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DNH orders could significantly reduce ER visits: JAMDA study

June 8, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

If "Do Not Hospitalize" orders were as common as "Do Not Resuscitate" orders, SNFs could see far fewer ER visits/hospital transfers while respecting end-of-life wishes.

Suncoast Hospice awarded for community outreach

May 31, 2017  |  Empath Health

The Florida hospice provider created programs to embrace the vibrant cultural and ethnic diversity of the Clearwater/St. Petersburg region.

End-stage dementia and unnecessary drugs

May 30, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

While senior care has progressed in avoiding unnecessary medications, many patients with advanced dementia are still receiving at least one drug of questionable benefit, especially in the last month of life.

Closing the gap on end-of-life care wishes

May 16, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

When it comes to the last stage of life, there’s a big difference between what people say they want and what they do about it, notes a new Massachusetts survey.

Case study: Improving hospice care coordination through HIE

May 5, 2017  |  Nancy Fennell

New Hampshire’s Concord Regional VNA and Genesis Healthcare combine efforts to harness IT and make health information exchange a two-way street.

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.


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