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The Promise and Pitfalls of AI in Medicine: Guest Bob Wachter

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary Eric asks the question that is on many of our minds – is the future of AI more Skynet from Terminator, in which AI takes over the world and drives humanity to the brink of extinction, or Wall-E, in which a benevolent and empathetic AI restores our humanity? Our guest today is Bob Wachter, Chair of Medicine at UCSF and author of the Digital Doctor: Hope, Hype, and Harm at the Dawn of Medicine’s Computer Age.

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Telemedicine Linked to Health Care Cost Savings, Improved Quality

Hospice News

Research has found links between greater telemedicine utilization and improvements in health care access and quality, particularly among chronically ill populations. A recent Health Affairs study has dug into the quality and cost impacts of telehealth utilization during the pandemic. Researchers examined more than 5.5 million beneficiaries with continuous enrollment in traditional Medicare who received care across 576 health systems between 2019 and 2021–2022.

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Plan ahead for healthcare decisions: Free tips & resources for families

HopeHealth

No matter what stage of life you’re in, set aside time now for key health decisions. It’s a gift to your family, and yourself. The post Plan ahead for healthcare decisions: Free tips & resources for families appeared first on HopeHealth.

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The Nurse Licensure Compact: Accessibility, Ease, and Portability

Daily Nurse

When you’re a dedicated nurse who wants to work across state lines, doing so should be easy, accessible, and user-friendly. However, this was not always the case for ambitious, hard-working nurses. In the old days, nurses needed to apply for and maintain multiple licenses, a ponderous process by any measure. Now, with the benefit of the greatly expanded Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), nurses in most states (and some U.S. territories) have the flexibility of a portable license that allows for an

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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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Meet Our Director of Business Development: Laura Bogira

Freedom Home Care and Medical Staffing

Welcome Laura Bogira to Our Team at Freedom Home Care! We at Freedom Home Care are excited to announce a new addition to our wonderful team as Director of Business Development. Please join us in welcoming Laura Bogira, a seasoned RN/BSN with over 18 years of rich experience in the healthcare industry. Laura has a broad background ranging from working in hospital employee health and workers’ compensation programs to serving as a nurse liaison for home infusion and home health care companies

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Sierra Community Care, Mettle Health Partner on Guiding Palliative Care, Hospice Decision-Making

Hospice News

Sierra Community Palliative Care is partnering with Mettle Health to help patients and families navigate potentially life-changing health care decisions. Sierra is the palliative care arm of California-based Hospice of the Foothills, designed to care for nonterminal patients who have serious or chronic conditions. It seeks to aid with symptom management, prevent unnecessary ER visits, relieve primary care doctors from dealing with high-level pain and give patients the opportunity to voice their

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From Dream to Reality: Jolene Scatton’s Journey to a Fulfilling Nursing Career

Daily Nurse

Jolene Scatton, RN, Director of Nursing at Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton always dreamed of becoming a nurse. “The biggest joy of my career is connecting with patients. You’re like their guardian angel and their safe place,” says Scatton. “On weekends, holidays, birthdays, even during snowstorms – there are always people in the hospital who need you.

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WOC Nurses Week Highlights Specialty

Minority Nurse

Wound, Ostomy, and Continence (WOC) Nurse Week runs from April 14-20 and brings attention to this nursing specialty and the expertise WOC nurses bring to patient care. As a member of the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®) for 31 years and now its president, Vicky Pontieri-Lewis, MS, RN, ACNS-BC-CWOCN, says the field is exciting and ever changing.

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Most Rural Regions Lack Palliative Care Specialists

Hospice News

The lion’s share of palliative care physicians dwell in more densely populated communities, creating disparities among the rural seriously ill population. Recent research has found that more than 90% of board certified palliative physicians and nurse practitioners nationwide were located in metropolitan and urban areas in 2022. Only 10% of these palliative clinicians were in areas with the lowest socioeconomic levels.

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That Vexing Driving Issue

Today's Caregiver

I know that mobility has many meanings to family caregivers, wheelchairs and walkers first come to mind. But, the mobility issue that may be the most challenging of all, is what to do when your loved one should no longer be driving.

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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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Traditions Health of Wichita, KS Awarded Hospice Accreditation

Traditions Health

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

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Navigating Stress in Chronic Conditions

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

Navigating Stress in Chronic Conditions: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers Living with a chronic condition, or caring for someone who does, can be a profound and life-changing experience. Both roles come with their unique sets of challenges, stresses, and rewards. It’s vital to find effective ways to manage stress to maintain both physical health The post Navigating Stress in Chronic Conditions appeared first on Abode Hospice & Home Health.

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Legacy Acquires HomeCare Hospice

Hospice News

Legacy Hospice has acquired Mississippi-based HomeCare Hospice for an undisclosed sum. HomeCare Hospice operates four locations that cover most of its home state. The deal expands Legacy’s footprint in the South. In addition to Mississippi, the company has a presence in seven states. Legacy is a portfolio company of the private equity firm Prairie Capital.

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Safe Staffing Saves Lives

Daily Nurse

Just imagine you or a loved one were admitted to the hospital and had to wait an extended period to receive the care desperately needed. Would that sit right with you? It has been stated time and time again that there is a nationwide shortage of nurses, but is that the problem? Nursing, the largest healthcare profession within the U.S. with over 5 million active registered nurses , still needs to improve to maintain safe staffing ratios to improve patient care.

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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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POA: Understanding the Need for Essential Documents

Traditions Health

What you need to know about power of attorney Planning for your future healthcare needs isn’t always easy, but it is important. And making decisions when you’re healthy can help prevent stress, pain, and confusion down the road — not just for you, but also for your family. There are several legal and medical forms you can use to help capture your wishes — from advance directives and living wills to physician orders for life-sustaining treatment and do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders.

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Pain Medications at End of Life

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

Pain Medications at the End of Life: Clearing Up Concerns for Hospice Caregivers Caring for a loved one on hospice care can be a challenging and emotional experience. One of the biggest concerns for families is often pain management. Here’s what you need to know about pain medications at the end of life, dispelling common The post Pain Medications at End of Life appeared first on Abode Hospice & Home Health.

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Lawmakers Mull Bills to Ensure Hospice, Home Health Worker Safety

Hospice News

Lawmakers in Connecticut and Vermont have recently introduced legislation aimed at protecting hospice and home health workers. Some stakeholders worry that the laws may impact care continuity among vulnerable homebound terminally ill populations lacking end-of-life support. Legislators in Vermont recently passed an act related to mental health response service guidelines and social service provider safety, which include community-based hospice providers and home health workers.

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Walking the Path of Service: DNP Students Provide Foot Care for the Unhoused

AJN Off the Charts

TCU nurse practitioner students. “The importance of foot care for this population cannot be overstated.” In the heart of the Fort Worth, Texas, community, where the daily struggles of people without housing are vividly evident, a group of doctor of nursing practice (DNP) nurse practitioner (NP) students from Texas Christian University (TCU) has embarked on a journey to make a difference.

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Navigating Stress in Chronic Conditions

AT Home Care & Hospice

Navigating Stress in Chronic Conditions: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers Living with a chronic condition, or caring for someone who does, can be a profound and life-changing experience. Both roles come with their unique sets of challenges, stresses, and rewards. It’s vital to find effective ways to manage stress to maintain both physical health The post Navigating Stress in Chronic Conditions appeared first on AT Home Care & Hospice.

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NHPCO’s CaringInfo Program Launches New Consumer Blog, Insights

NHPCO

For Immediate Release April 15, 2024 (Alexandria, VA) – CaringInfo , a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), has launched a new consumer blog, Insights , offering timely and practical content on serious-illness care and services from a variety of perspectives in both English and Spanish. Insights’ monthly posts will expand consumer access to information, help the community learn from others’ experiences and best practices, and improve the public’s ability to m

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Partners in Care Sues HHS Over Claims Denials

Hospice News

The Oregon-based provider Partners in Care has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) due to audit-related claims denials. Partners in Care took this unusual step after pursuing every other available means of redress, including the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) review and appeals process, according to CEO Greg Hagfors.

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Understanding Social Determinants of Health

Diversity Nursing

Social determinants of health (SDOH) are the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age, and the broader array of influences and structures impacting everyday living. These determinants are the key drivers of health disparities, leading to unjust and preventable health outcomes. SDOH include factors such as: Economic Stability This includes factors like employment, income, debt, and socioeconomic status.

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Senior Home Care in Pasco County, Clearwater, Hillsborough County, FL and Surrounding Areas

Bayshore Care Home

Signs that you need to avail of senior home care for your aging in-law Bayshore Home Care provides senior home care in Pasco County, Clearwater, Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, St. The post Senior Home Care in Pasco County, Clearwater, Hillsborough County, FL and Surrounding Areas first appeared on Bayshore Home Care.

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Yes, You Can Continue Your Career While Caring for Your Parents!

Responsive Home Care

Though we may dread the alarm going off on Monday mornings, having a career outside of the home is extremely important for many of us. It is a big component of our identity, signifying the time and effort we’ve invested throughout the years and accomplishments we’ve achieved. So what happens when your parents are starting […] The post Yes, You Can Continue Your Career While Caring for Your Parents!

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Bringing Palliative Telehealth to Rural Tennessee

Hospice News

A Tennessee provider is working to break down barriers to palliative care for rural cancer patients in their home state. For cancer patients in rural areas, accessing palliative care services can be a burden due to the distance needed to travel to a clinic or for an in-home provider to come to them. Tennessee Oncology, one of the largest community-based cancer care specialists in the United States, has launched a pilot telehealth program to help relieve some of this burden for prostate cancer an

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Nurse Retention Strategies That Actually Work

Healthy Workforce Institute

Navigating the healthcare staffing landscape these days feels like solving a complex puzzle, especially with RN turnover grabbing the spotlight recently. This issue of nurse retention is more than just an operational headache; it hits organizations right in the budget and, frankly, in the heart of teams’ morale. According to the 2024 NSI National HealthCare Retention & RN Staffing Report , 34% of RNs left the organization within the first year of hire, and the average cost of nurse tur

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Pain Medications at End of Life

AT Home Care & Hospice

Pain Medications at the End of Life: Clearing Up Concerns for Hospice Caregivers Caring for a loved one on hospice care can be a challenging and emotional experience. One of the biggest concerns for families is often pain management. Here’s what you need to know about pain medications at the end of life, dispelling common The post Pain Medications at End of Life appeared first on AT Home Care & Hospice.

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The Palliative Care Programme in British Columbia

Together for Short Lives

In her latest blog update, Helena visits Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in Vancouver. To follow along with her earlier blogs: Blog 1, blog 2, blog 3. Where do I start ? The Paediatric Palliative Care Programme across British Columbia is a truly integrated model of care delivered across hospice, hospital, community, education and research -to […] The post The Palliative Care Programme in British Columbia appeared first on Together for Short Lives.

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Understanding the ACO Opportunity For Hospices

Hospice News

Though the Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in is going away at the end of this year, those operators still have a role to play in value-based care. The carve-in, formally known as the hospice component of the value-based insurance design model (VBID), will expire on Dec. 31. The program was designed to test hospice coverage through Medicare Advantage (MA).

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Enjoyable Activities for Older Adults with Limited Mobility

American In-Home Care

Helping older loved ones maintain quality of life and thrive is paramount for family caregivers. A major aspect of bolstering the quality of life for older loved ones is finding activities that are fun, engaging, and bring a sense of fulfillment into their lives. If the individual isn't as mobile as they used to be, however, finding activities that will work can be challenging.

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4 tips for caring for a loved one who has dementia

Living Assistance Services

If your aging loved one has Alzheimer’s disease or is showing other signs of cognitive decline, you may have questions about what this.

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The challenges of Implementing evidence into practice: The case of lifting cushion use in care homes

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

This weeks’ blog is by Fiona Cowdell, Professor of Nursing and Health Research (fiona.cowdell@bcu.ac.uk) and Judith Dyson, Professor of Implementation Science (judith.dyson@bcu.ac.uk) Preventing falls in care homes is policy and practice gold standard. But when falls happen, the protocol for many care homes in the UK is to call an ambulance. Sometimes an older person is waiting for many hours leading to complications 1.

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Increasing Hospice CAHPS Scores Through Enhanced Caregiver Training

Hospice News

Improving education and training for family caregivers may give hospices’ quality scores a boost. Maryland-based Hospice of the Chesapeake has introduced a standardized caregiver training program designed to enhance the work they had previously done in this area. After a review of scientific literature, it became clear that nationally, caregiver training was spotty, and this affected families’ perceptions of the care their loved one received, Monica Ferebee, clinical manager of hospice at Hospic

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Together for Short Lives announces two-year charity partnership with Proxima Group

Together for Short Lives

We are so pleased to announce an amazing two-year partnership with Proxima Group as their chosen charity. This partnership with world-leading procurement and supply chain consultancy will play a crucial role in supporting our mission to ensure that families caring for a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, can access the very best quality […] The post Together for Short Lives announces two-year charity partnership with Proxima Group appeared first on Together for Short

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