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Hospice News for the Week of 9/14/2021

STRONG CULTURAL SENSITIVITIES NEEDED TO OVERCOME CULTURAL BARRIERS IN PALLIATIVE CARE   An article in McKnight’s Senior Living explores “Overcoming barriers to palliative care among culturally diverse communities.” Terri Maxwell, PhD, explores some of the barriers that impede access to care, and offers insights into cultural differences that may help providers be more successful.   […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 9/7/2021

AUTHOR ISSUES CHALLENGE FOR PROIVIDERS TO OFFER CAREFUL ATTENTION TO SPIRITUAL NEEDS OF PATIENTS AND FAMILIES   One of Betty Ferrell’s (PhD, FAAN, FPCN) titles is editor of Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing. In the latest issue of the publication, Ferrell issues a challenge. She notes that “palliative care nurses are centrally involved in […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 8/31/2021

RESEARCHER ASKS “WHY PSYCHEDLICS AND DYING?”   Megan Miller is founder of the Creative Dying Project which works “to start conversations about death, encourage end-of-lie planning and establish a network of inclusive, community-based, psychedelic-friendly dying centers and home care options.” She is also author of “Creative Dying: Why Psychedelics and Dying?” The article is on […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 8/17/21

GROUP WORKS TO FACILITATE END-OF-LIFE PLANNING WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS   “A team of human-centered designers created Famous Last Words, a toolkit to activate agency and intentional connection during the lonely COVID-19 period.” That sentence is the subtitle of “Reimagining End-of-Live Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Natasha Margo Blum, founder of Blumline, thought about the […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 8/10/2021

SURVEY OFFERS INSIGHTS ON IMPROVING REFERRALS   Transcend Strategy Group conducted a national survey of office managers at physicians’ offices. The focus of the survey was to better understand the managers’ practice of referrals to home-based providers. Of all responders, 81% say “they see little to no difference among providers of hospice, home health and […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 7/27/2021

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE OF DEATH AND DYING CONTINUES TO CHANGE   An article in The Pilot, in Southern Pines, SC, offers “The Way We Process Death, Grief has Come a Long Way in History.” Columnist Michael Smith reflects on American cultural attitudes toward death and dying. He recalls a 2013 Twitter post saying, “Cremation is my […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 7/20/2021

NEW TOOL HELPS TRAIN DOCTORS ON END-OF-LIFE CONVERSATIONS   University of Rochester researchers unveil SOPHIE, a virtual patient who could help train doctors in better explaining end-of-life options. SOPHIE is not a real patient, but a computer-generated avatar produced through the collaboration of computer scientists, palliative care specialists, and practicing oncologists. Their goal was to […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 6/29/21

  PALLIATIVE CARE PAYMENT MODEL COMING SOON?   “Palliative care payment model is on the not-so-distant horizon, advocates believe,” appears in McKnight’s Senior Living. NHPCO’s president and CEO, Edo Banach, told McKnight’s Home Care Daily that NHPCO “ began talks about a demonstration project in early 2020 with CMMI under the Trump administration, and those talks […]

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Hospice News for the week of 6/22/21

CONSUMERS SAY HOSPICE COMMUNICATION WITH PATIENTS AND FAMILIES NEEDS IMPROVEMENT   A recent survey of 300 family caregivers of hospice patients revealed that hospice communications are not meeting the needs of many caregivers. Only 43% of the family  caregivers reported that they were “very satisfied” with the hospice providers in the areas of: “(1) communication […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 6/15/2021

STUDY REVEALS BEREAVED FAMILIES ARE MORE LIKELY TO SAY LOVED ONES RECEIVED “TOO LITTLE” CARE RATHER THAN “TOO MUCH” CARE AT LIFE’S END   There are sometimes concerns about patients receiving too much aggressive medical care as they are dying. A study in Journal of Palliative Care focused on examining next-of-kin perceptions about the medical […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 6/1/2021

HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE NURSES ASSOCIATION ISSUES POSITION STATEMENT ON MEDICAL CANNBIS   Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), issued a new position statement on medical cannabis. The statement says “that palliative nurses should be familiar with the current literature about medical cannabis to facilitate effective communication about medical cannabis with patients and families.” This includes […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 5-25-2021

THE TOLL OF CAREGIVING—AND LESSONS LEARNED– THROUGH THE EYES OF A GERITRICIAN Geriatrician Dr. Rebecca Elon, familiar with issues impacting aging people, has experienced a year like no other Her sister died, her husband died, and she took in her elderly mother who has dementia. This year has taken her, she says from talking about […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 5/11/2021

NHPCO SURVEY FINDS HOSPICE PROVIDERS INTERESTED IN SUPPORTING NHPCO’S EFFORTS TO PROVIDE NEW RESOURCES    NHPCO recently completed a survey focused on understand “how many of its members have already developed, or are interested in developing, medical group practices.” When hospices want to participate in new care models, says NHPCO, those who have a medical […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 5/4/2021

ARTICLE EXPLORES FRAUD AND KICKBACKS IN CALIFORNIA HOSPICES   Reform proposals are emerging in California that are focused on addressing “widespread fraud, kickbacks and other abuse in an industry meant to provide comforting care for the dying. . .” A bill being considered in the state Senate, if approved, would create a one-year moratorium on […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 4/27/2021

ARTICLE EXAMINES THE PUSH TO EXPAND PALLIATIVE CARE   A STATELINE article from Pew Charitable Trusts examines the push to expand the use of palliative care. “Long-Haul COVID Renews Push to Expand Palliative Care” explores the efforts of providers of palliative care, as well as medical organizations, in pushing for expansion of palliative care to […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 4/20/2021

FEDERAL REGISTER PUBLISHES CMS PROPOSED RULE  ON HOSPICE   CMS published in Federal Register the proposed rule “Medicare Program; FY 2022 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update, Hospice Conditions of Participation Updates, Hospice and Home Health Quality Reporting Program Requirements.” The proposed rule addresses updates to hospice’s wage index, makes clarifications to the 2020 […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 4/6/2021

 RESEARCHERS EXAMINE THE ROLE OF SELF-COMPASSION IN CAREGIVERS AND PATIENTS   For those working in and/or being served by hospice and palliative care, suffering is inevitable. Having the ability to offer compassion towards oneself is a resource, and helps to be certain “that needs are not neglected particularly during times of suffering. Self-compassion in hospice […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 3/30/2021

WASHINGTON STATE SEEKING BEST PATHS FOR DEATH WITH DIGNITY ACT TO EVOLVE   In 2008, when 30 of 39 Washington counties voted to approve the Death With Dignity Act, assisted dying became legal in the state. The last year for which data is available for utilization of the law is 2018. The data indicates that […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 3/23/21

MEDPAC RELEASES MARCH 2021 REPORT TO CONGRESS ON MEDICARE PAYMENT ISSUES   On March 15, MedPAC released its annual March report to Congress. Overall, the report calls for increases for two provider systems — hospitals and long-term care hospitals. The report calls for zero payment increases for physicians, ambulatory surgical centers, outpatient dialysis providers, skilled […]

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Hospice News for the Week of 3/16/2021

COVID-19 RELIEF BILL MAKES IMPORTANT PROVISIONS FOR SERIOUSLY ILL PATIENTS   The Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (CTAC) posted “Congress Passes COVID-19 Relief with Important Serious Illness Provisions.” The article reviews the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, “the latest round of COVID-19 relief legislation which includes several key provisions affecting people with serious illness […]

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