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End-of-life wishes by video

December 6, 2017  |  Judith Graham, KHN

More physicians are warming to the idea of video-recorded advance care wishes. Does your facility offer this ability to residents?

Volunteer hospice offers rural community end-of-life care for 40+ years

November 21, 2017  |  Kaiser Health News

Since 1978, a volunteer hospice has offered end-of-life care for a remote Pacific Northwest city. The unlicensed and unregulated hospice operates on an annual budget of less than $400,000 and cares for 300 people each year.

End-of-life planning—for caregivers

November 17, 2017  |  Kaiser Health News

A new report finds fewer than half of surveyed hospice workers have advance directives. 

Oregon expands electronic POLST for end-of-life care

October 10, 2017  |  KHN

The state's electronic registry keeps people's end-of-life care wishes just a click a way for easy access in any emergency.

CMS launches Hospice Compare site

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

Much like the Nursing Home Compare site for skilled nursing facilities, the new data comparison tool will allow consumers to see quality measures data on hospice and palliative care providers.

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.


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