Hospice

Heavy hospice caseloads, delayed unionization hurting care

John Shannon’s growing caseload was causing the social worker in hospice care to rush from patient to patient.

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Bill aims for hospice workers to destroy unused, unneeded opioids

A spokesperson for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, one of the Democrats who pushed for this provision to be included in the overall opioid package that the Senate passed Wednesday, said the idea was sparked by Kaiser Health News’ reporting.

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Some hospice providers neglecting patients, abusing Medicare, according to HHS report

The report calls for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is a key player in the funding of hospice services, to increase its level of scrutiny to improve the detection of these problems.

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Couple donates $2 million for hospice center and SNF

The fundraising for the project was kick-started by a $2 million donation from Pete and Jelaine Horton who retired to Door County after Pete, a farmer, suffered respiratory damage in a farming accident.

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Georgia institute to begin “Dealing with Dementia” training

Caregivers of people with dementia have access to training that makes life a little easier thanks to a new program offered through Big Bend Hospice Inc.

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Ascension expands services throughout Michigan, other states

As Ascension Michigan continues to reorganize its operations and rebrand its 15 hospitals, the Roman Catholic system has fully integrated its home health, infusion and hospice operations into Ascension at Home, a seven-state subsidiary of parent company Ascension Health.

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Exceptions made for hospice with regards to Tennessee’s new opioid measures

Requirements aimed at curbing Tennessee's opioid epidemic are among more than 150 new laws that kicked in Sunday.

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End-of-life wishes by video

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

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

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.

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End-of-life planning—for caregivers

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

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