For many of us, the opportunity to journey with others as they face serious illness and the end of life in their own unique way is what drew us to hospice in the first place. Will the need to report the same data on every patient mean that individualized care must go by the wayside? Let’s explore that concern a bit.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have published the inaugural report for the Hospice Care Index. Are you diving into your results or delaying even taking a peek?
Replacing the Clock Batteries: Person-Centered Care for Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Related Disorders
While medical records can't tell the stories that patients with Alzheimer’s deserve, home care and hospice professionals can. This Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, you can better honor those lost in dementia symptoms by practicing person-centered care to make the transition more comfortable for everyone involved in the care process.
The benefit of having a strong relationship between nurse and nursing assistant is priceless. From professional caregivers to certified nursing assistants, the nurse's relationship with these key staff members can impact overall job satisfaction and the quality of care clients and patients receive.
It is easy for all healthcare providers to be “givers” and share their compassion willingly as they care for patients and families. But what about the professional home care and hospice caregivers who create these amazing impacts on all of their patients and families. Are we checking on them?
The OIG announced a new focused audit that will be conducted in FY 2023. The audit focuses on beneficiary eligibility for hospice services in the absence of a recent hospital encounter. How will your organization respond to this news?
Home health providers are at a significantly higher risk for HIPAA violations. Here’s how you can better protect your clients and caregivers from falling victim to the 289,000 privacy complaints made this year.
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) spearheads National Patient Safety Week each year, seeking to encourage everyone to learn more about health care safety and the steps we can take to protect ourselves and our patients from harm.
Hospitals are experiencing huge resurgences of virus-related admissions, emergency departments are over capacity, and many facilities are again under heavy restrictions. Now is the time to ask yourself: Is my hospice agency ready to face the challenges of the season?
Knowledgeable nurses are instrumental in improving outcomes for patients and families (and, therefore, your quality scores). But how do you balance the benefits of increased education for your nurses with the cost?
The holidays are upon us and while family and friends may be celebrating, at work, pandemic restrictions may still be causing varying levels of isolation.