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Aetna’s President of Medicare: MA Plans Go All-In on Aging in Place with New 2024 Benefits, Palliative Care, Hospice VBID

Hospice News

Aetna, a subsidiary of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is leveraging a series of new benefits that, coupled with existing palliative care programs and ongoing hospice payment demonstrations, promise to keep patients in their homes and out of facilities. The new benefits are heavily focused on making medications affordable and addressing social determinants of health.

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Book Recommendation: “Talking About Death Won’t Kill You” by Dr. Kathy Kortes-Miller

Life & Death Matters

Talking About Death Won’t Kill You sounds like a story-book title, but it is actually a nonfiction book packed with “informational how-to’s” – as in how to talk about death and is written by Kathy Kortes-Miller – a palliative care educator and researcher. It is a wonderful book to read whether you are a healthcare […] The post Book Recommendation: “Talking About Death Won’t Kill You” by Dr.

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Reading Rewards

Chicago Caregiving

Whether it’s books, magazines, or correspondence — studies show that reading offers protections against dementia as people age Learning to read is a revelatory experience for children. They discover that when certain letters of the alphabet go together, those letters become words that form sentences, revealing infinite possibilities. That initial thrill of reading can last a lifetime, and it can protect and improve the wellbeing of older adults in many different ways.

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Patient Advocacy: A Closer Look

Diversity Nursing

Patient advocacy is a critical aspect of providing safe and effective patient care. Nurse advocates are tasked with helping patients understand and navigate their healthcare journey, including answering questions, explaining medical care, discussing and explaining billing or insurance, and other healthcare-related topics. Nurses are often the first and last contact for patients in the healthcare setting.

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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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How Palliative Providers Can Improve Transitions of Care

Hospice News

To ensure smooth care transitions for patients with serious illnesses, palliative providers must tread carefully, collaborating not only with patients and their families but also with other health care providers and community resources to provide holistic support. These types of collaborations help to maintain patient safety, quality and continuity of care, and helps ensure that patients are receiving appropriate and timely interventions.

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Mattoon-based Flight Nurses Honored for Saving Preterm Baby

Daily Nurse

Mattoon, Illinois-based flight nurses Kelly Hamill and Dakota Shadwell of the Air Evac Lifeteam are receiving nationwide recognition for using the new Bubble CPAP non-invasive ventilation equipment to save the life of a preterm baby born at about six months gestation, who weighed only two pounds. Hammill advocated to obtain the new equipment for its east Central Illinois crews to help young children in respiratory distress, and now both flight nurses will be honored for saving the life of a

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Traditions Health of Crown Point, IN Awarded Hospice Accreditation

Traditions Health

Nashville, TN – Traditions Health of Crown Point, Indiana 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. They underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review.

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Blue Ridge to Affiliate with Montgomery Hospice & Prince George’s Hospice 

Hospice News

Montgomery Hospice & Prince George’s Hospice has signed a memorandum of understanding to affiliate with Virginia-based Blue Ridge Hospice. The move could signal the start of a new hospice collaborative in the mid-Atlantic region. Combined, the two hospices would care for an average daily census of more than 900 patients in eight Virginia counties and the Washington D.C. area.

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How to Deal with Feelings of Inadequacy as a New Nurse

Daily Nurse

New nurses can feel lost and discouraged navigating their first job out of graduate school. Real-world experience and classes can help, but nothing prepares nurses for nursing in the field, where they’ll experience mistakes and feelings of doubt and insecurity. Luckily, these feelings don’t last forever. Doubt and perfectionism can creep up on all of us, even experienced nurses.

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What an MSN Can Do for You

Minority Nurse

If you want to earn an advanced practice degree—such as a Nurse Practitioner (NP) or a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), among others—you will need to get a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. But there are many other reasons to have one as well. Last year, Laura Browne, MSN, RN, CNL, a second-career nurse, graduated from Georgetown University with her MSN-CNL.

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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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EAPC2024 Abstract submission: Deadline extended!

EAPC (European Association of Palliative Care)

We have extended the deadline for abstract submission for the 13th World Research Congress in Barcelona next year. You now have until midnight on 31 October 2023 to submit. All the information you need is on our congress page: [link] The post EAPC2024 Abstract submission: Deadline extended! appeared first on EAPC.

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New Hospice Executives Focused on Technology, Workforce Development

Hospice News

New hospice leaders have indicated that workforce development, efficient technologies and growth in home-based services represent key focus areas for providers during the next few years. Meanwhile, their biggest challenges include regulatory and reimbursement shifts. Hospice News recently sat down with two new hospice executives to discuss some of the biggest opportunities and concerns on the horizon in end-of-life and serious illness care.

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A Day in the Life: Pediatric Kidney Transplant Manager

Daily Nurse

Working in transplant programs can be challenging as life can move quite slowly for waiting patients and then suddenly speed up when an organ becomes available. But have you ever wondered what it would be like to work in pediatric transplants? We interviewed Gerri James, RN, BSN, CCTC (Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator), manager of the Pediatric Kidney Transplant Program at Stanford Medicine Children’s Health , and she told us all about what her job entails.

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Home Care Pulse Acquires Pre-Intent, Adds Powerful Recruiting Solution to Product Suite

Home Care Pulse

Article Contents: – Acquisition Details – About Home Care Pulse Article Contents: – Acquisition Details – About Home Care Pulse Share: We’re Home Care Pulse, a leading provider of experience management & surveys, caregiver/CNA training, and online reputation management. R EXBURG , ID, October 18, 2023 – As part of its mission to empower long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC) providers with mission-critical applications and improve outcomes across the care continu

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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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Navigating the Nursing Journey with Purpose

AJN Off the Charts

Nurses, what’s next? As a labor and delivery nurse, I am part of one of life’s biggest moments for families I may never meet again. This calling requires a positive attitude and an ability to instill hope throughout each 12-hour shift. But at a certain point, I found myself feeling exhausted and disconnected from this work, and all my effort to maintain a cheerful demeanor and engagement only exacerbated the burnout.

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2 Under-the-Radar Reasons for Hospice Claims Denials 

Hospice News

A Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) can deny a hospice claim for a wide range of reasons, but two types of errors stand out that can lead to a rejection. A few causes of denials are widely known. They stem almost entirely from documentation errors or omissions such as a physician’s signature on the certification form or other indications that a patient may not be eligible for hospice or for a particular level of care, such as General Inpatient Care.

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Telestroke Consults Expedite Care for Rural Patients

Daily Nurse

Minutes matter when a patient may have had a stroke, but being far from a physician with advanced training in neurology no longer needs to be a barrier to rapid diagnosis and intervention thanks to telestroke programs designed to improve access to the limited number of specialists, regardless of the geographic isolation of patients who may have experienced a stroke.

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Keys To a Fulfilling Nursing Career

Diversity Nursing

A fulfilling Nursing career is often characterized by a combination of personal satisfaction, professional growth, and a positive impact on patients and the healthcare system. It is a profession that requires dedication, empathy, and a genuine passion for patient care. Nurses who find joy in helping patients, improving their health, and providing emotional support tend to be more satisfied in their roles.

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What to know about seniors and the benefits of reading

Living Assistance Services

Reading is a wonderful hobby to enjoy in every stage of life. Think about it—parents read books to infants and young children as a way to.

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Hospices Navigate New Standards for Building Joint Ventures

Hospice News

Recent regulatory moves aimed at greater transparency and consistency in the structure of joint venture valuations may impact how hospices approach these partnerships. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) recently introduced a new rule that will require newly formed joint ventures (JVs) to disclose the net value of each participating asset at the onset of solidifying these deals.

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Yes, Cover Letters Are Still a Thing — Even for Nurses

Daily Nurse

When you’re in the market for a nursing job, you want to do everything you can to stand out from the crowd, and you absolutely need a flawless and well-written resume that gives a clear picture of your skills , knowledge, and experience, and then there’s the cover letter. Some may consider it old-fashioned, but if your cover letter can tell a compelling story about why you’re the ideal candidate, it could be the factor that puts your application over the top and lands you an in

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Why Providing Care for Your Spouse Can Cause Resentment – And How to Overcome It

Responsive Home Care

You both promised to look after each other through better or worse, in sickness and in health. When these cherished sentiments are first spoken on your wedding day, it is difficult to imagine how it will feel to actually live them out when providing care for your spouse. It may come as a shock to […] The post Why Providing Care for Your Spouse Can Cause Resentment – And How to Overcome It appeared first on Responsive Home Care.

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Experiencing Resentment as a Caregiver for Your Spouse

Home Sweet Home In-Home Care

We can help if you’ve been experiencing resentment as a caregiver for your spouse. On the day you promise to love your spouse for better or worse, in sickness and in health, it’s impossible to imagine what that may look like as the years go by. It might come as a surprise to you when you experience frustration, anger, and resentment as a caregiver for your spouse when you fulfil those vows in older age.

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Hospice Investment Trends That Could Shape 2024

Hospice News

The hospice merger and acquisition (M&A) space has seen an increasingly diverse and growing mix of investors during the last five years. Demographic tailwinds are pushing a wider range of stakeholders into the hospice and palliative care realms. This has led to more hospitals, payers, large health systems and home health companies to make end-of-life and serious illness care a pillar of their growth strategies, according to Steven Yecies, managing partner at the private equity firm Kain Capi

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HCP’s Sarah Dirks Named to NCAL Board of Directors

Home Care Pulse

Share: We’re Home Care Pulse, a leading provider of experience management & surveys, caregiver/CNA training, and online reputation management. H CP is pleased to recognize Sarah Dirks, EVP of Business Development, who was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL). NCAL, an integral part of the American Health Care Association (AHCA), plays a crucial role in advocating for and supporting the assisted living community through national ini

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Medication Safety for Older Adults

American In-Home Care

As a person’s age increases, it may seem as though the number of medications that need to be taken also increases. Research backs this up, showing that an astounding 87% of older adults take at least one prescription medication, while 36% take five or even more. On top of that, 38% of older adults are taking OTC medications regularly as well. Mismanaging medications can have dire effects, whether from taking too little or too much or a combination of meds that interact negatively.

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Medicare Open Enrollment Period Is Here!

Elder Care Matters

Are you prepared for the Medicare Open Enrollment period? It is an essential time for beneficiaries to review and adjust their healthcare plans. This annual window, which runs from October 15th to December 7th, allows you to make changes to your Medicare coverage. In this blog, we’ll break down the key aspects of the Medicare Open… The post Medicare Open Enrollment Period Is Here!

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Technological Sophistication Essential to Recruiting a ‘Gen Z’ Hospice Workforce

Hospice News

As more members of “Gen Z” come into the hospice workforce, employers will need to adapt to their unique perspectives, needs and priorities in order to maximize recruitment and retention. Gen Z includes individuals born between 1997 and 2025, according to the Pew Research Center. This generation is coming of age in a very different environment than their Baby Boomer, Generation X and Millennial predecessors, and this has shaped their attitudes and behaviors in the workplace.

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Confronting Bullying: The Who, What, and When

Healthy Workforce Institute

Bullying, incivility, disrespectful communication, rudeness, and cruelty are on the rise in healthcare. It’s sad but true. To make matters worse, because we’re currently in a major staffing crisis, leaders are even more reluctant to confront bad behavior because the mindset is, well, a bad nurse is better than no nurse. That’s faulty thinking on so many levels.

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My Patients Taught Me Why Empathy Is an Asset

Nurse.com

It was almost over before it began. I was 18 and in my first semester of a highly competitive associate degree in nursing program. Plus, I had just started my weekend home health aide job. My first patient was a woman who was terminally ill and had decided to die at home surrounded by her loving family. Valeria A. Esposito Kubanick, RN My shift started at 8:00 a.m., and when I arrived it was clear that the patient had very little time left.

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Doctor's 10 Tips to Boost Your Immune System

Today's Caregiver

What can you do to boost your immune system, optimize your health and stay safe?

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Preventing Burnout Among Palliative Care Employees

Hospice News

The emotional toll of caring for the seriously ill contributes to high rates of burnout among palliative care workers. Burnout is a state of complete mental, physical and emotional exhaustion. Symptoms of burnout can include depression, compassion fatigue, stress and anxiety, and apathy, both in general life and towards work tasks. For palliative care clinicians, that apathy can lead to the depersonalization of patients, negatively affecting patient care.

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Infection Prevention Is Essential for Nurses

Minority Nurse

Infection prevention is one of the standards of nursing practice. Keeping infections from starting or from being passed along through contact is essential to keeping nurses and patients healthy. International Infection Prevention Week (this year marked on October 15-21) is an annual event to highlight the best practices to prevent infection and to bring awareness to the issue of infection prevention.

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Faith-based nursing: Making Faith Community nursing inclusive

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

This weeks’ blog is from Rohit Sagoo, Founder and Director, British Sikh Nurses , Community project with the Resuscitation Council UK. Faith-based nursing is a phenomenon in the United States, yet it needs to be recognised in the United Kingdom 1. Historically, nursing practice has been rooted in connection with culturally diverse faiths, spirituality, beliefs and values.