the red flags that care at home is necessary for someone you love, it’s very common for the person to resist the idea. After all, acknowledging the need for assistance is not easy, especially for somebody who values their privacy and independence.

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Tech Companies Empathy, Sharecare Partner to Add Bereavement Support to Employment Benefits

Hospice News

Technology firms Empathy and Sharecare (NASDAQ: SHCR) have partnered to expand the benefits that companies can offer to bereaved employees. Sharecare offers a platform that is designed to unify all the elements of an employee’s benefits to help them navigate their continuum of needs. Through this partnership, employees will be able to access Empathy’s bereavement support services through ShareCare’s home home-oriented product, CareLinx.

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Starting Home Care: What to do When Family Is in Denial

Responsive Home Care

Once you realize that an aging loved one could benefit from starting home care services, it’s not uncommon for the aging loved one to be resistant to the idea. After all, acknowledging the need for assistance is not easy, especially for an individual who values their privacy and independence. However, it gets more challenging when […] The post Starting Home Care: What to do When Family Is in Denial appeared first on Responsive Home Care.

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Palace of Care – Please Keep Him Alive

Palliverse

Photo by Ricky Kharawala on Unsplash I’m very worried about your father, I think he only has a short amount of time left. The doctor yesterday said he might only have one to two weeks left to live. That would have been right yesterday, but your father’s condition got worse overnight. He had a lot of pain, agitation and distress. I am worried that he might die possibly within hours to days.

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Tips For Nursing Students

Nurse.com

Nursing is a challenging and rewarding profession requiring a significant amount of hard work, dedication, and knowledge. Experienced nurses will tell you that nursing school may be difficult but certainly worth all the hard work. Leveraging tips for nursing students from the nursing community can be helpful. Nursing students face many challenges as they pursue their education and prepare for a career in healthcare.

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Transitions Care CEO: Hospice Marketing Doesn’t Work in a Vacuum

Hospice News

When marketing his hospice business, Transitions Care CEO Jim Palazzo makes it personal. Palazzo established Illinois-based Transitions Care in 2007 as a portfolio company of the Transitions Group — which also holds skilled nursing, home health, medical equipment and therapy assets. Since then, the company has expanded its footprint to cover four additional states: Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

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