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[UPDATED] Rep. Earl Blumenauer Plans Landmark Hospice Reform Bill

Hospice News

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) is drafting a landmark bill that, if enacted, would represent the most significant reforms to date for hospice payment and oversight. Blumenauer announced the bill, the Hospice Care Accountability, Reform, and Enforcement (Hospice CARE) Act, on Thursday at the Hospice News Elevate conference in Washington D.C. Though the bill language is still in development, key provisions will likely include a new payment mechanism for high-acuity palliative services, changes to

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Cachexia and Anorexia in Serious Illness: A Podcast with Eduardo Bruera

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary I always find cachexia in serious illness puzzling. I feel like I recognize it when I see it, but I struggle to give a clear definition or provide effective ways to address it. In today’s podcast, we had the opportunity to learn from a renowned expert in palliative care, Eduardo Bruera, about cachexia and anorexia in serious illness.

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At the heart of your health team: Meet Maria, a hospice CNA

HopeHealth

CNAs do some of the most important and intimate work in health care. At the Hulitar Hospice Center, Maria Sequeria shares what this work means to her. The post At the heart of your health team: Meet Maria, a hospice CNA appeared first on HopeHealth.

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Elder Abuse: Shattering Myths and Taking Action

Aging Life Care Association

Elder Abuse Awareness: Shattering Myths and Taking Action //// By: Jullie Gray, MSW, LICSW, CMC – Aging Life Care Association™ Member //// June 15th is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about the abuse and neglect of older adults. This global event aims to foster a better understanding of the … Continue reading Elder Abuse: Shattering Myths and Taking Action → The post Elder Abuse: Shattering Myths and Taking Action appeared first on Aging L

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Best Practices for Sharing Protected Health Information (PHI)

Explore essential topics in this ebook, including what constitutes PHI and how to identify it using 18 indicators. Gain insights into the importance of safeguarding PHI to protect patient privacy and learn about the severe consequences of HIPAA violations. Discover practical strategies for securely exchanging PHI within your healthcare organization, including assessing risks and implementing effective safeguards.

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NPHI: Increase Scrutiny of PE Hospice Transactions

Hospice News

Federal regulators should increase scrutiny of private equity activity in the hospice space, according to the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI). NPHI is a membership organization comprising more than 100 nonprofit, community-integrated hospice and palliative care providers from 38 states and the District of Columbia.

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To Address the Nursing Faculty Shortage, Start with the Pay Gap

AJN Off the Charts

The salary gap between clinical and faculty roles. Photo by AXP Photography on Unsplash There is a national shortage of nursing faculty to educate the future nurse workforce. The biggest barrier to recruiting and retaining nursing faculty is the salary gap between the faculty and clinical nursing roles. Nurses routinely take pay cuts of as much as $40,000 when leaving clinical practice to teach full-time.

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Meet a Champion of Nursing Diversity: Cara Lunsford

Minority Nurse

Cara Lunsford is the VP of Community at Nurse.com , fostering a community where nurses can find peer support, allies, professional opportunities, resources, and education. She ’ s also the host of Nurse.com ’ s NurseDot Podcast and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, highlighting a variety of voices within the nursing industry while also speaking to her personal experiences as an RN and founder of HOLLIBLU, a social networking app exclusively for nurses (acquired by Nurse.com in 2022).

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Unique Aspects of Palliative Care Recruitment

Hospice News

Palliative care clinical recruitment involves some unique elements compared to other health care settings. Among the challenges is a general lack of awareness of palliative care and its distinctions from hospice among the public, clinicians in other settings and payers. Without widespread change, demand for palliative care in the United States is projected to outstrip the supply of the clinicians trained to provide it during the next decade.

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Advocates Rally in DC for the Future of Hospice: NHPCO and HAN Amplify Provider Voices on Capitol Hill

NHPCO

For Immediate Release PHOTO LINK June 13, 2024 (Alexandria, VA) – More than 100 hospice and palliative care advocates from across the country met with over 150 congressional offices this week to discuss key legislative and regulatory priorities for ensuring and expanding access to hospice and palliative care. The meetings were part of Hospice Action Week, hosted in Washington, DC by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and its advocacy affiliate, the Hospice Action Netwo

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4 Home Safety Tips for Families Affected by Dementia

Today's Caregiver

As part of National Safety Month this June, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is offering 4 home safety tips for families caring for loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia-related illness.

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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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Meet a Champion of Nursing Diversity: Blake Lynch, AKA Nurse Blake

Minority Nurse

Blake Lynch, aka Nurse Blake , loves caring for and helping patients and caring for and helping fellow nurses. As a popular nursing influencer, internationally touring comedian, healthcare advocate, and keynote speaker, Nurse Blake uses humor to bring nurses together. Working in trauma centers around the country, Nurse Blake started posting original comedy videos aimed at his profession to cope with the stress of his nursing job.

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Compliance Landmines in the Hospice Regulatory Landscape

Hospice News

Hospice providers are navigating a minefield in today’s regulatory environment to avoid getting caught up in the mix of fraudulent activity in the space. The current state of hospice regulations has providers walking compliance tightropes, according to Patrick Harrison, senior director of regulatory and compliance at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).

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10 Lessons from Clara Barton’s Life for Living and Making an Impact

AJN Off the Charts

Oil painting of Clara Barton by Mathilde Leisenring, 1937. Clara Barton lived an amazing life with extraordinary accomplishments, as a group of us recently learned on a tour retracing her steps (this will be the final post in the series ). But it was an unlikely, even improbable, journey. She was painfully shy, suffered from anxiety and depression, and had to endure discrimination due to her gender, marital status, and age.

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Exploring the Pros and Cons of Working as a CNA

Daily Nurse

Starting your career as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) offers unique rewards and challenges in the healthcare environment. CNAs provide basic care to patients under the supervision of a nurse and accomplish many complex and physical tasks that nurses can’t do on their own. Some of these CNA responsibilities include assisting with personal care tasks like bathing and toileting, helping patients eat and drink, and taking their vital signs when needed.

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The Essential Guide to HIPAA-Compliant Messaging for Home Care Teams

Explore the risks posed by non-compliant consumer apps like Instagram and WhatsApp in healthcare settings. Learn about potential HIPAA penalties and use a self-evaluation flowchart to determine your organization's need for HIPAA-compliant messaging. Discover straightforward steps to implement secure communication solutions efficiently, ensuring compliance and protecting patient data effectively.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: More Than a Slogan

Minority Nurse

Certain concepts frequently enter the popular consciousness and become a timely part of the current vocabulary. Diversity , equity, and inclusion (DEI) is one such concept, as are environmental awareness and the science of climate change. While the overall effect of these terms becoming more popular and part of the general consciousness is very positive, we also have to watch for these concepts being co-opted and used solely for public relations and sloganeering.

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Hospice of the Red River Valley Expands Services for Dual-Eligible Populations

Hospice News

North Dakota-based Hospice of the Red River Valley is focused on expanding its home- and community-based services among dual-eligible Medicare and Medicaid populations in need of greater support. Serious and terminally ill patients in lower socioeconomic and underserved regions face several competing challenges in accessing health care, according to Tracee Capron, executive director at Hospice of the Red River Valley.

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Clara Barton and the Missing Soldiers Office: Meeting a Desperate Need for Information

AJN Off the Charts

“I was fascinated to learn the site was discovered in 1996, saved by a government worker who was preparing the site for demolition when he discovered historical documents in the attic!” Recognizing a need for information and meeting it. In the course of our tour following the footsteps of Clara Barton, my admiration for her courage, confidence, and strength in character—yes, fortitude is the word that comes to mind — continues to grow.

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Is Nursing a STEM Profession?

Daily Nurse

Certain occupations are steeped in science, technology, engineering, and/or math, and these professional pathways are generally referred to as STEM careers. Although we often refer to nursing as an art, nursing is deeply based on science and technology, and there is a movement to recognize nursing as a STEM profession officially. Would having nursing categorized as a STEM career benefit the most trusted profession in the United States and the largest segment of the healthcare workforce?

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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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What Is a Plan of Care and Why Is It So Important?

Responsive Home Care

You have just started exploring in-home care choices for a loved one, and you’re becoming somewhat overwhelmed. There are countless options to consider, and many new and unfamiliar terms to understand. Take, for example, the plan of care. What is a plan of care, and is it necessary? It may seem like just another piece […] The post What Is a Plan of Care and Why Is It So Important?

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Northrim Horizon Acquires Noble Hospice and Palliative Care

Hospice News

The Arizona-based private equity firm Northrim Horizon L.P. has acquired Noble Hospice and Palliative Care for an undisclosed amount. Northrim is in the process of building out its home-based care platform, with Phoenix-headquartered Noble becoming its first hospice acquisition. The transaction took place through Northrim’s portfolio company ITC, a home-based personal care and community services provider.

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Traditions Health of Norman, OK Awarded Home Health Accreditation

Traditions Health

Franklin, TN – Traditions Health of Norman, OK has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Home Health 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 Norman home health branch underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review.

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Transforming Staffing: How AI is Optimizing Clinical Workforces and Improving Flexibility

Daily Nurse

Within the intricate ecosystem of healthcare operations, a stabilized workforce is the linchpin, dictating the efficacy of care delivery and the well-being of patients and providers. However, the landscape of nurse staffing is rife with challenges, from fluctuating patient volumes to seasonal demand spikes, exacerbating the perpetual issue of maintaining optimal staffing levels.

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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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Fixing the Grad Nurse Turnover Problem by Equipping Your Preceptors

Healthy Workforce Institute

You might already know that bullying and incivility are rising in healthcare. As healthcare leaders, it’s our job to equip ourselves with the knowledge, skills, and tools to combat these issues. One clear example of this challenge is the retention rates of our newly graduated nurses. If you have a nurse turnover problem, chances are you have a preceptor problem.

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National Health Care Expenditures Growing Faster than U.S. GDP

Hospice News

Inflation and rising health care utilization are driving U.S. health care spending to growth faster than the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). The nation’s health care spend is projected to reach nearly $5.1 trillion in 2024, up from $4.5 in 2022. This is according to a report in Health Affairs that also projected national health expenditures to reach more than $7.7 trillion by 2032, equal to 19.7% of the anticipated U.S.

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Mental Health: Breaking the Stigma for Men

Diversity Nursing

Mental health is a crucial component of overall well-being, yet many men face challenges in acknowledging and addressing their mental health needs. Societal expectations and traditional notions of masculinity often deter men from seeking help, resulting in untreated mental health issues. It is crucial to actively advocate for breaking down the stigma surrounding men's mental health and encourage open, sincere dialogues.

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Veronica Pellegrino Unveils Groundbreaking Invention Set to Transform Nursing Workflows

Daily Nurse

Veronica Pellegrino, a compassionate nurse at UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center , was deeply affected by the struggle to open countless safety-sealed pill packs for her patients. Realizing the toll it took on nurses’ efficiency and well-being, she embarked on a mission to develop a solution to alleviate their burden. Through UCLA Biodesign’s support, triumphs in funding competitions like the UCLA Health Innovation Challenge, and collaboration with consultants to refine her business st

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Keeping Aging Eyes Healthy

American In-Home Care

Throughout our lives, our eyesight is likely to change. It is common, for example, for aging eyes to become near or far-sighted over time. The effects of growing older can bring about shifts in vision and eye health that may necessitate special attention and care. Some of these issues may be easily corrected with glasses or contacts; other diseases or injuries may require medication or surgery.

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Staff Training Key to Improving Hospice Quality Among LGBTQ+ Patients

Hospice News

Hospice staff training models with culturally appropriate LGBTQ+ components are key to improving quality outcomes among an increasingly diverse base of underserved seniors. Ongoing staff education and communication skill building are two significant pieces of bridging gaps of hospice care among LGBTQ+ seniors, according to Jerry Farmer, vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion at AccentCare.

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Elitism in Nursing: Breaking the Stigma to Enhance Teamwork

Diversity Nursing

Elitism in Nursing, a long-standing and pervasive issue, has been a source of significant problems across all areas of our profession. It often manifests as unspoken or assumed, leading to bullying, belittling, and an exclusive mentality. While experience is crucial for training and developing new Nurses, it can also breed a sense of superiority if not kept in check.

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Traditions Health of Sallisaw, OK Awarded Home Health Accreditation

Traditions Health

Franklin, TN – Traditions Health of Sallisaw, OK has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Home Health 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 Sallisaw home health branch underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review.

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Culturally Appropriate Care In Midwifery Education

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

This is the third blog in our series on maternity inequalities and comes from midwifery educators Ola Solanke and Joanna Andrews. T his week considers how we might realise equity in care through Education. What is Cultural Competence? Culturally appropriate care is a crucial component in providing effective healthcare services to diverse populations (1).

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U.S. Rep. Beth Van Duyne: Crack Down on Hospice Fraud

Hospice News

Rep. Beth Van Duyne, (R-Texas) has emerged as one of Washington’s most vocal advocates for hospice providers in Congress. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2020, Van Duyne is a member of the influential Ways and Means Committee, overseeing Medicare, Social Security and tax policies among other programs. Van Duyne was among a group of lawmakers that wrote to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks LaSure last month requesting updates on the agency’s battles against fraudulent providers, a

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