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VNAA forms first national association for home healthcare

April 20, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The new national association will raise awareness of the roles of home-based care and advocate for better financial models to support it.

2017 Leader of Tomorrow: Ana Cabrera, RN, MSc

April 10, 2017  |  Beth Thomas Hertz

Terminal illness and grief are multicultural experiences, and this Texas nurse has brought a deeper understanding to ethno-cultural considerations in hospice care.

Massachusetts coalition launches advance care planning app

April 5, 2017  | 

A Massachusetts coalition is marking National Healthcare Decisions Day with a new app to get the end-of-life care conversation started.

2017 Leader of Tomorrow: Kayla Bruce, LPN

April 4, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

A hospice nurse at Louisiana Hospice and Palliative Care (LHC) of Hammond is leading her peers in the culture change of end-of-life care through patient empowerment and behavioral understanding.

Palliative and hospice training bill back on congressional agenda

March 31, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The new bill proposes funding for training as more organizations urge the need for better support for hospice and palliative care in professional settings and at home.

Home care before hospice

March 30, 2017  |  Kaiser Health News

Home based palliative care, or pre-hospice, programs aim to improve quality of life by bringing healthcare workers into the home and better care coordination—all while cutting costs for seniors and Medicare. And research shows it’s working. 

Obesity and hospice usage

March 6, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Researchers combed more than 5,600 Medicare beneficiary records to study the relationship between body weight and engagement with hospice services during the last six months of life.

TX hospice indicted for $60M fraud, overmedicating

March 1, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Sixteen people are mired in a $60 million scheme to rip off Medicare for false hospice services, including giving Schedule II controlled pain medication to patients who didn’t need them.

Pharmacy school to offer palliative care certificate

February 28, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

The University of Iowa College of Pharmacy added curriculum on palliative care to train pharmacy students for end-of-life care, a rising need and visible void in the workforce.

The POLST conversation

February 20, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Respecting end-of-life wishes is the ultimate goal in a person-centered care environment. So, how can caregivers help residents have "the conversation" and understand their choices?

Trump’s SCOTUS pick and 'death with dignity' legislation

February 1, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Federal appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch is a well-known expert and author on the legal and ethical facets of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. If confirmed, will he kill the discussion on death with dignity?

The MOLST important document: End-of-life wishes

December 11, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

One NY state CCRC community takes end-of-life wishes so seriously it has made the MOLST form part of its electronic health records—the first LTC site in NY state to do so.


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