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Enhabit Appoints General Counsel; The Denver Hospice Gets New Medical Director

Hospice News

The Denver Hospice Appoints New Medical Director. The Denver Hospice recently tapped Dr. Robert Howe as its new medical director following the retirement of Dr. Shirlee Turner after 11 years of service at the company. Valley Medical Group’s New CMO.

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Voices: ??Dr. Khai Nguyen, National Medical Director, Geriatrician, CHAP

Hospice News

In this Voices interview, Hospice News sits down with Dr. Khai Nguyen , National Medical Director, Geriatrician for CHAP, to talk about the age-friendly care movement. It has also helped me serve our partners in this space as a National Medical Director for CHAP.

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Former VITAS Manager Becomes VP of Operations; Hawaii E.D. Doc Turns Hospice Medical Director

Hospice News

Kauai Hospice Recruits Retired Emergency Doc as Medical Director. Dr. William “Monty” Downs is stepping into a new role as medical director of Hawaii-based Kaua‘i Hospice after retiring from 50 years in the emergency department at Wilcox Health Medical Centert.

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High Peaks Hospice celebrates National Doctors Day with a Spotlight on our Medical Director

High Peaks Hospice

High Peaks Hospice would like to honor our Medical Director, Dr. Curt Gedney for National Doctors Day by sharing information about him with the team. It was also at this time in Tucson that he decided to leave the ministry and go to medical school, a dream since childhood.

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Homeland at Home Launches Community-Based Palliative Care Program

Hospice News

The provider’s palliative care team includes a physician medical director, social worker and nurse practitioners who now offer in-home palliative care to adult patients 18 and older facing a serious illness. “As

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Capital Caring Health to Expand Home-Based Primary Care Service

Hospice News

The grant will also support efforts to address social determinants of health, according to Dr. Heidi Young, associate chief medical officer for Capital Caring and medical director of the Primary Care at Home program.

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M&A Buyers Scour Hospice Financials for Compliance Risks

Hospice News

Discrepancies in payroll and staff expense records can signal potential kickbacks or fraud, according to Mark Kulik, managing director at M&A advisory firm The Braff Group. “We’re

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Hospices Expanding Services for the Veteran Population

Hospice News

These patients have unique mental, physical and socioeconomic needs when they come to hospice, according to Dr. Faith Protsman, VITAS regional medical director in California. “So The nation’s veterans are aging along with the rest of the U.S.

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Is the Doctor In? Legal Considerations for Hospice Physician Contracting

Healthcare Law Insights podcast

When it comes to contracting for a medical director’s or other hospice physician’s services, there are a variety of pitfalls to avoid and legal considerations to keep in mind. When it comes to contracting for a medical director’s or other hospice physician’s services, there are a variety of pitfalls to avoid and legal considerations to keep in mind.

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Agape Care’s New M&A VP, New CEO Takes Helm at Community Hospice

Hospice News

He also served as director at CHMG Capital, LLC. Previously, Bettis was the associate director for the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency in California. Florida-based Trustbridge has named Dr. Katherine Brazzale as its new chief medical officer of hospice services.

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High Peaks Hospice celebrates 35 years by looking back at their beginning

High Peaks Hospice

The program was unique, providing family oriented comprehensive services which included medical, nursing, social work, spiritual care, volunteer support, bereavement services as well as the availability of specialty care by physical therapists, nutritionists and speech therapists.

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Wages Rising for Hospice Workers; Aides See 9.09% Increase

Hospice News

Medical directors saw the lowest rate of increase at 0.6% Medical social workers saw an average 4.07% hourly increase, but in terms of productivity tended to have larger caseloads, with a national average of 29.15

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Rural Providers Weigh Telehealth Investment Against Regulatory Uncertainty

Hospice News

Thus far, the initiative has yielded positive results, but the process hasn’t always been easy, according to Dr. Gregg VandeKieft, executive medical director of the institute’s Palliative Practice Group.

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More Medical Schools Investing in Palliative Care Education

Hospice News

As these programs grow, I think it will become more apparent just how essential these skills are,” Dr. Alana Sagin, associate professor of hospice and palliative care at Perelman and CARE-7 curriculum director, told Hospice News in an email.

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How Do You Know When It's Time For Hospice Care?

Comforcare Home Care

Hospice uses an interdisciplinary team consisting of a medical director, nurse, social worker, home health aide, spiritual care and volunteers. Getting older and aging can be a difficult process to accept.

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Adventist Health Expands Hospice Footprint, Services in California

Hospice News

The program now is staffed by one full-time and one part-time hospice nurse, as well as a chaplain, home health aides, and a medical social worker. Adventist Health has expanded its hospice services in Mendocino Country, California, both in terms of geography and its scope of services.

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Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Break Down Advance Care Planning Barriers

Hospice News

As key members of the interdisciplinary team, clinical social workers are already well-trained to have meaningful conversations around advance care planning with patients and families,” SWHPN Executive Director Jessica Strong said in a statement. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Mark Warner (D-Va.)

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Providers Leverage Efficiency to Boost Palliative Care ROI

Hospice News

Looking ahead to greater reliance on value-based payment models, this approach may become even more critical, according to Igal Ladabaum, co-founder and CEO of Hospi Corp, the medical supply company that developed the Macy Catheter for rapid administration of medication and fluids. “As

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Hospices, Health Systems Expand Pediatric Palliative Care, Hit Staffing Barriers

Hospice News

Few clinicians have the specialized training to provide pediatric palliative care, according to Sara Dado, senior director of clinical programs for Lightways Hospice and Serious Illness Care.

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Voices: Deanna Heath, VP of Hospice and Palliative Care Services, KanTime

Hospice News

Hospice would likely change from the Medical Director-led IDT team with standard COPS, to a landscape of payer-source-driven rules for each patient. This article is sponsored by KanTime.

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How Hospice, Behavioral Health May Cross Paths

Hospice News

Many people living with serious medical illnesses also suffer from comorbid behavioral health issues,” the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) indicated in a 2020 report. Awareness of even the basic tools to address some of this will greatly empower our medical community.”

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When FCA Cases Result in Criminal Charges

Hospice News

A typical False Claims Act case would be a medical necessity and eligibility dispute. These are easier to financially prove, as opposed to medical necessity or eligibility, which are harder because they involve clinical judgment.”.

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The Secret is Out: Hospice Recertification Made Easy!

Hospice Nurse Hero

However, did you know that only the hospice medical director can recertify your patient’s eligibility ? The first two benefit periods don’t require an in-person or face-to-face visit from the hospice medical director. This post may contain affiliate links.

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First Docs to Expand Nationally With Private Equity Backing

Hospice News

First Docs partners with those providers to ensure continuity of care in collaboration with hospice medical directors. “I’m The firm’s portfolio companies include Bristol Hospice and the non-medical home care company Comfort Keepers.

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Two Ways to Share your Palliative Care and Hospice Stories

Pallimed

Christian Sinclair, MD, FAAHPM (@ctsinclair) is editor of Pallimed, a former hospice medical director and current outpatient palliative care physician at the University of Kansas Cancer Center.

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Hospice Care Duration: How Long Does It Last and Can I Come Off Hospice?

Shining Light Hospice

You’re able to continue receiving hospice care as long as the hospice doctor or the medical director certifies that you are still terminally ill. At the beginning of the first 90-day benefit period, your doctor, the hospice doctor, or the medical director must certify that you are terminally ill with six months or less remaining to live. As you can see, you can remain on hospice as long as medically necessary to receive palliative care for your terminal illness.

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Non-Clinical Staff Shortages Cause Hospices ‘Sleepless Nights’

Hospice News

One of the biggest areas that we’re seeing turnover in is administrators, medical directors, executive directors and directors of nursing. Hospice providers are nearly desperate to recruit nurses, but their labor woes do not end there.

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Quality Data Crucial for Hospices in Value-Based Reimbursement

Hospice News

Effective processes to measure and track quality are crucial for hospices when it comes to proving their value proposition to payers, according to Dr. Alena Baquet-Simpson, chief executive medical director of insurance giant Aetna, a CVS Health company (NYSE: CVS). “It

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Hospices Need a ’Huge Catapult’ to Replenish Workforce

Hospice News

Hospice] has to become a part of the education of medical students, nursing and social workers at large,” Lee told Hospice News. AAHPM’s chief medical officer, told Hospice News in an email. AAHPM president and vice president and national medical director of Aspire Health.

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What Lessons Have We Learned from the First COVID Surges? Jim Wright & Darrell Owens

GeriPal

Imagine that you are the medical director of a large (>150 bed) nursing home. Alex: First is Darrell Owens, who’s Associate Medical Director of Palliative Care at the University of Washington Northwest Campus. Summary Transcript Summary.

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Blue Monarch CEO: Hospice Startup Seeks to Raise Bar on Quality

Hospice News

From your electronic medical records to your patient and staff charting systems and referral databases. We also have a home health aide, a chaplain, a social worker, a patient intake coordinator and a medical director.

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Some of the Many Benefits of Being an NP

Minority Nurse

Our educational foundation is rooted in the nursing model, whereas physicians are trained in a more traditional medical model. In the past several years, I have also seen an increase in NPs working as hospitalists, in more nuanced specialty areas, and even as medical directors.”.

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To See Her Daughter’s Marriage

The Bucket-List Blog

Our chief medical director, Dr. Hanan Budeiri (known to all of us as Dr. B) donated refreshments for a reception. We met Nancy through her mother who was in our care at the Compassionate Care Center.

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Empath Health’s New Chief Medical Executives, HopeWest CEO Retires

Hospice News

Empath Health appoints chief medical executives. Florida-based Empath Health recently appointed two new chief medical executives. Dr. Carol Li serves as its chief mission medical administrative officer, and Dr. Neville Sarkari as its chief mission medical affairs officer.

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10 Hospice News ‘Hidden Gem’ Stories from 2022

Hospice News

Brian Cassel, palliative care research director for the Virginia Commonwealth School of Medicine, told Hospice News. Children with medically complex conditions and multiple health needs can be difficult to manage.

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5 Tips to Stop Feeling Incompetent for New Hospice Nurses

Hospice Nurse Hero

Members of the IDG include: Medical Director Physicians Nurses (RNs and LPNs) Home Hospice aides Medical Social Workers Chaplains Bereavement Therapists (speech, occupation, physical) Volunteer Coordinator and Volunteers Patient and Family (are not required to attend meetings).

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5 Numbers that Shaped Hospice in 2022

Hospice News

Social workers saw an average 4.07% hourly wage hike, and medical directors saw the lowest rate of increase at 0.6%, the report indicated. Hospice leaders have kept their eyes on four key numbers as 2022 progressed: clinical capacity, length of stay, labor costs and utilization.

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Hope Produces Town Hall Webinars

Hope Hospice

Panelists: Jatinder Marwaha, MD, FACP, HMCD, Hope Hospice Medical Director. Kuljeet Multani, MD, HMCD, Hope Hospice Associate Medical Director. Panelists: Kathleen Brand, LMFT, ATR, Hope Hospice Grief Support Center Director. For immediate release: May 11, 2020.

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Dr. Michael Barbato. Physician Midwifing Death.

Journey With Deanna

He has been a physician for over 50 years and Hospice Medical Director for over 20. Meeting Dr. Barbato and his wife Ann was one of the highlights of my trip to Australia. He is not only an accomplished physician, author and educator but a very kind soul and lovely human being. Listen in as he shares about the 'deep sleep' state, about the hardest part of dying, about demedicalizing dying. We spent Saturday afternoon at his home in Kiama.

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Undisclosed Conflicts of Interest by Physicians Creating the CDC Opioid Prescribing Guidelines: An Epilogue

Pallimed

While following this response, we confirmed that Chou received funding in September 2014 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), through his role as the Director for the Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center and employment by Oregon Health and Science University (14).

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New Hospice Facilities Launch Ahead While Others Halt

Hospice News

This location grew out of an overwhelming demand for more grief support and resources in the West End,” Amy Hill, executive director of counseling services at Hosparus Health, said in an announcement. “We

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Opioids May Improve Survival for Hospice Patients

1-800-HOSPICE

Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. It is well established that hospice correlates with survival improved by days to months among the subset of patients who meet admission criteria.

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Improving Nursing Home Quality: Jasmine Travers, Alice Bonner, Isaac Longobardi, and Mike Wasserman

GeriPal

And we have Isaac Longobardi who is Associate Director of the Moving Forward Coalition. As somebody who works in a nursing home, I can barely read a nursing home note anymore because if it’s on electronic medical record, it’s usually a bunch of check boxes, several pages.

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