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How Hospice Eligibility Criteria Can Adversely Affect Dementia Patients

Hospice News

A growing number of patients with various dementia-related conditions will need end-of-life care in coming years. Hospices preparing for rising demand are facing compliance challenges, as these patients often require longer hospice stays. Patients with Alzheimer’s and other neurological degenerative disorders have health trajectories that are difficult to project, especially as they approach the end of life, according to Dr.

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Relationship Completion and the Power of a Song

Life & Death Matters

Guest Contributor – Bev Foster I have always had a strong sense that music is my close companion along the journey of life. Music continues to accompany me through various life passages giving me a deeper sense of connection and belonging, rekindling old bonds and forming new ones. Music’s ability to connect people whether it’s […] The post Relationship Completion and the Power of a Song appeared first on Life and Death Matters.

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Hospice in Prison Part 1: An interview with Michele DiTomas and Keith Knauf

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary In the early 1990’s, California Medical Facility (CMF) created one of the nation’s first licensed hospice units inside a prison. This 17-bed unit serves inmates from all over the state who are approaching the end of their lives. A few are let out early on compassionate release. Many are there until they die. Today’s podcast is part one of a two-part podcast where we spend a day at CMF, a medium security prison located about halfway between San Francisco and Sacram

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How a theater workshop helps kids and teens navigate grief

HopeHealth

With the help of two professional actors, kids and teens at Camp BraveHeart tapped into the power of theater to navigate grief. The post How a theater workshop helps kids and teens navigate grief appeared first on HopeHealth.

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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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2024 EAPC Cicely Saunders Award Winner

EAPC (European Association of Palliative Care)

Today we would like to announce the first of our plenary speakers for the 13th World Research Congress in Barcelona next year. Xavier Gómez-Batiste , Chair of Palliative Care at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Vic, Barcelona is the recipient of the 2024 EAPC Cicely Saunders Award. Xavier will present his award lecture ‘Enhancing the Psychosocial and Spiritual Dimensions of Palliative Care’ during the congress.

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Postcode lottery in NHS funding for children who need hospice care

Together for Short Lives

New research we are releasing today reveals that NHS funding for local children’s hospices in England varies by as much as £483 per child in 2022/23. We have found a huge variance in local NHS spending on lifeline care for seriously ill children, as well as a lack of understanding on the number of children […] The post Postcode lottery in NHS funding for children who need hospice care appeared first on Together for Short Lives.

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Racism: we have to stop looking the other way

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

This week’s blog is by Roger Kline (@rogerkline) who is a Research Fellow at Middlesex University Business School. In just one month the NHS has lost four Employment Tribunals in which judges heavily criticised NHS Trusts for race discrimination, another Trust had to apologise for repeated examples of racist behaviour by its staff towards colleagues and patients, whilst a national NHS body was found to have deliberately covered up racism.

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Celebrate the value of physical therapy this October

Rehab Realities by Renee Kinder

Every October the industry celebrates National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) to raise awareness with consumers about the many benefits of physical therapy. This focus allows all of us the opportunity to show appreciation to our PTs, PTAs and students for all they do to transform lives.

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Celebrating the Value of Specialty Nursing Certification on Certified Nurses Day 

Daily Nurse

AACN joins hospitals and healthcare organizations in recognizing certified nurses for their professionalism, leadership, and commitment to excellence in the care of patients and families as part of Certified Nurses Day , Sunday, March 19. As healthcare becomes increasingly complex and challenging, nursing certification has become an essential mark of excellence.

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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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Senators Propose Bills to Expand Hospice Training, Ensure Access to Transfusions

Hospice News

Sens. Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) recently re-introduced legislation designed to expand the palliative care workforce. The two lawmakers, along with others, also brought forth a second bill designed to ensure that hospice patients who need blood transfusions can receive them. The bipartisan-supported Provider Training in Palliative Care Act aims to increase the number of clinicians trained in palliative care as long-standing labor shortages continue to hinder access.

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Reading Rewards

Chicago Caregiving

Whether it’s books, magazines, or correspondence — studies show that reading offers protections against dementia as people age Learning to read is a revelatory experience for children. They discover that when certain letters of the alphabet go together, those letters become words that form sentences, revealing infinite possibilities. That initial thrill of reading can last a lifetime, and it can protect and improve the wellbeing of older adults in many different ways.

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The Language of Serious Illness: A Podcast with Sunita Puri, Bob Arnold, and Jacqueline Kruser

GeriPal

Summary Transcript Summary Communicating about a serious illness is hard. Last week’s podcast we talked about the challenge around miscommunication in serious illness. This week we dive into the challenges with communication when it comes to life sustaining treatments and CPR. Take for example the simple question: “If her breathing gets any worse, she will need to be intubated.

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Mahoney, Thoms, Franklin: Black Nurses and Reformers to Remember

AJN Off the Charts

Nursing is a challenging profession that requires expertise, dedication, and compassion. Black nurses have made significant contributions to the field, yet their stories often go untold. In this second post in a four-part series for this Nurses Month (here’s the first post ), I continue to highlight the achievements of Black nurses who have worked to provide quality care despite discrimination and prejudice.

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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.

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An extraordinary life well lived: a tribute to Lucy Watts

Together for Short Lives

Yesterday, we heard the very sad news that Lucy Watts has died. Our thoughts are with her Mum Kate, sister Victoria and all her family and friends. Lucy touched the lives of thousands and has been a huge inspiration and driving force for change, helping to give young people a voice. Lucy will be greatly […] The post An extraordinary life well lived: a tribute to Lucy Watts appeared first on Together for Short Lives.

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The First Leap to Receive Approval for a Novel Approach to PTSD Treatment

Healthcare Law Insights blog

On December 12, 2023, the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies Public Benefit Corporation (“MAPS PBC”) announced it has submitted a new drug application (“NDA”) to the FDA for the use of 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (“MDMA”) for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (“PTSD”). This novel therapy utilizes the administration of MDMA, a psychoactive substance that binds to the 5HT2a portion of the serotonin receptor, in a clinical setting in conjunction with psychothe

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Our Nurses, Our Future: No more rhetoric, it’s time for action

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

The focus of International Nurses Day 2023 is Our Nurses, Our Future. At a time when the nursing workforce is under more pressure than ever before Evidence Based Nursing (EBN) are focusing on what needs to be done to support our nursing workforce to thrive. We support nurses right to strike and the need for better pay and conditions but we also want to reflect on what can be done to help our nurses flourish.

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Unlocking communication: The role of physical, occupational and speech therapy in aphasia

Rehab Realities by Renee Kinder

Aphasia, noun apha·​sia ə-ˈfā-zh(ē-)ə Medical: loss or impairment of the power to use or comprehend words usually resulting from brain damage (as from a stroke, head injury, or infection) Aphasia, the cruel illness resulting from a stroke, allowed Jean to understand what was said to her but prevented her from clearly replying. — Robert Giroux The National Aphasia Association has declared June as National Aphasia Awareness Month.

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The Rise of Malpractice Claims Against NPs

Daily Nurse

According to “The 2022 Nurse Practitioner Professional Liability Exposure Claim Report: 5th Edition,” claims again nurse practitioners (NPs) are rising. To find out what this means and what NPs can do about it, Daily Nurse interviewed Georgia Reiner, MS, CPHRM, Risk Analyst, Nurses Service Organization (NSO). What follows is our interview, edited for length and clarity.

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Educating About Health Equity

Minority Nurse

Nursing has always held health equity as a critical value in many ways. Nurses strive to deliver the best care to all patients, independent of socioeconomic status, gender, race, or other factors. Health equity arguably gets even more attention than in the past. And that attention also occurs in nursing schools, where nurses are presented with the concept of health equity.

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CMS to Allow Concurrent Hospice Care During VBID Extension

Hospice News

The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will allow hospice patients to receive concurrent care through the Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in, and will permit health plans to further restrict utilization of out-of-network providers. Originally slated to complete in 2024, CMS recently extended the carve-in, formally known as the hospice component of the value-based insurance design model (VBID).

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Keep Connecting

Chicago Caregiving

Distance doesn’t have to end relationships. How to stay connected when a friend moves or goes through health changes. Veronica Boyajian and her husband — both in their 60s and formerly of Highland Park, Illinois — spent months looking for a new home. They wanted a lower cost of living and a supportive community for their adult daughter, who has special needs.

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Patient Advocacy: A Closer Look

Diversity Nursing

Patient advocacy is a critical aspect of providing safe and effective patient care. Nurse advocates are tasked with helping patients understand and navigate their healthcare journey, including answering questions, explaining medical care, discussing and explaining billing or insurance, and other healthcare-related topics. Nurses are often the first and last contact for patients in the healthcare setting.

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Access to Abortion Medications: Why Should Nurses Care?

AJN Off the Charts

She sat in my office, tissue in hand, tears rolling down her cheeks as she tried to process the news I’d just confirmed: she was pregnant, and really, really needed to not be. She was living in her brother’s small house, her seven-year-old son with her, sleeping on a sofa while trying to put her life back together after a divorce. She had chronic kidney disease, and had been told that another pregnancy could cause kidney failure.

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Dr. Juan Pablo Leiva

EAPC (European Association of Palliative Care)

We are deeply saddened to hear of the unexpected death of Dr Juan Pablo Leiva, which has been announced today by our colleagues in SECPAL. Our Board and staff send our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, patients and all who knew him. Dr Leiva posted earlier this week about the gratitude and privilege of working in palliative care (translated words below).

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Helping parents navigate Neonatal Intensive Care Units

Together for Short Lives

A new resource is supporting new and soon-to-parents through the complex and unique environment of a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The Palliative Care Information for Parents, which we’ve made together with charity Bliss, is being piloted in NICUs and children’s hospices with specialist antenatal and neonatal services across the country. The post Helping parents navigate Neonatal Intensive Care Units appeared first on Together for Short Lives.

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Tips to Improve Lung Health at Any Age | Caring Senior Service

Caring Senior Service

Our lungs work hard to provide our bodies with oxygen and get rid of carbon dioxide. Taking care of your lung health is essential for overall well-being. And the good news is that you can make positive changes at any age to improve lung function and reduce the risk of lung-related illnesses.

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“Delivering our future workforce is ultimately dependent on a sustainable and high quality educator workforce to support education and training, both in practice and in academic settings” (Health Education England 2023, pg. 3)

Evidence-Based Nursing - BMJ blogs

By Dr Jane Wray, Senior Lecturer in Nursing, Hull University, and Senior Clinical Nurse Advisor (National Preceptorship Programme) The ‘Educator Workforce Strategy 1 was recently released in England has acknowledged the urgent need for workforce investment and capacity building across practice and academic settings. Health-care expectations continue to shift, new information technologies emerge, practice requirements continue to evolve and as a consequence the educator role has increasingly dive

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The job we get to do: A glimpse into the world of skilled nursing therapists

Rehab Realities by Renee Kinder

In meetings recently I heard perspective from a colleague about the “job we get to do” as rehab professionals who are entrusted with caring for our patients — who are not just patients.

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Why Nurses Should Learn Wilderness Medicine

Daily Nurse

Nurses are some of the most versatile, widely skilled healthcare professionals, so if you’re a nurse that loves to camp and backpack, now may be the right time to add some wilderness medicine skills to your professional toolkit. Nurses say they like spending their free time traveling, exercising, and exploring the great outdoors.

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Meet the New President of the AANP: Stephen A. Ferrara

Minority Nurse

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) welcomed Stephen A. Ferrara , DNP, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, as the organization’s new president, taking the reigns from former AANP President April Kapu, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FCCM, FAAN in late-June. Ferrara is a busy man, wearing many hats. He’s an actively practicing NP in New York and a member of the senior leadership team at Columbia University’s School of Nursing, serving as the associate dean of clinical affairs and assistant profes

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How Hospices Are Complying with Telehealth, Data Privacy Rules Post-PHE

Hospice News

Patient data protection and telehealth compliance are key pieces for hospices to bear in mind when navigating technology partnerships in a post-pandemic regulatory landscape. Hospices are facing regulatory concerns since the COVID-19 public health emergency ended (PHE) on May 11 that have centered around telehealth. Some telehealth flexibilities temporarily instituted during the PHE will linger until the end of 2024, while others have already ended.

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Super Aging

Chicago Caregiving

With mental capabilities of people decades younger, SuperAgers are gaining attention from researchers looking at the link between lifestyle and brain health. What if, as you got older, your memory abilities stayed as they were decades ago? This is what happens for so-called SuperAgers — a term coined 15 years ago at Northwestern University. SuperAgers are adults over age 80 whose memories work at the same level as individuals 20 to 30 years younger.

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National Hospice Organizations Against CMS’ Final Design of its Special Focus Program

NHPCO

For Immediate Release November 1, 2023 (Alexandria, VA and Washington, DC) – The four preeminent national hospice organizations – LeadingAge, the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) and the National Partnership for Healthcare and Hospice Innovation (NPHI) – strongly oppose the final design of the hospice special focus program (SFP) as presented in the CY2024 Home Health Prospective Payment System Rate Update (CMS

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Relaxing: An Undervalued Skill as a Nurse

AJN Off the Charts

Image copyright Tanya Parker Taking the art of collage seriously. I recently attended an art workshop at the Biggs Museum of American Art led by artist Melissa Sutherland Moss , whose work is currently on exhibit there. The award-winning artist shared her process and guided participants in creating collage art based on the themes of self-identify and reflection.

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