Sat.Nov 04, 2023 - Fri.Nov 10, 2023

article thumbnail

CMS: Concurrent Hospice Care Improves Quality, Reduces Costs

Hospice News

Allowing patients to receive concurrent hospice and curative care reduces health care costs and improves quality. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its fifth and final report on the Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM), which studied the effects of allowing individuals to receive hospice care without foregoing other treatments.

article thumbnail

Hospice program honors 92-year-old veteran for military service

HopeHealth

Over his military career, “Buzz” Tilton flew everything from fighter jets to transport planes. At age 92, his community and hospice team honored him with a veteran pinning ceremony. The post Hospice program honors 92-year-old veteran for military service appeared first on HopeHealth.

Hospice 258
professionals

Sign Up for our Newsletter

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

article thumbnail

Reflecting on Remembrance Day and Three Important Things I Learned

Life & Death Matters

My heart is full as I remember – Remembrance Day. And my heart is full as I consider – today – the news – wars, deaths due to toxic drug supply, intimate violence, racism, poverty, climate change, fear. Loss and grief are not just personal. We experience loss and we grieve individually, in community, nationally […] The post Reflecting on Remembrance Day and Three Important Things I Learned appeared first on Life and Death Matters.

Grief 173
article thumbnail

Ready for the Future: Your opportunity to shape the content presented at EAPC 2025 in Helsinki!

EAPC (European Association of Palliative Care)

EAPC has launched the call for proposals for themed sessions for the 2025 World Congress in Helsinki (29-31 May, 2025). All the information about the call can be found at this page In the past we would have referred to these sessions as ‘parallel sessions’. For 2025 we are seeking proposals for sessions that can be delivered in a variety of formats.

2025 143
article thumbnail

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.

article thumbnail

Senate Bill Would Reallocate Nearly $1B in Hospice Funding to Pharmacy, Behavioral Health Programs

Hospice News

The U.S. Senate Finance Committee is holding a markup meeting today on a bill that would, among other provisions, reallocate close to $1 billion hospice dollars to other programs. When it comes to legislation, a few words can make a big difference. A couple of sentences in a 120-page set of amendments to the Social Security Act would make adjustments to the hospice payment cap for 2033 that would free up $927 million.

Hospice 284
article thumbnail

Yes, Nurses Can Take Naps on Their Break – Here’s How

Daily Nurse

Naps are known to be restorative for anyone who takes them, but this proves to be true for nurses. A 2021 study reports that nurses who took short naps during their 12-hour shifts produced better quality care, had less fatigue, and felt more energized. Although many nurses work 12-hour shifts, extended work hours can lead to excessive drowsiness, increased patient errors, and occupational injuries for those who may be more suited to a daytime schedule instead.

Nursing 117

More Trending

article thumbnail

It’s Never too Late to Thank a Veteran, Even at the End of Life

High Peaks Hospice

Americans across the country celebrate Veterans Day on November 11, a special day to salute the men and women who have bravely served our country in the military. These fellow Americans have made profound sacrifices in defense of freedom and they deserve our heartfelt thanks and appreciation. Honoring our nation’s Veterans includes supporting them throughout their entire lives, especially at the end.

article thumbnail

Earlier Palliative Care Yields Higher ROI

Hospice News

The earlier a patient receives palliative care, the larger the return on investment, an analysis by the Pennsylvania-based health system WellSpan Health has found. Palliative care is often viewed as a cost center in health care, rather than a revenue generator. Beginning in 2018, WellSpan began to test that theory by examining financial metrics associated with its palliative care services, with a focus on cost savings.

article thumbnail

NJ ICU Nurse Joyce Park Saves Life of Car Accident Victim

Daily Nurse

Joyce Park, an ICU nurse at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, was on her way home from a family dinner at a restaurant in Closter when a vehicle two cars ahead of hers began zigzagging across the road. Park watched as the car swerved off the right side of the road, struck a utility pole, and told her husband to stop their car so she could rush to the wrecked vehicle.

article thumbnail

A Military Nursing Career: CAPT Andrea Petrovanie-Green

Minority Nurse

Military nursing is a career path that offers professional opportunities, a sense of family, and a commitment to meaningful service. Military nurses are especially proud of their profession on Veteran’s Day. Andrea C. Petrovanie-Green, MSN, NC, RN, USN, AMB-BC, CAPT(Ret) and a member of the board of directors of the American Academy of Ambulatory Care Nursing (AAACN) says nursing is a calling. “It is a gift to help in ‘shaping care where life happens,'” she says. “P

Nursing 105
article thumbnail

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.

article thumbnail

Inspiring Change: Aimee’s Transition from DJ to RN

The Nurse Break

Write your own article! Learn more Read other similar articles Hi, my name is Aimee and I have transitioned from singer/DJ to RN over the last 4 years! My partner Stu and I have survived a pandemic, built our first home and together we have raised a beautiful 5-year-old daughter named Peyton. I am a passionate Disney mum, I do sing-a-longs every morning with my daughter which has effectively prepared me for a life-long career in paediatric/neonatal nursing!

Article 105
article thumbnail

Hospice Industry Groups Lobbying Congress to Change CMS’ Special Focus Program

Hospice News

The four largest hospice industry organizations are urging congressional lawmakers to mandate changes to the Special Focus Program (SFP) currently set to begin in 2024. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) last week issued its 2024 home health payment rule , which contained several hospice provisions. Among them was the Jan. 1 implementation date for the SFP.

Hospice 252
article thumbnail

RCC Nursing Program Achieves Perfection in NCLEX Pass Rate at 100%

Daily Nurse

The Rockland Community College (RCC) Nursing Program demonstrates its commitment to excellence, with its students achieving a remarkable 100% pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) in the third quarter of 2023. This accomplishment contributes to an impressive overall pass rate of 98% for the year, nearing a record-breaking number.

Nursing 110
article thumbnail

Meet a Champion of Nursing Diversity: Stacey Garnett

Minority Nurse

Stacey Garnett, MSN, RN, PMH-BC, NEA-BC, FACHE, is the vice president and chief nursing officer at Sheppard Pratt , the nation’s largest private, nonprofit provider of mental health services. In the fast-paced and ever-evolving behavioral healthcare field, nursing leaders are crucial in ensuring efficient operations, a supportive work environment for nurses, and providing quality patient care.

Nursing 105
article thumbnail

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.

article thumbnail

The Smallest Kindness

Today's Caregiver

One of the greatest challenges new family caregivers face is that our preparation to join our loved ones care team is traditionally started with a middle of the night emergency phone call.

article thumbnail

Choice Health at Home Acquires Lumicare Hospice

Hospice News

Texas-based Choice Health at Home LLC has inked a deal to acquire Lumicare Hospice, growing its presence in two current markets while establishing services in a new state. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Lumicare Hospice has locations in Texas and Arizona, two states in Choice’s existing service region. The hospice also has operations in Colorado – a new state in Choice’s geographic pipeline.

Hospice 249
article thumbnail

Violence and Danger in the Healthcare Workplace

Daily Nurse

It’s no secret that nurses and other healthcare professionals face the daily danger of infection, back injuries, falls, needlesticks, and other on-the-job hazards. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers put themselves at grave risk to care for critically ill patients, and some paid with their lives. Beyond the hazards we recognize within American healthcare, did you know that social services and healthcare workers experience the highest injuries from workplace viole

article thumbnail

Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

Caring for and Loving Someone with Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. It is the most common cause of dementia in older adults. Alzheimer’s disease affects everyone differently, but it eventually leads to severe cognitive impairment and death. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but The post Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s appeared first on Abode Hospice & Home Health.

Hospice 95
article thumbnail

Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s

AT Home Care & Hospice

Caring for and Loving Someone with Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. It is the most common cause of dementia in older adults. Alzheimer’s disease affects everyone differently, but it eventually leads to severe cognitive impairment and death. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but The post Caring for Someone with Alzheimer’s appeared first on AT Home Care & Hospice.

article thumbnail

Providers Hit Obstacles to Scaling Palliative Care

Hospice News

Progress on growing access to quality palliative care has been challenged by hurdles in policy, payment and common misperceptions among patients and providers. Palliative care providers can help patients and families at various points along their health care trajectories, but the fragmentation in the nation’s health system has led to widespread access issues, according to Jon Broyles, CEO of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC).

article thumbnail

Embrace a Primary Care Nursing Career at the VA

Daily Nurse

A career in primary care offers a lot, and when you choose a career caring for Veterans at the VA, you’re taking part in a mission that matters. A mission of service is unlike any other in health care. There’s no greater calling for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants than working directly with Veterans and helping them heal.

Nursing 93
article thumbnail

NHPCO Statement: Final MCCM Report from CMS

NHPCO

For Immediate Release November 10, 2023 (Alexandria, VA) – The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) published the following statement in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center (CMMI) release of the final Medicare Care Choices Model (MCCM) report and At-A-Glance report. MCCM was a CMMI model that ran from 2016 through 2021 to test the impact of providing concurrent curative and hospice care and evaluate “whether providing these supp

2016 89
article thumbnail

Boredom and Alzheimer’s: How to Avoid This Dangerous Combination

Responsive Home Care

Salt and pepper. Macaroni and cheese. Peanut butter and jelly. Some things are just meant to go together. One combination you want to avoid, however, is boredom and Alzheimer’s. Studies have revealed that boredom in dementia contributes to an increase in: Anxiety Aggression Agitation Hallucinations Delirium Wandering Depression And more Not only that but, boredom in […] The post Boredom and Alzheimer’s: How to Avoid This Dangerous Combination appeared first on Responsive Home Care.

article thumbnail

Hospice Deals Propelling Growth for The Pennant Group

Hospice News

The Pennant Group (NASDAQ: PNTG) acquired five Medicare hospice provider numbers during the past six months, which accelerated growth for its home-based care segment. These deals expanded the home health, hospice and senior living company’s presence in California, Arizona, Oklahoma and Texas and include a mix of existing operations as well as license purchases.

Hospice 230
article thumbnail

Are we making progress in helping the ‘missing millions’? Is collaboration and unifying voices the key to success?

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

Written by Dr Ruth E Barker, Dr Nicola Roberts, Ms Lisa Dow & Mr Russell Winwood Ruth Nicola Lisa Russell Back in 2019, Nicola wrote a blog about World COPD Day 1. Since then, World COPD Day efforts have grown, and the national day has become gradually more supported on social media and more widely. However, the same issues still persist 4 years on, people still often ignore symptoms of breathlessness and/or cough as well as potentially having difficulty in getting respiratory diagnostic tes

Events 122
article thumbnail

A Key Strategy to Create and Sustain a Great Culture

Healthy Workforce Institute

CULTURE. If you are anyone working in healthcare, you’ve been hearing that word a lot. It seems to be the current buzz word. Every other day there’s a new study, report, article – you name it – revealing the “shocking effects” of toxic cultures on human beings and how leaders, executives, organizations, etc., need to focus on creating healthy work cultures.

article thumbnail

Black Friday Deals for Nurses This Holiday Season

Nurse.com

The holiday season is a time of festivities and giving, and who’s more deserving of celebration and gratitude than nurses? Fall and winter holidays are times when most people can take a short break from their professional lives. But for most nurses, this time of year doesn’t always present opportunities to relax. Patient care doesn’t take a holiday.

Nursing 81
article thumbnail

Caregiver Support a ‘Significant’ Priority in CMMI Models, VBID

Hospice News

Unmet caregiver needs are a top issue to address in developing end-of-life care models encircling the Medicare landscape. Among top priorities in current and future payment models is to improve care for those with serious and terminal illnesses, which includes caregiver support, according to Purva Rawal, chief strategy officer for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI).

Caregiver 225
article thumbnail

Continuing Education For Nurses: Staying Up To Date In The Field

Diversity Nursing

Why Continuing Education is Vital Continuing education (CE) is vital for Nurses as it allows you to stay up to date with the latest advancements and best practices in the field. The healthcare field is constantly evolving, with new research, technologies, and treatments being introduced regularly. By participating in CE programs, you can ensure you're equipped with the most current knowledge and skills to provide the highest quality care to patients.

Seminar 78
article thumbnail

Elder Care in Paso County, Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, FL and Surrounding Areas

Bayshore Care Home

5 benefits of elder care Elder care, which refers to the provision of support and assistance to older individuals, can offer numerous benefits for both the seniors themselves and their. The post Elder Care in Paso County, Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, FL and Surrounding Areas first appeared on Bayshore Home Care.

article thumbnail

Dressing for Success: What To Wear to a Nursing Interview

Nurse.com

Between updating resumes and researching organizations, job seeking can take a lot of time, patience, and preparation. Knowing what to wear to a nursing interview can show employers you’re the best fit for the role. What you wear to virtual or in-person job interviews can say a lot, according to nurse managers and leaders that conduct those interviews.

Nursing 79
article thumbnail

Aveanna Healthcare’s ‘Strong, Disciplined’ Hospice Growth

Hospice News

Though hospice is a smaller segment for Aveanna Healthcare Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAH), it remains a stronghold in the company’s strategic growth plans and a key to leveraging its value proposition among payers. Aveanna’s home health and hospice segment has had mixed results thus far this year, but saw recent improvement, along with its other service lines, last quarter.

Hospice 219
article thumbnail

Anxiety Wants To Be My Friend

Elaine Mansfield

Anxiety wants to be my friend. I know because she crawls into bed with me every night. I awaken before dawn and she’s still there, clutching my belly and rattling my mind. It helps a little when my sweet pup Disco lies on my feet, the warm presence of another living being. It helps a little when I follow my breath and slow down the exhalations. One – two – three – four – five – six.

Books 76
article thumbnail

The Importance of Avoiding Boredom for Seniors with Dementia

Home Sweet Home In-Home Care

Get help avoiding boredom for seniors with dementia! Macaroni and cheese. Salt and pepper. Peanut butter and jelly. There are certain pairs that just make sense. One combination you want to avoid, however, is boredom and dementia. In fact, avoiding boredom for seniors with dementia is extremely important. Research reports have revealed that boredom in dementia leads to an increase in: Depression Delirium Agitation Anxiety Aggression Wandering Hallucinations And more Even further, boredom in fami

Article 75