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As hospice organizations continue to span the spectrum of the post-acute industry, many consider palliative care to be part of a natural progression. According to the 2020 National Hospice and Palliative Care Needs Survey Results Summary, 69% of its members … Keep Reading
In this episode of Help Choose Home, we’re joined by Beth Cavenaugh, a certified hospice and palliative care nurse and author of “Some Light at the End, An End-of-Life Guidebook for Patients and Their Caregivers.” Her book is an invitation … Keep Reading
According to the United States Census Bureau, the number of the nation’s 65-and-older population has grown by more than one third since 2010. With this growth, the number of people diagnosed with a serious illness has climbed, increasing the need … Keep Reading
It is an easy argument to make that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyday life for almost everyone. The hospice industry and hospice professionals that provide care are no exception. Hospice organizations have adjusted the ways that care is provided … Keep Reading
In this episode of Help Choose Home, the special guest is Dr. Fran Hoh, an Advanced Practice Nurse board-certified in hospice and palliative care, as well as the founder and CEO of Palliative RX. Palliative RX offers live online programs … Keep Reading
As a portion of the United States was recently hit with one of the most devastating winter storms in recent history, many hospices likely relied on their crisis plan to help navigate through winter weather, power failures and treacherous conditions. … Keep Reading
Hospice patients, their families and even healthcare professionals often ponder the role of the hospice social worker. It is believed that hospice social workers only assist with the patient’s advance directives, but this essential interdisciplinary group member is responsible for … Keep Reading
Social workers comprise one of only four disciplines required to oversee a hospice patient’s plan of care, and with March being National Social Work Month, it’s the perfect opportunity to highlight these core members of the interdisciplinary group (IDG). What … Keep Reading
The rate of suicide in the United States’ terminally ill population is unknown. However, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) reports suicide in the top reported sentinel events across healthcare organizations many years running. Every hospice staff … Keep Reading
The start of this new decade brought a myriad of challenges to the healthcare space. One of the most notable was the heightening of an already tenuous hospice staffing situation. Whether due to fear of exposure to COVID-19, burnout from … Keep Reading
I was delighted to have three well-respected national home healthcare leaders join me in a candid conversation about their personal thoughts on leadership at a time of tremendous change and opportunity. These leaders – Edo Banach, Bill Dombi and Vicki … Keep Reading
Effective January 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented the Value-Based Insurance Design (VBID) Model for hospice and palliative care patients enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans. The new VBID Model requires hospice organizations to submit claims to … Keep Reading


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