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Breaking Down Costs, ROIs of Hospice-Death Doula Partnerships

Hospice News

Some hospices that have layered end-of-life doulas (EOLDs) into their workforce are seeing a return on these investments in various forms – including quality outcomes, retention and care continuity. Among the largest benefits of investing in doula workers is that these professionals can help hospices address unmet needs among terminally ill patients and their families, according to Goodwin Hospice CEO Beth Klint.

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Grief & the holidays: Practical advice when you have experienced the loss of a loved one

HopeHealth

If you’ve lost a loved one, your grief may feel particularly intense around the holidays. Here are tips to get through the season. The post Grief & the holidays: Practical advice when you have experienced the loss of a loved one appeared first on HopeHealth.

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Innovative Nurse Practitioners Can Turn the Tide

Minority Nurse

Nurse practitioners have been valuable members of the healthcare ecosystem for decades. As providers with increasing practice autonomy, NPs fill significant healthcare delivery gaps. With a growing shortage of primary care physicians , the need for NPs could not be more dire. When NPs approach patient care innovatively, everyone benefits from their creativity.

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Pediatric Oncology Nurse Hannah McCullough Comes Full Circle

Daily Nurse

At the age of 10, Hannah McCullough, BSN, got a glimpse of her dream job as a pediatric oncology nurse. As a child, she spent hours caring for her brother at his bedside at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital following a brain cancer diagnosis and being amazed by how the nurses took time out of their day to spend time with him. McCullough recalls how they focused on him as a whole person, which she found special.

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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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‘This Is Different’: Building a Sustainable Palliative Care Workforce

Hospice News

The state of the palliative care workforce is at an inflection point, as employers see both challenges and opportunities in their strategies to boost recruitment and retention. Palliative care providers have weathered many challenges in recent years, including evolving regulations and reimbursement structures, a global pandemic and widespread staffing shortages.

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Don’t Wait to Talk About Hospice

High Peaks Hospice

It’s an all too common situation. A family is at the bedside of a loved one who is seriously ill and nearing the end of life. Each member of the family has a different idea of what should be done and what the patient would have wanted. Far too many people wait until they are in the midst of a health care crisis before thinking about what options are available or what care they or their loved ones would have wanted.

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A Day in the Life: Cardiac Nurse

Daily Nurse

The heart is a crucial part of our life and our world. There are songs about it, movies that focus on it—at least the love part, and without it, unlike other organs, we wouldn’t be able to survive. So, what’s it like to be a nurse focusing on patient care with the heart? We interviewed Caitlin Fetner RN, BSN, Cardiac nurse, University of Maryland Capital Region Health.

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Former Canon Healthcare Owner Convicted for $47 Million in Hospice Fraud

Hospice News

A federal jury has convicted former Canon Healthcare owner Shiva Akula for False Claims Act violations totalling nearly $47 million. Canon Healthcare was a New Orleans-based hospice provider that also served the Baton Rouge and Covington, Louisiana, markets, as well as parts of Mississippi. Between 2013 and 2016, the company billed Medicare for $62 million and received $47 million in payments, according to the U.S.

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Grief During the Holidays: Some Tips

High Peaks Hospice

Grief During the Holidays: Some Tips The winter holidays are generally perceived as “the most wonderful time of the year.” But for those who are facing grief after the death of a loved one, the holidays may instead be a time filled with pain and sadness. Even those for whom grief is not as fresh, the holidays may serve as an annual reminder of the loss—not only of that person, but of tradition and celebration.

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NP Designation Helps Nurses Shape Their Careers with More Choices

Minority Nurse

Earning an advanced degree offers nurses immediate career benefits, including skills and knowledge they’ll apply to their work long before graduation. But advanced degrees, including the designation as a nurse practitioner (NP), also offer study nuances that propel careers forward and present opportunities that weren’t available before. Nurses who pursue an NP with a master’s of nursing degree find, in particular, that the additional credential offers a level of autonomy leadin

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The Nurse Martyr Helps No One

Daily Nurse

Recently, on LinkedIn, a heartfelt nurse colleague wrote that a nurse had posted something so painfully wrong-headed that she just had to respond. The nurse had written that nursing is not a career; it’s a calling and that any nurse who leaves the bedside is committing murder against patients. This shocking statement belies a sentiment that all too many nurses walk the earth feeling: that they must sacrifice everything for patients, even their health and peace of mind.

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VITAS CMO Shega: Younger Patients Should Have Advance Care Plans

Hospice News

The benefits of advance care planning for seniors are well-documented, but younger adults should also ensure they are prepared for a life-threatening health crisis, according to Dr. Joseph Shega, executive vice president and chief medical officer for VITAS Healthcare, a subsidiary of Chemed Corp. (NYSE: CHEM). Data from some studies indicate that higher completion rates for advance care plans result in more hospice enrollment, though societal factors and poor coordination among health care provi

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Hospice and Palliative Care: Making a Difference

High Peaks Hospice

A hospice nurse was recently asked, “How can you work in hospice – it must be so sad!” She answered, “I love providing highly-skilled, compassionate care because I know I make a huge difference in the quality of a person’s life. I love that I can use my training as a nurse to bring comfort and dignity to my patients, and seeing the relief on their faces and on the faces of those who care for them.

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Home Health & Alzheimer’s Disease

AT Home Care & Hospice

How Home Health Can Help with Alzheimer’s Disease Patients If you have a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you know that it can be a challenging condition to manage. As the disease progresses, it can become increasingly difficult to perform daily tasks and stay safe. Home health care can provide valuable assistance to both The post Home Health & Alzheimer’s Disease appeared first on AT Home Care & Hospice.

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5 Ways to Make a Positive Impact in the Nursing Profession

Daily Nurse

Nursing does not always get the glory that it deserves and sometimes gets portrayed in a negative light, but it is one of the best professions in the world. If you are a nurse looking to make an impact, you surely can. Here are five ways you can make a positive impact in the nursing profession. 1. Join a Nursing Organization There are many nursing organizations, from local, state, and national.

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Dynamics of Palliative Care Delivery in a Potential Medicare Benefit

Hospice News

A moving target in palliative care delivery is whether or not these services should have a dedicated benefit in the Medicare system. Discussions have heated up as to what such a program would mean for the industry. Palliative care models vary widely, with some focusing on interdisciplinary pain and symptom management, and others on consults around goals of care, family caregiving support and social determinants of health.

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Home Health & Alzheimer’s Disease

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

How Home Health Can Help with Alzheimer’s Disease Patients If you have a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you know that it can be a challenging condition to manage. As the disease progresses, it can become increasingly difficult to perform daily tasks and stay safe. Home health care can provide valuable assistance to both The post Home Health & Alzheimer’s Disease appeared first on Abode Hospice & Home Health.

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Can Nursing Students Benefit from Using Artificial Intelligence?

AJN Off the Charts

A series of surprising developments including the release of generative chatbots like ChatGPT has rapidly increased awareness of the growing capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI), sending shock waves through the research, academic, and nursing education community. As a nurse educator, I initially became interested in the power of AI (in all its forms) to speed the research process and improve investigator workflows.

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AACN Names Vicki Good Chief Clinical Officer

Daily Nurse

The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses ( AACN ) named Vicki Good , DNP, RN, CENP, CPPS, CPHQ, as its chief clinical officer (CCO). “As a member of our executive team, the CCO provides leadership of AACN’s initiatives to drive the transformation of acute and critical care work environments to align with AACN’s Standards for Establishing and Sustaining Healthy Work Environments,” says Dana Woods, AACN CEO. “Our CCO collaborates widely within the AACN commun

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Medicare Making Fewer Improper Payments to Hospices

Hospice News

Medicare fee-for-service programs made $31.23 billion in improper payments during 2023, though a smaller proportion of those dollars went to hospices than in years prior. Hospices received nearly 5.4% of improper payments from Medicare in 2023, down from 12% in 2022, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).

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The Role of Nurse Educators: Shaping The Future of Nursing

Diversity Nursing

Nurse Educators play a crucial role in shaping the future of Nursing by preparing the next generation of Nurses to meet evolving healthcare needs. Their responsibilities extend beyond traditional patient care to education, mentoring, and influencing the development of Nursing professionals. Here are some key aspects of the role Nurse Educators play in shaping the future of Nursing: Curriculum Development Nurse Educators are responsible for designing and updating programs to ensure they align wit

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National Family Caregivers Month: Thanks for You

The Caregiving Years Training Academy

During National Family Caregivers Month, we take time to give thanks for those who worry about, help and care for a family member. I took a few moments to reflect on the reasons we are thankful for you: You live in the truth about your caree’s prognosis, your fears and your challenges. Others avoid the truth because they fear it. Even when you feel the pull of fear, you choose to stay in the truth because the truth connects you to solutions and support.

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Healing Harmonies: Music's Role in Soothing Dementia Agitation

American In-Home Care

The power of music on our moods is monumental. Just think about how it makes you feel to hear a marching band play patriotic songs during a parade. Now compare that to how you feel listening to the song you danced to with your spouse on your wedding day. It stands to reason that incorporating music into caring for a loved one can also have profound effects.

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Adult, PACE, Palliative Centers Unveiled Amid Hospice Closures

Hospice News

Empath’s New Adult Day Center Empath LIFE has opened a new adult day center in Tampa, Florida, which will also provide caregiver education and respite services, among others. The LIFE program is a member of Florida-based nonprofit post-acute care provider Empath Health. Services at the program’s new facility include adult day services, primary and skilled care, therapies and social and emotional support.

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Leadership Development for All Nurses: The Time is Now

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

This weeks’ blog focuses on Leadership Development and is by Katarzyna (Kasia) Czabanowska, Prof, Dr @KatarzynaCzaba1, Emily McWhirter, PhD, RN @McWhirterEmily and Barbara Stilwell, PhD, MSC, FRCN, FAAN @bathebrit Nurses and midwives make up 50% of the world’s healthcare workforce but remain severely under-represented in senior leadership 1. To address this longstanding concern, we have sought to develop a framework of future-oriented leadership competencies based on evidence of globally a

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Celebrating Heroes Without Capes

AT Home Care & Hospice

National Family Caregivers Month: Celebrating the Heroes without Capes November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to celebrate the millions of Americans who provide unpaid care to their loved ones. Caregivers play a vital role in our society, helping people with chronic illnesses, disabilities, and age-related impairments live their best lives.

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5 medication management tips for seniors

Living Assistance Services

Seniors often have a variety of prescription medications to manage throughout the week—a task that can be difficult for anyone and is.

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How to ‘Sell’ Palliative Care to Health System Partners

Hospice News

Establishing consistent relationships with referral sources will not only fill palliative care’s business pipeline, but they also allow providers to develop better delivery models to meet the needs of their partners and patients. As value-based models expand and hold health systems accountable for the entire care continuum, palliative care partnerships and joint ventures are growing in attractiveness.

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Are You Prepared for the Responsibilities of Hospital Care at Home?

Responsive Home Care

No one wants to spend any more time than needed in the hospital. The aim is to get the necessary treatment or procedure over with as quickly as possible and move on to recovering. Unsurprisingly, the growing trend in hospital care at home is one being met with open arms. Imagine being able to avoid: Isolation […] The post Are You Prepared for the Responsibilities of Hospital Care at Home?

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Once Again in the Holiday Zone

Today's Caregiver

As we enter the 2023 holiday zone, the joyous season preparations can be somewhat (or much) more complicated than ever before as family caregivers. So, for the next few weeks, we will be presenting you with some helpful hints.

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Celebrating Heroes Without Capes

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

National Family Caregivers Month: Celebrating the Heroes without Capes November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time to celebrate the millions of Americans who provide unpaid care to their loved ones. Caregivers play a vital role in our society, helping people with chronic illnesses, disabilities, and age-related impairments live their best lives.

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VNA Health Group Appoints New Board Leadership; Blue Ridge Taps New COO

Hospice News

Visiting Nurse Association Health Group (VNA Health Group) has named a new board chair and vice chair, among other leadership appointments. Beginning in 2024, Robert Dibble will succeed Patrick McMenamin as chairman of the organization’s Board of Trustees. Eileen O’Hern Luby will serve as vice chair. Long-time board member Kathy Jones will become the board’s new secretary, and Patrick Boyle, another long-standing board member of the Board, will take on the role of treasurer. “I am deeply h

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Keeping Burnout at Bay 

Minority Nurse

Burnout can steal the enthusiasm, satisfaction, and joy that prompted you to become an NP. It can rob you of the joy of caring and potentially deprive your patients of the care they need. As a nation, the U.S. can ill afford to have NPs burn out. A national survey of U.S. adults conducted by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) in April 2023 found that more than 40% of respondents have experienced a “longer than reasonable” wait for healthcare.

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How Will Hospital-at-Home Care Impact Family Caregivers?

Home Sweet Home In-Home Care

Do you know how hospital-at-home services can impact family caregivers? If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that no one wants to spend more time in the hospital than they need to. The aim is to get the necessary procedure or treatment over with as quickly as possible and move on to recovering. Naturally, the growing trend in hospital-at-home services is one being met with open arms.

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Jan’s Story

Donna Cardillo, The Inspiration Nurse

Jan came from a highly dysfunctional family. One day at age 14, after a physical altercation with her drug-addicted mother and years of abuse and neglect, she decided to take her own life by swallowing downers she had accumulated from her mother’s stash and a bottle of gin. She was found unconscious in the girls’ … Jan’s Story Read More » The post Jan’s Story first appeared on Donna Cardillo, RN.

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How Quality, Utilization Will Shape Hospice M&A in 2024

Hospice News

Investment trends in the hospice industry have meandered in recent years, impacting providers’ approaches to growth in 2024. The mix of hospice buyers has become more diverse during the past five years to include more private equity investors, large health and hospital systems and home health companies, along with payers. These trends will have lasting impacts on how hospices orient their strategies for remaining competitive, according to Leslie Friedel, CEO of Indiana-based Stillwater Hospice.

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