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25% of seniors don't talk about end-of-life care, says UC study

November 10, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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Nobody like to talk about death. But not talking about it now could diminish your chances of having your end-of-life wishes known later, notes a study in JAMA.

CMS releases hospice utilization tool

October 7, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The new data set will allow for easier analytics on how—and where—hospice serCMS releases hospice utilization toolvices are being delivered.

More families say no to feeding tubes for advanced dementia

September 12, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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Increasing awareness about the stages of advanced dementia can help families make more informed decisions on tube feeding.

Animal comforts

September 9, 2016  |  Beth Thomas Hertz
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Aminals have a special power to connect with seniors, including those whose dementia makes it hard for them to communicate. Furry, fuzzy and feathered assistants help their human counterparts engage residents with company and comfort near the end of life....

Calif. sets the pace for POLST

August 11, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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A whopping 50 percent of the state’s nursing home residents are using POLST forms to document their decisions on life-sustaining treatment, according to a new study.

Advance care planning: Easing the difficult conversation

July 20, 2016  |  Dan Hogan, founder and CEO, Medalogix
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By Dan Hogan, founder and CEO, Medalogix

Discussing and documenting end-of-life choices is a key component of person-centered care, yet advance care planning is something we often put off far longer than we should.

 

Scottish university launches Master’s program in person-centered care

July 7, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The program is the first in the country to offer an advanced degree based on person-centered decision making, and will include courses in palliative care, dementia care and gerontology.

Whistleblower: hospice provider rigged documentation to raise census

July 6, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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A civil lawsuit filed by a whistleblower claims Caris Healthcare, which provides hospice services in five states, deliberately documented any illness that could be considered terminal in order to keep its hospice beds occupied.

Opioid addiction among the elderly

June 28, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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Opioid addiction isn’t limited to young people or to shifty characters in a back alley. Many older adults struggle with addiction to painkillers, warns a leading addiction specialist.

Hospice experience inspires woman to become a hospice nurse

May 10, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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A woman decides to become a hospice nurse based on her personal experience with hospice care for her teenage son. 

CMS proposes payment boost, new reporting system for hospice

April 22, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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Hospice may see a 2 percent increase in reimbursements in 2017, but new reporting requirements could go into effect as well, according to a new CMS proposal.

Having 'the talk' about death

April 17, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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National Healthcare Decisions Day is Apr. 16, and as most skilled nursing facilities know, an advance directive may be a little piece of paper, but it’s a big conversation process.

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