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How Four Questions Can Reduce Costs, Boost Hospice Utilization

Hospice News

A pilot program by an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) reduced per capita health care expenditures at a rural hospital by 70% and admissions by 98%. A key component of the initiative was a “Four Questions” framework for goals-of-care conversations. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation ran the project between 2011 and 2015 at 32 participating hospitals and health systems.

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Everything You Need to Know About Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)

Caring Senior Service

One health concern that often arises in seniors is atrial fibrillation, commonly known as AFib. This irregular heart rhythm condition or arrhythmia, can have significant implications for seniors' health and well-being. Let's dive into everything seniors and their families need to know about AFib, from its causes to treatment options.

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How to Fix the Nursing Shortage and Address Burnout: Veteran Nurse Leader Has the Answers

Daily Nurse

Dr. Anne Dabrow Woods has incredible insight into nursing as a practicing critical care nurse practitioner and nursing educator with over 39 years of experience and counting. Amidst a sea of temporary band-aid solutions for nursing, like gig apps and travel nurses, Woods , DNP, RN, CRNP, ANP-BC, AGACNP-BC, FAAN, the Chief Nurse of Health Learning, Research and Practice, Wolters Kluwer spoke with Daily Nurse to discuss her practical, long-term solutions to address the nursing shortage and b

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage and the Importance of Representation in Nursing

Diversity Nursing

Each year, from September 15th through October 15th, Americans honor and celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. Hispanic Heritage Month is a month-long celebration where we recognize the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Hispanic or Latino Heritage. The celebration begins on September 15th because it marks the anniversary of when Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua gained independence.

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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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‘Elegant, Expert Care’: The Emergence of Neuropalliative Services

Hospice News

People living with a neurological illness often face a long and painful road. Many neurological illnesses, such as dementia, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s, are progressive illnesses that come with a number of additional symptoms, from pain to depression. In recent years, more neurologists are realizing the need for specialized palliative care for this population.

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How the Public’s Perception of Nursing Impacts the Profession

Nurse.com

Nurses are intimately involved in the well-being and health of those in their community. It’s their duty to care for others physically, mentally, and emotionally. Because this care often relies on patient compliance, the public’s perception of nursing has significant impacts on the profession. History of nursing’s perception Stereotypes: Historically, nursing was considered a pink-collar profession — jobs traditionally done by women.

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Hospice Quinte Announces Resignation of Executive Director and Appoints Acting Executive Director

Changing Lives Podcast

Outgoing Hospice Quinte Executive Director Jennifer May-Anderson, left, with Acting Executive Director Petra Lepage outside of Hospice Quinte’s Stan Klemencic Care Centre on Wednesday, September 13, 2023. Hospice Quinte, a leading provider of compassionate end-of-life care, announces the resignation of Jennifer May-Anderson as its Executive Director.

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SCAN Group Invests in Guaranteed’s ‘Inclusive’ Hospice Technology Services

Hospice News

Medicare Advantage organization SCAN Group has invested an undisclosed dollar amount in tech-enabled hospice startup Guaranteed. The move comes nearly a year after California-based Guaranteed launched in August 2022, when founder and CEO Jessica McGlory began her own provider company two years after her father passed away. SCAN Group, parent company of SCAN Health Plan, is the latest investor in the hospice company.

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Sepsis Awareness Month: Know the Signs

AT Home Care & Hospice

Sepsis Awareness Month: Know the Signs and Save Lives We observe Sepsis Awareness Month in September as a time to raise awareness of this life-threatening condition. Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection, and it can quickly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. What is sepsis? Sepsis is a medical emergency The post Sepsis Awareness Month: Know the Signs appeared first on AT Home Care & Hospice.

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Risk of Respiratory Failure Evolves After Sepsis Onset

Daily Nurse

An analysis of 10 years of health data showed that risk factors for needing mechanical ventilation changed for patients with newly diagnosed sepsis as more time passed after onset. In the study, 13.5% of patients with a new diagnosis of sepsis required initiation of mechanical ventilation. Over half of these patients required mechanical ventilation within the first 24 hours after sepsis onset, while initiation occurred after 24 hours in 47.4% of patients.

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Solace in the Storm

Today's Caregiver

Caregiving can be needed at any point in your loved ones’ lives. In this book, Dr. Merle Griff looks at caregiving throughout the human lifecycle, starting with infancy through caring for adult parents.

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                                                                                                              The High Costs of Limited Hospice Access for Dementia Patients 

Hospice News

Limiting hospice access for dementia patients is likely to increase overall health care costs at the end of life, according to recent research. During the past decade, Medicare beneficiaries with dementia who utilized hospice had lower overall health care costs than those who did not, according to the Health Affairs study. The findings provide a window into the impacts of longer hospice stays for dementia patients at a time of heightened regulatory attention around utilization and costs in Medic

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Assisted Living Week

AT Home Care & Hospice

Assisted Living Week 2023 This year from September 10th through September 16th, join us in celebrating Assisted Living Week 2023. We celebrate this week to recognize all the amazing people involved in assisted living facilities (ALF), including staff, volunteers, and hospice and home healthcare professionals. This year’s Assisted Living Week has been given a “Season The post Assisted Living Week appeared first on AT Home Care & Hospice.

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Trinity Health Revolutionizes Nursing Practice Through Virtual Connected Care 

Daily Nurse

Nursing has a predicted shortage of nine million nurses worldwide by 2030, and Trinity Health is addressing this critical challenge by introducing a first-of-its-kind care delivery model to 38 nursing units in their hospitals in eight states to address these challenges, improve care delivery, increase job satisfaction and create career pathways for nurses at any stage of their career.

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Beginner’s Guide: Launching a Working Family Caregiver Employee Resource Group

Happy Healthy Caregiver

Caregiving doesn’t just happen during the work hours. In fact, as a sandwich-generation working family caregiver, I often had to use my time off for care, leave work unexpectedly, and make calls during the workday. Sometimes, my head wasn’t completely wrapped around work due to all the caregiving worries and responsibilities. And yet, I was … Beginner’s Guide: Launching a Working Family Caregiver Employee Resource Group Read More » The post Beginner’s Guide: La

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Steward Health Exec to Replace Stephan Rodgers as AccentCare’s CEO

Hospice News

AccentCare CEO Steve Rodgers is stepping down, with Laura Tortorella, COO of Steward Health, lined up to succeed him. Rodgers became AccentCare’s top executive in 2012 after more than three years as the CEO of OptumHealth Collaborative Care. Optum is now a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH). A major achievement during Rodgers’ tenure at the Dallas-based hospice, home health and palliative care provider was the company’s 2020 merger with Illinois-based Seasons Hospice & Palliative.

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FORTUNE Releases 2023 Best Workplaces in Aging Services Winners

Home Care Pulse

Article Contents: – Introduction – About Home Care Pulse Article Contents: 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, September 13 , 20 23 – FORTUNE Magazine has released its annual list of the best workplaces in A ging S ervices for 2023.

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Delayna Watkins is a Nurse TikToker Making Hot Flashes Sexy

Daily Nurse

Delayna Watkins knows what it’s like to have a hot flash interrupt your life. The Baltimore area nurse remembers being in the middle of a presentation to Maryland hospital executives when she suddenly couldn’t think straight and could tell the hot flash was coming. Watkins, 53, is a nurse and menopause wellness practitioner. She runs a menopause support group and creates TikTok videos to bring attention to menopause symptoms, specifically vasomotor symptoms or VMS.

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The Benefits of Uncomfortable Conversations While Caring for a Loved One

Home Sweet Home In-Home Care

Having uncomfortable conversations while caring for a loved one can make the journey easier for your family. It’s difficult to maintain healthy relationships with other family members when you’ve committed to caring for another loved one. After all, there are only 24 hours per day, and you can only spread yourself so thin. This can lead to additional stress, misunderstandings, and hurt feelings.

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The Role of Medicare Advantage in Growing Palliative Care Services

Hospice News

For the time being, Medicare Advantage may be providers’ best bet for palliative care reimbursement. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) also allows Medicare Advantage plans to cover palliative care as a supplemental benefit. In addition, the agency has integrated palliative care components into the Value-Based Insurance Design Model (VBID), often called the Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in.

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11 Books Every Leader Should Read to Become an Effective Leader

Healthy Workforce Institute

How does a star basketball player become a star? How does a world-renowned neurosurgeon navigate the complexities of the human brain with a scalpel? How do some leaders become legends, leading their teams successfully through crisis and insurmountable challenges? They all have two common traits. First, they didn’t start that way. I haven’t met a well-respected leader yet who embodied the principles of authentic leadership on day one.

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Having Hard Conversations While Caregiving

Responsive Home Care

Any time you dedicate so much time to caring for a senior member of the family, it is natural for other relationships to take a back seat. After all, there are only 24 hours in a day, and you can only spread yourself so thin. This may result in additional stress, misunderstandings, and hurt feelings. […] The post Having Hard Conversations While Caregiving appeared first on Responsive Home Care.

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Monarchs Teach Me to Trust the Cycle of Life

Elaine Mansfield

I feel the gentle pinch of grasping butterfly feet on my fingers before she walks on to taste flowers and freedom. She pauses as she explores a goldenrod for the first time and sways in the wind before lifting off to fly a short distance. Is it a test flight? The Monarchs were more than a month late this year. After the smoky apricot skies in June caused by north winds from Canadian fires, I fretted and whined and lost faith in Nature.

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Hospice Providers Empath Health, Trustbridge to Pursue Affiliation

Hospice News

The nonprofit post-acute care providers Empath Health and Trustbridge have signed a memorandum of understanding to begin an affiliation between the two organizations. Discussions of a potential affiliation began about a year ago, according to Empath Health CEO Jonathan Fleece. The organizations had a prior connection through the Florida Hospice and Palliative Care Association, as well as a joint venture with several other providers, the Responsive Care Solutions Accountable Care Organization (AC

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Assisted Living Week

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

Assisted Living Week 2023 This year from September 10th through September 16th, join us in celebrating Assisted Living Week 2023. We celebrate this week to recognize all the amazing people involved in assisted living facilities (ALF), including staff, volunteers, and hospice and home healthcare professionals. This year’s Assisted Living Week has been given a “Season The post Assisted Living Week appeared first on Abode Hospice & Home Health.

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Tips to help seniors deal with difficult emotions—part two

Living Assistance Services

Last week on the blog, we shared some tips for dealing with difficult emotions such as stress, anxiety, anger or sadness. This advice.

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Caregiver Curmudgeon: Homecare Edition

Today's Caregiver

According to the American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, there are two definitions for the word cur•mudg•eon. The first one being: An ill-tempered person full of resentment and stubborn notions. Or, my personal favorite: A crusty.

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The Benefits of Diversifying a Hospice’s Referral Mix

Hospice News

As the health care system changes, hospices may want to focus on diversifying their mix of referral sources. A range of factors are transforming the environment in which home-based care providers operate, including hospices. Among them are value-based payment models, the workforce shortages, regulatory scrutiny and reimbursement that isn’t keeping pace with costs, according to a new research report from Transcend Strategy Group.

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Sepsis Awareness Month: Know the Signs

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

Sepsis Awareness Month: Know the Signs and Save Lives We observe Sepsis Awareness Month in September as a time to raise awareness of this life-threatening condition. Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection, and it can quickly lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. What is sepsis? Sepsis is a medical emergency The post Sepsis Awareness Month: Know the Signs appeared first on Abode Hospice & Home Health.

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Celebrate Nephrology Nurses Week

Minority Nurse

Nephrology Nurses Week is marked during the second full week of September (this year from September 10-16) and honors nurses who specialize in the care and functions of the kidneys. For Nephrology Nurses Week, Faith Lynch DNP, RN, CNN and a national director of the American Nephrology Nurses Association (ANNA) talked with Minority Nurse about a nephrology nursing career path.

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Identifying who children’s palliative care is for

Together for Short Lives

Children’s palliative care is an active and total approach to care for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions that embraces physical, emotional, social and spiritual support from the point of diagnosis, throughout a child’s life, their death and beyond for the wider family. It can include the management of distressing symptoms, provision of respite care, […] The post Identifying who children’s palliative care is for appeared first on Together for Short Lives.

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2 Innovative Drivers ‘Reimaging’ Hospice Care

Hospice News

Technology and service diversification are two levers driving innovation in an evolving hospice landscape. Virtual care delivery processes are playing a key role in hospices’ ability to support both patients and staff as end-of-life care expands further upstream. The aging population has a variety of unmet medical and nonmedical needs in which hospices are well-suited to help address through innovation and process improvement, according to Cheryl Hamilton Fried, CEO of Virginia-based Blue Ridge

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Top Vaccine Recommendations for Older Adults

American In-Home Care

As summer comes to a close and students head back to school, it means that cold and flu season is right around the corner. While illnesses like a cold or the flu tend to be harmless to most people, older adults are often at a greater risk for complications from them. Knowing vaccine recommendations and encouraging loved ones to get vaccinated can help greatly reduce those risks.

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Nursing Tip of the Day! - Psychiatric Nursing

Nurse Nacole

Category: Psychiatric Nursing Management of treatment-related sexual dysfunction includes reducing the SSRI dosage and adding or switching to an antidepressant not associated with sexual dysfunction, such as bupropion (Wellbutrin) or mirtazapine (Remeron).

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Looking at the Migration of Nurses Through a Utilitarian Ethical Lens

Minority Nurse

A utilitarian ethical approach views to balance the greatest good over harm to everyone involved while considering the benefits and consequences (Velasquez et al., 2021). Migration occurs when a new circumstance or opportunity is better than the existing situation. The looming shortages in the nursing workforce globally make migration inevitable. It is essential to weigh the benefits and consequences of nurses’ migration.

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How 3 Hospice Companies Are Beating the Workforce Shortage

Hospice News

Though most U.S. hospice providers have the same problem — a workforce shortage — many seek to address it using unique solutions. Worsening workforce shortages have been keeping hospice leaders awake at night for several years running. Rising turnover due to the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the crisis, leading some hospice providers to shut down their programs or sell off their businesses because they could not recruit or retain a sufficient number of employees.