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Hospice Leaders: Dollars Alone Won’t Solve the Turnover Conundrum

Hospice News

Money isn’t everything when it comes to recruitment and retention. While compensation is an important factor for attracting and keeping staff, hospices need to consider other crucial aspects. Employee benefits, a career path, organizational culture and leadership engagement also weigh into workers’ decisions to join, stay or leave a hospice. Hospices should take a close look at the employee benefits that their organizations offer, according to Terese Acampora, COO of MJHS Home Health & Hospi

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AlayaCare Delivers 172 percent ROI for North Country Home Services with 8.4 Month Payback

AlayaCare

Key findings in Nucleus Research report from North Country Home Services (NY) reveal 95 percent improvement in accounts-receivable collection, proving that for every dollar invested in AlayaCare, agency realizes $2.50 payback Standout ROI Results: 172 percent ROI 95 percent visit completion Investment payback in 8.4 months $2.50 payback to $1 dollar invested in AlayaCare MONTREAL, CANADA —21 st March 2023— AlayaCare , an end-to-end home and community-based care platform, today published a report

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Is Hospice Losing Its Way: A Podcast with Ira Byock and Joseph Shega

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary In November of 2022, Ava Kofman published a piece in the New Yorker titled “How Hospice Became a For-Profit Hustle.” Some viewed this piece as an affront to the amazing work hospice does for those approaching the end of their lives by cherry picking stories of a few bad actors to paint hospice is a bad light. For others, this piece, while painful to read, gave voice to what they have been feeling over the last decade – hospice has in some ways lost its way in a

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Checklist: What to look for in a hospice provider

HopeHealth

Choosing a hospice provider can feel like an overwhelming decision. Here’s a list of what to ask about, based on recommendations from Consumer Reports and caregiver experience surveys from not-for-profit status to 24/7 crisis response. The post Checklist: What to look for in a hospice provider appeared first on HopeHealth.

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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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Longer Hospice Stays Lead to Larger Medicare Cost Savings

Hospice News

Despite years of scrutiny over the duration of hospice care, new data show that longer stays reduce health care costs in the last year of life by as much as 11%. All told, hospice care — regardless of length of stay — saves Medicare approximately $3.5 billion for patients in their last year of life, a 3.1% reduction. But those with stays of six months or more yielded the highest percentage of savings.

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5 more ways of reducing repetitive tasks through home care software solutions 

AlayaCare

As Adrian Shauer, CEO of AlayaCare, expressed in episode 35 of the HomeHealth360 podcast “Home care agencies now have the tools to finally win the war on repetitive tasks.” According to a survey conducted by Home Health Care News, 57% of home care agencies reported that they spend up to 3 hours a day on administrative tasks such as data entry, tracking patient records, etc.

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Relaxing: An Undervalued Skill as a Nurse

AJN Off the Charts

Image copyright Tanya Parker Taking the art of collage seriously. I recently attended an art workshop at the Biggs Museum of American Art led by artist Melissa Sutherland Moss , whose work is currently on exhibit there. The award-winning artist shared her process and guided participants in creating collage art based on the themes of self-identify and reflection.

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CMS Extends Hospice VBID Through 2030

Hospice News

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is extending the value-based insurance design demonstration for calendar years 2025 to 2030, including the hospice component. The hospice component of VBID, also called the MA carve-in, launched in 2021 and was originally slated to complete after four years. Each year, elements of the program have gone through planned changes, and that will continue through the extension.

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How the budget pledge is improving access to quality, affordable health care

AlayaCare

President Biden’s announcement of a $150 billion pledge to home and community-based services (HCBS) has been met with widespread approval from advocates and organizations that serve the elderly and individuals with disabilities. This new budget signals a major shift in how healthcare is delivered, with much greater emphasis on home-based care over institutional care. “We are thrilled to see the White House’s commitment to homecare in the United States with an unprecedented $150 billi

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Racism and Other Forms of Bias are a Threat to Safe Patient Care

Daily Nurse

Many people, including nurses, carry some bias, whether it is recognized by the individual or not. One study in the March issue of the Journal of Emergency Nursing sought to explore that more in-depth. Through the study “ The Experiences of United States Emergency Nurses Related to Witnessed and Experienced Bias ,” researchers sought a broad view of the knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and lived experiences of ED nurses and their associated implicit and explicit biases.

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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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Women’s History Month 2023: Telling Our (Nursing) Stories

AJN Off the Charts

The National Women’s History Alliance organizes Women’s History Month each March. This year, the theme, “Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories,” was picked to draw attention to “women in every community who have devoted their lives and talents to producing art, pursuing truth, and reflecting the human condition decade after decade.” To this end, the organization has been highlighting such literary notables as Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Gloria Steinem, and Willa Cather, among others.

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Nursing Educator Shortage Contributing to Hospice Labor Pressures

Hospice News

When retiring hospice nurses are ready to pass the torch, often no one is there to take it. The same applies to instructors in nursing schools who could help replenish their ranks. A dearth of nursing educators is contributing to hospice workforce shortages, leading providers to compensate by expanding in-house training programs. Currently, nursing schools and hospices are experiencing some of the same difficulties.

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Leveraging the Power of Automation in Specialty Pharmacy 

AlayaCare

Patients are paying more of their healthcare costs every day and providers need to examine their patient experience to determine how it is impacting their revenue. Automation can be a powerful tool for specialty pharmacy and home infusion businesses to create a more efficient and enjoyable experience for both staff and patients. Automated scheduling and appointment reminders, electronic medical records and automated documentation, inventory management systems, patient engagement tools, and billi

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Why Diversity In Healthcare Makes a Difference When Treating Patient Pain

Minority Nurse

The fundamental mission of every healthcare provider is to first do no harm. Unfortunately, however, for far too long systemic inequities in the healthcare system have perpetrated and perpetuated harm. Both implicit and explicit biases have strongly determined healthcare processes, including informing how patient pain is understood, diagnosed, and treated.

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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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Clinical Nurse Leader Scott Stewart Co-Authors Ventricular Assist Device Textbook 

Daily Nurse

Scott Stewart, DNP, APNC, CNL, Mechanical Circulatory Support Program supervisor at Hackensack Meridian Hackensack University Medical Center, co-authored a first-of-its-kind textbook, “A Guide to Mechanical Circulatory Support: A Primer for Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Clinicians.” Daily Nurse proudly honors Scott Stewart as our Nurse of the Week.

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4 Ways Hospices Are Pursuing Growth in 2023

Hospice News

Hospices are blazing trails toward growth, each provider with its own range of strategies. In 2023, the focus for many is to not only expand their core business but to spread further into the care continuum. Others are traveling a more traditional route, through de novos and acquisitions, though some are modifying their approaches in a volatile economic environment.

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[Webinar recap] 3 Ways to Supercharge Your Home Care Business in 2023 

AlayaCare

Home care businesses are often faced with the challenge of maintaining efficient operations while delivering top-notch care to their clients. However, it is estimated that as much as one-third of an agency’s gross profit is spent on administrative tasks and not enough on decision-making and building relationships with clients. In our recent webinar – 3 Ways to Supercharge Your Home Care Business in 2023 – we brought together some of the best in home care to share their insights on how home-based

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Meet a Champion of Nursing Diversity: Latanya Weston

Minority Nurse

For 15 years, Latanya Weston was in operating rooms in her home state of Georgia, amputating the limbs of patients who suffered from kidney disease. The feeling of the scalpel pushing down on flesh and the sound of the bone cracking haunts her. A Georgia native, Weston knew that the mortality rate of kidney disease is 30 to 40 percent higher in her state than the national average.

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Critical Nursing Shortage Jeopardizes the Health of our Communities, Pending NYS Bill Can Help

Daily Nurse

The demand for qualified nursing personnel has rarely, if ever, been as high as it is today. Report after report shows clear evidence that hospitals and healthcare facilities are facing critical staffing shortages that jeopardize the health and well-being of our communities. Colleges and nursing schools can be a powerful part of the solution to this crisis by being supported to provide increased on-campus clinical opportunities.

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Why CMS Extended VBID, MA Hospice Carve-In

Hospice News

Three main factors drove the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) decision to extend the value-based insurance design (VBID) model through 2030: patients’ social needs, health equity and improved care coordination. Originally set to run between 2021 and 2024, CMS indicated yesterday that it would invest five additional years in the demonstration.

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Social Work Appreciation Month

High Peaks Hospice

March is National Social Work Appreciation Month! As we celebrate National Social Work Appreciation Month, it’s important to recognize the significant role Hospice Social Workers play in providing compassionate care to patients and their families during end-of-life care. Hospice Social Workers provide emotional support, counseling, and guidance to patients and their loved ones as they navigate difficult decisions and cope with the challenges that come with a terminal illness.

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How to Prevent Kidney Disease

Freedom Home Care and Medical Staffing

March is National Kidney Month, an annual opportunity to raise awareness of kidney disease and promote healthy kidney function. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is often referred to as a “silent disease” because it rarely presents any symptoms during the early stages. As many as 90% of Americans who have CKD are unaware they have the disease until it has reached an advanced stage.

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Caring For Your Loved One During Hospice Services

Shining Light Hospice

Caring for a loved one who is under hospice care can be a difficult and emotionally draining experience. At Shining Light Hospice in Las Vegas, we strive to provide compassionate, quality care to all of our patients and their families during this time. To aid caregivers in providing the best care possible for their loved ones, we have put together a list of guiding principles for successful hospice care.

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VITAS Opens New, Permanent Inpatient Unit at Florida Hospital

Hospice News

VITAS Healthcare, a subsidiary of Chemed Corp. (NYSE: CHEM), has expanded one of its inpatient hospice units in Florida. VITAS’ new hospice facility at Broward Health Coral Springs features 12 patient beds, a kitchen and a family room. The facility replaces a temporary unit with eight inpatient beds that VITAS began operating at the hospital in 2021.

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Hospice Administrative Assistant Position

High Peaks Hospice

Become a member of our growing Hospice Team! High Peaks Hospice is seeking a highly organized, detail-oriented, and mission-driven individual to fill the role of Hospice Administrative Assistant. The incumbent will provide a variety of administrative duties in support of our hospice team and patients, including answering phones on weekdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, assisting with patient record management, processing daily mail, and scheduling meetings.

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Travel Nurses Seeking Permanent Employment Offering More Flexibility and Work-Life Balance

Daily Nurse

According to Vivian Health’s Future of Healthcare Work Report findings, clinicians on long- and short-term travel contracts are more willing to explore permanent employment in 2023 than in previous years. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vivian saw clinicians prioritizing safer and more respectful work environments. This year’s results continue this trend, with other priorities rising to join them: focusing on flexibility, work-life balance, and commute times when considering new posi

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Traditions Health of Plainview Awarded Hospice Accreditation from The Joint Commission

Traditions Health

Traditions Health of Plainview Awarded Hospice Accreditation from The Joint Commission Nashville, TN – Traditions Health of Plainview 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 health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

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Advance Care Planning Billing Rules Impede Equitable Access

Hospice News

Current advance care planning reimbursement structures are limiting utilization and access of these services, particularly among communities of color. The payment barriers blocking more equitable advance care planning are two-fold, existing on both the health care provider and patient sides. On the patient side, Medicare beneficiaries face out-of-pocket costs when advance care planning is performed in any setting outside of an annual wellness visit.

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To Some Truly Grand Parents

Today's Caregiver

With a busy 2023 Fearless Caregiver Conference schedule in full swing, I am very much looking forward to visiting with the caregivers who will be in attendance.

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Canada’s New Long-Term Care Standards- Accountability & Risk Management on a Mission

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

Author: Gisele Guenard, BScN, MEd, VisionarEase Inc. & associates CEO, Founder – Client Centered Governance ® Essentials Certification & Nonprofit strategic planning services. @GGVisionarEase Warehouses for Death – Decades ago, research I completed for an undergrad paper drove me to pen ‘Warehouses for Death’ as its title. Accountability and risk management were not part of the paper’s lexicon: it was more of a whistleblower-styled piece.

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Tips For Choosing a Nursing Specialty

Diversity Nursing

Choosing the right Nursing specialty can be a challenging decision, as there are many areas of Nursing to consider. Here are some steps that can help you choose the right specialty: Assess your interests Think about the areas of Nursing that interest you the most. Do you enjoy working with children or adults? Do you like working in a fast-paced environment or a more relaxed one?

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Hospice of the Chesapeake Unifies Brands Under Single Identity

Hospice News

Maryland-based Hospice of the Chesapeake and its affiliates are unifying under the organization’s main brand. Effective April 1, affiliates Calvert Hospice and Hospice of Charles County will be known as Hospice of the Chesapeake. The unification will “allow for greater consistency across the Hospice of the Chesapeake service area,” the hospice and palliative care provider indicated in an announcement.

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What to Avoid During Chemotherapy

Home Sweet Home In-Home Care

Knowing what to avoid during chemotherapy can help patients stay as healthy as possible while they heal. The benefits of chemotherapy are undeniable, and they can save a person’s life. Yet in the process of destroying harmful cancer cells, noncancerous cells can be in the crossfire, creating challenging side effects. The physician will provide instructions on what cancer patients need to do to reduce these effects, but it is just as important to know what not to do while undergoing chemo t

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New Research Shows Hospice Care Reduces Medicare Costs

NHPCO

For Immediate Release March 22, 2023 New Research Shows Hospice Care Reduces Medicare Costs Hospice Care Contributed to $3.5 Billion in Medicare Savings in One Year Better Outcomes Together with Medicare Savings Demonstrate Hospice’s Value (Alexandria, VA and Washington, DC) – New research shows that patients’ use of hospice care contributed to $3.5 billion in savings for Medicare in 2019, while providing multiple benefits to patients, families, and caregivers.