Hospices Engage Virtual Reality in Staff Training

An increasing number of hospice providers are incorporating virtual reality (VR) technology into their staff training. Hospice of Southern Maine is one of those organizations. In 2018, they were approached by Embodied Labs, one of the leading vendors of this technology in the health care space. The idea was to collaborate on a new VR […]

Hospices Engage with Death Doulas to Support Patients

Doulas have long been present at one of life’s most important milestones: the birth of a baby. Now, some are trained to provide support during individuals’ final moments as End-of-Life Doulas (EOLD). As the number of EOLDs grows, hospices are increasingly coordinating their efforts with providers of these services and in some cases are training […]

Hospices Leverage Community Resources to Address Social Determinants

A rising number of hospices are building community partnerships to accommodate patients’ nonmedical needs, allowing them to continue receiving care in the home. These partnerships support quality patient care and position hospices to capitalize on the growing recognition among payers that addressing social determinants of health can reduce health care costs and improve patient satisfaction. […]

Congress Authorizes Hospices to Dispose of Opioids

A federal law recently approved by Congress gives hospice nurses and licensed independent practitioners authorization to dispose of unused opioid medications at the site of care following a patient’s death. The Substance Use–Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities (SUPPORT) Act is part of the federal government’s strategy to stem […]

Hospices Adapt to Support Patients Without Family Caregivers

Cultural changes to family dynamics and demographics may require hospices to adjust their care and business models to care for patients who have no family support. Since its inception, hospice has been centered on both the patient and family, not only through providing services to the family but also relying on them as an essential […]