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Inside The Pennant Group’s Hospice Growth Strategy

Hospice News

Home health and hospice provider The Pennant Group (NYSE: PNTG) has been fueling expansion with a series of acquisitions and new partnerships. Most recently, The Pennant Group agreed to acquire Signature Healthcare at Home’s hospice and home health assets for a price tag of $80 million. The transaction involves two separate purchase agreements, with one projected to complete by August 1 and the other by January 1, pending customary closing conditions and regulatory approval processes.

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5 stages of dementia: What to expect & how to connect

HopeHealth

If your loved one has dementia, here’s what to keep in mind at each stage — and how to create moments of connection along the way. The post 5 stages of dementia: What to expect & how to connect appeared first on HopeHealth.

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Shaunna Parker to Lead Vanderbilt School of Nursing Women’s Health/Gender Related NP Specialty Program

Daily Nurse

Shaunna Parker, MSN’11, WHNP-BC, has been appointed director of the Women’s Health/Gender-Related Nurse Practitioner Specialty program at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. Parker, a certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, focuses on delivering healthcare services and education to adolescent and young adult populations, particularly in underserved communities.

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3 easy, make-ahead meal ideas for seniors

Living Assistance Services

If you help care for an aging parent or other loved one, you already know that eating well is a struggle for many seniors. In addition to.

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Best Practices for Sharing Protected Health Information (PHI)

Explore essential topics in this ebook, including what constitutes PHI and how to identify it using 18 indicators. Gain insights into the importance of safeguarding PHI to protect patient privacy and learn about the severe consequences of HIPAA violations. Discover practical strategies for securely exchanging PHI within your healthcare organization, including assessing risks and implementing effective safeguards.

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‘Jury Is Out’ on Hospice CARES Act’s Proposed Payment Reforms

Hospice News

The hospice community is contributing input to the development of the forthcoming Hospice Care Accountability, Reform, and Enforcement (Hospice CARE) Act. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) is in the process of drafting the bill that, if enacted, would represent the most significant reforms to date for hospice payment and oversight. The legislation is currently in a discussion draft phase, which has been circulated among the nation’s major industry trade associations and their members for feedback.

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2024 AAHPM Visionary Dale Lupu, MPH PhD

AAHPM (American Academy of Hospice and Palliative)

Dale Lupu, MPH PhD George Washington University AAHPM reached out to the 2024 Visionaries to gain insight into what motivated them to pursue leadership positions and what they find more fulfilling in their experiences. Dale Lupu, MPH PhD has been recognized as one of the exceptional individuals chosen as a 2024 AAHPM Visionaries in Hospice and Palliative Care Who has most influenced your work and how have they shaped your contributions?

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Wellbeing Warriors: Strategies for Sustained Career Satisfaction

Minority Nurse

Despite being a vocational profession, nursing can harm your health and overall well-being. The long hours, high stress, and irregular shift patterns can increase your risk of adopting negative health behaviors (like smoking and eating processed foods). They may result in fatigue, weight gain, cancer, and diabetes. Unfortunately, traditionally marginalized minorities in America also have worse health outcomes than the rest of the population.

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Optum Fuels Growth for UnitedHealth Group with Amedisys Deal in the Wings

Hospice News

UnitedHealth Group’s (NYSE: UNH) subsidiary Optum, which holds a substantial home health and hospice business, continuesto be a major driver of the company’s growth. Optum is in the process of acquiring the home health and hospice provider Amedisys (NASDAQ: AMED), with closing expected before the end of the year, pending some regulatory hurdles. Optum last June penned its agreement to acquire Amedisys in an all-cash transaction of $101 per share, or about $3.3 billion.

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2024 AAHPM Emerging Leader Lauren Treat, MD

AAHPM (American Academy of Hospice and Palliative)

Lauren Treat, MD University of Colorado AAHPM reached out to the 2024 Emerging Leaders to gain insight into what motivated them to pursue leadership positions and what they find more fulfilling in their experiences. Lauren Treat, MD has been recognized as one of the exceptional individuals chosen as a 2024 AAHPM Emerging Leader in Hospice and Palliative Care.

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Nurses, Diseases, and Mosquitoes — Oh My! 

Daily Nurse

Did you know that mosquitos kill more humans than any other animal on the planet? (Forget sharks, who don’t even make the top fifteen killers on most lists.) From dengue to chikungunya, mosquitos are easy to hate and are a public health nightmare. Nurses and Mosquitos According to the National Library of Medicine website, there are over 3,500 mosquito species and approximately 110 trillion mosquitos worldwide, with only Antarctica being spared.

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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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Second Traditions Health Branch in McAlester, OK Awarded Home Health Accreditation

Traditions Health

Franklin, TN – Traditions Health of McAlester, OK has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Home Health Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. The McAlester home health branch on Washington Avenue underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review.

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State Legislators Mulling Bill Allowing LPNs to Make Death Pronouncements

Hospice News

The Pennsylvania state Senate has approved a bill proposing to expand staffing requirements around death proclamations to include a wider breadth of hospice clinicians. If enacted, the legislation would allow licensed practical nurses (LPNs) providing hospice care to make death pronouncements. Death pronouncement requirements in the state are currently limited to professional registered nurses (RNs), medical doctors, physician assistants and coroners under the Vital Statistics Law of 1953.

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The Magic of Medical Improv

Minority Nurse

Communication and collaboration are central to healthcare , and there are many tools for improving teamwork among medical facility staff members. Medical improv is an increasingly popular experiential strategy that adapts concepts and activities from theater improvisation to improve communication -related skills among healthcare professionals and critical outcomes in organizations.

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Rockland Community College Partners with Empire State University to Launch Innovative 2+2 Nursing Program

Daily Nurse

Introducing an exciting collaboration between Rockland Community College (RCC) and SUNY Empire State University – the new 2+2 Nursing Program. This innovative initiative allows students to seamlessly transition from an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) at RCC to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) through online coursework provided by SUNY Empire State University, enabling them to earn both degrees within just four years.

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The Essential Guide to HIPAA-Compliant Messaging for Home Care Teams

Explore the risks posed by non-compliant consumer apps like Instagram and WhatsApp in healthcare settings. Learn about potential HIPAA penalties and use a self-evaluation flowchart to determine your organization's need for HIPAA-compliant messaging. Discover straightforward steps to implement secure communication solutions efficiently, ensuring compliance and protecting patient data effectively.

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When Will Hospice Be There?

Adobe Hospice & Home Health

Understanding In-Home Hospice Care What is Hospice Care? Imagine comfort, peace, and dignity during a difficult time. That’s what hospice care is all about. It’s a special type of care focused on making the most of the final months for people with a serious illness. Hospice doesn’t try to cure the illness, but rather to The post When Will Hospice Be There?

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Bereaved Families Face ‘Devastating’ Impacts of Hospice Fraud

Hospice News

Fraudulent activity in the hospice space may be leaving some families without sufficient bereavement support. Fraudulent hospice schemes can take a tremendous toll on families that have lost loved ones who received poor or negligent end-of-life care, according to Cheryl Kraus, director of government affairs and policy at the Hospice & Palliative Care Association of New York State (HPCANYS).

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Making Memories with Seniors on National Ice Cream Day

Accessible Home Health Care

Ice cream holds a special place in the hearts of many Americans, symbolizing joy, comfort, and nostalgia. Its journey to becoming an iconic treat in the United States dates back to World War II, when it served as a morale booster for troops. During this time, ice cream was more than just a dessert; it became a symbol of home and comfort , a sweet reminder of the good times amidst the harsh realities of war.

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When Will Hospice Be There?

AT Home Care & Hospice

Understanding In-Home Hospice Care What is Hospice Care? Imagine comfort, peace, and dignity during a difficult time. That’s what hospice care is all about. It’s a special type of care focused on making the most of the final months for people with a serious illness. Hospice doesn’t try to cure the illness, but rather to The post When Will Hospice Be There?

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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.

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Caregivers Can Tackle Life’s Stressors By Keeping These Things In Mind

Caregiver Support Services

Stress often infiltrates our daily lives, disrupting our sense of peace and well-being. For caregivers, it’s especially important to learn to recognize the triggers that create those feelings and manage them effectively, not only in order to improve their quality of life but also to ensure that they’re able to do their jobs to the best of their ability.

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Gentiva Settles FCA Claims Against Kindred at Home

Hospice News

Gentiva has agreed to pay $19.4 million to resolve False Claims Act complaints that predate the company’s acquisition of Kindred at Home. The U.S. Justice Department alleges that Kindred at Home and related entities knowingly submitted false claims and retained overpayments for hospice services provided to patients who were ineligible. The federal government and the State of Tennessee first filed these complaints against Kindred in 2021 for claims submitted between 2010 and 2020.

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Traditions Health of Independence, MO Awarded Home Health Accreditation

Traditions Health

Franklin, TN – Traditions Health of Independence, MO has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Home Health Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a healthcare organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care. The Independence home health branch underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review.

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The Crucial Importance of Diversity in the Nursing Field

Diversity Nursing

In the constantly changing landscape of healthcare, Nurses play a vital role as the cornerstone of healthcare systems. They offer essential care, support, and education to patients. It is crucial for the field of Nursing to embrace Diversity, as it not only promotes social justice but also significantly improves quality of care, fosters innovation, and mirrors the diverse communities Nurses serve.

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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.

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Together for Short Lives and Bliss launch new information for families whose baby’s future is uncertain

Together for Short Lives

Alongside the charity Bliss, we are launching new information developed for families whose baby’s future is uncertain The information, which can be found here, guides families through the different aspects of perinatal palliative, ongoing, end of life and bereavement care. This is specifically designed for families who have either received an antenatal diagnosis of a […] The post Together for Short Lives and Bliss launch new information for families whose baby’s future is uncertain appeare

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Alivia Care Inc. Launches New Home-Based Care Business in Florida

Hospice News

Florida-based Alivia Care Inc. has launched a new suite of home-based services that includes a three-pronged approach to helping seniors age in place. Dubbed Alivia Care @ Home, its services include home health, private duty and supportive care (community-based palliative care). Featuring these three service areas was key in designing a care model aimed at meeting patients’ individualized needs, according to Susan Ponder-Stansel, Alivia Care’s president and CEO.

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Navigating Online Reviews to Build Care Marketing Momentum

Corecubed Care Marketing Solutions

Effective care marketing requires you to put yourself in the shoes of your target audience. If you’ve never role-played the part of someone seeking care services, take a moment to imagine how they might feel. They are likely experiencing a sense of urgency, uncertainty, and overwhelm. Most people in this situation start by exploring two avenues: personal recommendations from.

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Ep. 34: The Journey into Hospice & Palliative Care

HPNA podcast

In this episode, we welcome HPNA and HPNF board members Craig Durie, DNP, CRNP, ACHPN®, RNFA and Blake J. Tobias Jr., MHCI, MS, HA-ODL. Moderated by Board President Lynn Reinke, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, FPCN, ATSF, the group discusses their respective roles within health care, highlighting their commitment to improving patient outcomes through innovative practices and leadership in their respective professions.

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What Older Adults Need to Know About Pre-Diabetes

American In-Home Care

As we grow older, the risk of chronic illnesses increases, with diabetes being one of the most common concerns. Alarmingly, approximately 40% of individuals aged 40 to 74 are walking the thin line of pre-diabetes. In this condition, blood sugar levels are higher than usual but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Recognizing the symptoms of pre-diabetes and taking early action can significantly reduce the risk of developing full-blown diabetes and maintain wellness.

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Startup Tuesday Health Unveils Palliative Care Partnership with CareSource

Hospice News

Palliative care provider Tuesday Health has penned an agreement with the Medicare Advantage organization CareSource to offer services to its beneficiaries. Tuesday Health’s supportive care services operate on hybrid in-person and virtual models, according to Dr. Mihir Kamdar, head of care delivery of Tuesday Health. Nurses and advanced practice practitioners (APPs) provide clinical care to patients in their homes.

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2024 AAHPM Emerging Leader Sarah Stayer, MD MPH

AAHPM (American Academy of Hospice and Palliative)

Sarah Stayer, MD MPH University of Texas Dell Medical School at Austin AAHPM reached out to the 2024 Emerging Leaders to gain insight into what motivated them to pursue leadership positions and what they find more fulfilling in their experiences. Sarah Stayer, MD MPH has been recognized as one of the exceptional individuals chosen as a 2024 AAHPM Emerging Leader in Hospice and Palliative Care.

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What’s My Default?

The Caregiving Years Training Academy

In our Conflict Resolution training, I teach the idea having a default ready to use with the agitator in the family. I learned this strategy because of interactions I had with the agitator in my family. When my oldest sister reached out to cause trouble, I immediately connected with my other siblings and shared what she said so as a group we could develop my response.

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Nursing Tip of the Day! - Fundamentals

Nurse Nacole

Category: Fundamentals Among thiazide-type diuretics, hydrochlorothiazide is the most widely used. It has a bioavailability ranging from 60% to 80%. Its absorption may be decreased in heart failure and/or chronic kidney disease.

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Enhabit Demonstrates Hospice Growth Amid Conflict with Minority Investor Arex Capital Management

Hospice News

Amid a feud with one of its minority investors, Enhabit inc. (NYSE: EHAB) has demonstrated steady hospice growth, according to preliminary Q2 financial results released on Monday. The company will release its comprehensive earnings report next month. But this early report indicates that Enhabit has seen five straight months of sequential hospice average daily census growth, though the report did not quantify that increase.

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