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HopeHealth’s Dr. Leah McDonald Sees ‘System-Wide Embedding’ of Palliative Skills

Hospice News

A systematic overhaul of the nation’s health care education programs is needed to ensure that future clinicians are prepared to provide palliative and hospice care amid rising demand, according to Dr. Leah McDonald of HopeHealth. McDonald is a hospice and palliative care physician at HopeHealth. The nonprofit health system offers home health, hospice and palliative care in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts.

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Psychological Issues in Palliative Care: Elissa Kozlov and Des Azizoddin

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary In our podcast with palliative care pioneer Susan Block , she identified the psychological/psychiatric aspects of palliative care as the biggest are of need for improvement. As she said, when you think about the hardest patients you’ve cared for, in nearly all cases there was some aspect of psychological illness involved.

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Empowering patients and families to escalate worries and concerns. The NHS England pilot project at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

In this week’s blog Debra Ritsperis Head of Quality @DRitsperis, Isolde Newbury ACRT @AcuteResponse, Rebecca Wood Paediatric Matron @becky_RWood, Kaylea Roffe Data Manager @roffe_kaylea, Natalie Tomms Communications Lead, outline how the worries and concerns pilot project (April 2023-March 2024) has been implemented across at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust @GHFT_Excellence @gloshospitals Other Project Team members: Suzie Cro Deputy Director of Quality Programme Director Nursing a

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Practical Strategies for Implementing Evidence-Based Practice

Minority Nurse

Basing your nursing practice on the latest evidence and research remains critical to providing optimal patient care. Practicing nursing based on tradition, “ how we ’ ve always done it,” or outdated research can lead to poor patient outcomes, inappropriate care, or serious errors. No doubt you studied evidence-based practice (EBP) in school, read it in journals or attended in-service sessions about using evidence in practice.

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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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How Palliative Care Could Help Break the SNF-to-Hospital Cycle

Hospice News

A dearth of coordination or integration between rehab teams and palliative care teams routinely forces some patients into a cycle between the hospital and the nursing home in their last year of life. These results appeared in a 2019 New England Journal of Medicine study titled “Rehabbed to Death.” Rehabilitation therapy, or post-acute care, aims to assist patients in recovering daily life skills — such as walking or swallowing — following an injury or illness.

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Ethical Dilemmas in End of Life & Challenges Nurses Overcome

Hospice Nurse Hero

As hospice nurses, we embark on a journey filled with compassion, empathy, and the desire to provide comfort to those in their final stages of life. However, along the way, we inevitably encounter ethical dilemmas that challenge our values and decision-making skills. In this article, we’ll explore some common ethical dilemmas in end of life care faced by hospice nurses, and I’ll share personal stories that shed light on how to navigate these challenging situations with grace and inte

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The Alarming Trend of Seasoned Nurses Being Laid Off: Profits Over Patient Care? 

Minority Nurse

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) (2022) estimated over 100,000 registered nurses left the profession and predicted that another 800,000 nurses would follow them by 2027. The top reasons reported for leaving were burnout, feeling undervalued, and a high patient-to-nurse ratio. However, hospital layoffs are another culprit driving experienced nurses from their profession.

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Blue Sky Hospice Medical Director Convicted of $2.8M Hospice Fraud

Hospice News

A federal jury has convicted Dr. John Thropay, a hospice medical director, on charges of health care fraud in a $2.8 million scheme. Thropay was the medical director of several hospice companies, including Blue Sky Hospice, based in Van Nuys, California. He was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and four counts of health care fraud.

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Traditions Health of Tulsa, OK Awarded Hospice Accreditation

Traditions Health

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

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Meet Betsy Peyton: The Hero Behind Keeping Vulnerable Patients Safe and Out of the ER

Daily Nurse

Betsy Peyton is a community health nurse in Virginia who founded WellAWARE , a program that connects high-tech medicine with clients’ low-tech, high-touch needs—the grassroots, person-to-person program zeroes in on those who might fall through the cracks. Peyton and two other community health workers regularly visit about 60 clients across central Virginia, focusing on people who frequently use local emergency rooms for low-acuity health problems while avoiding preventative primary care.

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The Unique Warning Signs of a Heart Attack in Men and Women

American In-Home Care

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , chest pain or discomfort are the primary symptoms of a heart attack. This sensation can feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain in the center of the chest. While chest pain is the most well-known symptom of a heart attack, it's important to recognize that men and women often experience other distinct warning signs.

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Proposed Legislation Would Create Tax Credits for Family Caregivers

Hospice News

In case you missed it, Hospice News has launched a new specialty publication for palliative care professionals. You can subscribe to Palliative Care News here: Subscribe today! A bill to strengthen support for family caregivers is working its way through Congress. If enacted, it would create tax credits to help offset the financial burdens of caring for the seriously ill.

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Why Nurses Assist Falling Patients Despite the Risk

AJN Off the Charts

A too-common scenario. Joe opens his eyes and looks through the window of his hospital room. He has always been early to rise. Even at age 82, he can’t shake the habits he learned when he was young. “I’m woozy again,” Joe thinks as he sits up in bed. His medication sometimes makes him feel that way. Joe presses the call light so a nurse can help him to the bathroom.

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In Healthcare and Nursing, Relationships Matter

Daily Nurse

Healthcare is an industry where careers and patient care are both fueled by relationships. As you navigate the arc of your professional life, your multidisciplinary colleagues can be a special fuel for your future. At the same time, your connections with patients can bring meaning and purpose to your work. All in all, relationships could not be more critical to your career and your personal and professional fulfillment.

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ESTATE PLANNING TERMS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW

Elder Care Matters

Elder law attorneys across Florida are committed to protecting individuals’ interests, autonomy, assets, and legal rights as they navigate estate and long-term care planning. Whether a person is confronting aging, disability, or a chronic illness, pragmatic and strategic estate planning can help protect the safety, comfort, and security of an individual and his or her… The post ESTATE PLANNING TERMS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW appeared first on Elder Care Directory - ElderCareMatters.com.

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The Employment Outlook for Hospice Aides

Hospice News

Rising wages, reimbursement pressures and immigration policies are fueling high turnover rates for hospice and personal care aides. Similar trends are proliferating among hospitals and health systems that provide these services. Current reimbursement structures for aide services represent the most significant challenge in maintaining a sufficient workforce, according to Kenneth Albert, president and CEO of Maine-based Androscoggin Home Healthcare + Hospice.

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What To Look For When Choosing a Nursing School

Diversity Nursing

Choosing the right Nursing school is a crucial decision that will shape your future career. It's essential to carefully consider various factors to ensure you receive the best education and training possible. From accreditation to clinical opportunities, faculty expertise, and student support services, each aspect plays a vital role in your overall learning experience.

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Why Practitioners Need to be More Informed About Infantile Spasms

Daily Nurse

Infantile spasms are a rare but serious form of epilepsy that is often misdiagnosed. The disorder occurs in approximately 3 cases per 10,000 live births and usually begins in the first 4-8 months of life but can occur in children up to age 3. Most cases are associated with an abnormal brain wave pattern that can cause harm to a young, developing brain.

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Try These Ideas for Unique Birthday Celebrations for Seniors

Responsive Home Care

If you are interested in a fun way to celebrate the life of somebody you love, nothing beats a birthday party! The key to planning a successful birthday party for an older family member is crafting ideas that are unique to the individual. Start by thinking through: How large of an event should it be, […] The post Try These Ideas for Unique Birthday Celebrations for Seniors appeared first on Responsive Home Care.

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Medicare Advantage Transparency Efforts Could Impact Hospices

Hospice News

Want to read more palliative care-focused content? Subscribe to Palliative Care News today ! Recent efforts to increase transparency within Medicare Advantage may impact hospice reimbursement. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a Request for Information (RFI) on ways to improve data sharing and increasing transparency in Medicare Advantage.

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Meet a Champion of Nursing Diversity: Elodia Mercier

Minority Nurse

For almost 40 years as the Director of Nursing for Throughput Operations at Montefiore Health System in New York, Elodia Mercier, RNC, MS, has been advancing patient care and creating and defining new roles for fellow nurses and other providers. In June 2021, Montefiore was evaluating performance improvement initiatives to enhance patient experiences and alleviate flow challenges and decided to open a discharge lounge.

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What is frailty? Helpful information for caregivers and tips for prevention

Living Assistance Services

As people age, they often find themselves dealing with a variety of physical changes and challenges. While some are minor, others may.

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A Non-Expert with Expertise: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Testimony from Highly Sophisticated Professional Employees in Federal Court

Healthcare Law Insights blog

Corporate defendants are frequently faced with a quandary—is the company’s highly sophisticated professional employee simply a fact witness or does their anticipated testimony propel them into the world of expert discovery? The individual knows the business inside and out, and typically has a comprehensive understanding of the entire industry, but the legal parameters of whether they qualify as a lay witness or expert witness in this context is not always clear.

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Growing Palliative Care a Key Priority for Amedisys in 2024

Hospice News

Want to read more palliative care-focused content like this? Subscribe to Palliative Care News today ! Amedisys (NASDAQ: AMED) is pushing forward on palliative care growth in 2024 through its innovation arm, Contessa. The company acquired Contessa in 2021 for $250 million. Contessa’s specialties are high-acuity care in the home, including hospital-at-home and skilled nursing facility-at-home programs.

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Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Nurse Nacole

Category: Fundamentals Transudates are caused by either an increase in intravascular hydrostatic pressure or a decrease in intravascular oncotic pressure. This generates an increased flow of fluid into the pleural space across noninjured capillary beds.

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Navigating the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program: Top 10 Tips for Success

Minority Nurse

Embarking on a Doctor of Nursing Practice Program (DNP) is a significant stride towards advancing your career in healthcare. Amidst the increasing demand for advanced nursing professionals, selecting the right DNP program becomes crucial. The DNP program has many options: online, hybrid, and in-person. However, before diving into the intricacies of program selection and study strategies, ask yourself this most important question: Why pursue a DNP degree?

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Ways to Address the Emotional Needs of Seniors

Caring Senior Service

As loved ones age, it becomes increasingly important to focus not only on their physical well-being but also on their emotional health. The emotional needs of seniors often go unnoticed or unaddressed, leading to issues such as depression. Explore some common emotional needs faced by seniors and effective ways to nurture their emotional well-being.

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The Risk of Criminal Charges in Hospice Fraud Cases

Hospice News

Hospice personnel could face criminal charges in instances of suspected fraud, waste and abuse. The regulatory stakes are high for hospice providers when it comes to False Claims Act (FCA) violations, according to Jonathan Porter, partner at the law firm Husch Blackwell. Though the vast majority of FCA cases do not result in criminal charges, the steps toward resolving these cases prior to the point of a federal jury trial can be treacherous for hospice providers, he stated in a recent Husch Bla

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Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Nurse Nacole

Category: Fundamentals Pleural effusions can be classified as either transudates or exudates. Distinguishing between transudates and exudates narrows the differential diagnosis and directs management and therapy.

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The Benefits of Earning Your DNP

Minority Nurse

A nursing career offers many avenues for nurses of all stripes and interests to fulfill their professional goals. For some, earning a doctorate is a lifelong aspiration that they are keen to fulfill, and nursing offers three options for this accomplishment: the DNP, the PhD, and the Doctor of Nursing Science (DNS or DNSc). Doctoral programs offer what is frequently referred to as “ terminal” degrees since they represent the highest possible level of educational achievement in most disciplines (s

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Medical Home Health Care: Bringing Healthcare to Your Doorstep

Comfort Home Care

As we age, health concerns often become more complex and demanding. Access to medical care can sometimes be challenging for seniors. That’s where medical home health care services can become invaluable. Comfort Home Care in Rockville, MD, provides a lifeline for seniors, offering comprehensive care and support in the comfort of their homes. This blog explores the needs of elder care, including dementia and Alzheimer’s, and the essential role of medical home health care.

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VITAS Makes C-Suite, EVP Promotions; Westfall Named Chairman

Hospice News

Vitas Healthcare is making changes in its c-suite and executive team. COO Joel Wherely will now also serve as Vitas’ president, the company announced today. Bryan Wysong, currently senior vice president of operational performance, will step in as executive vice president of operations. CEO Nick Westfall has been appointed the company’s chairman. “VITAS Healthcare continues to experience tremendous success and, as we keep growing, so do the opportunities and recognition for our leadership,”

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Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Nurse Nacole

Category: Fundamentals The most common causes of pleural effusion in adults are congestive heart failure, pneumonia, malignancy, pulmonary embolism and cirrhosis. The most common cause in children is pneumonia, followed by heart failure and malignancy.

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Ep. 28 - The Power of Mentoring

HPNA podcast

In this episode, we welcome Lynn Reinke, PhD, MSN, ARNP-BC, FAAN, FPCN back to the show where she speaks with HPNA’s 2024 President-Elect Masako Mayahara, PhD, RN, FAAN, CHPN, FPCN and HPNA’s Immediate Past President Michelle Webb, DNP, RN, CHPCA on the power of mentoring. About Lynn: Dr. Reinke is the Claire Dumke Ryberg, RN, Presidential Endowed Chair for Palliative and End of Life Care at the University of Utah, College of Nursing.

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Nurturing Elderly Dental Health: The Crucial Role of Caregivers

Caregiver Support Services

As society grapples with the challenges associated with aging, one aspect often overlooked is the importance of oral health for seniors. Maintaining a healthy mouth is essential for basic functions like eating and speaking and overall well-being. However, many elderly individuals face significant obstacles in accessing proper dental care. This reality underscores the indispensable role that caregivers play in safeguarding the dental health of seniors under their care.

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Psychologist Jason Hotchkiss: Hospices Can Leverage Online Reviews to Drive Quality Improvement

Hospice News

Jason Hotchkiss, author, chaplain and psychologist, has unveiled new research on the ways online reviews can help drive hospice quality and staff morale. He is currently a chaplain and behavioral health specialist at the Center for Elders’ Independence and a professor of psychology at Cornerstone University in Michigan. Prior to this work, he spent more than a decade as a hospice chaplain working for national and regional providers.

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