The State of the Hospice Nursing Workforce 

Honing clinical scheduling and onboarding models is key to sustaining the hospice nurse workforce as demand for these clinicians rises and wages lag compared to those in other settings. Future generations of health care clinicians may be woefully unprepared to address both the quantity and and the complexity of emotional, physical and spiritual needs among […]

Data Paramount in Hospice-Payer, Referral Partner Negotiations

As hospice and palliative care providers move further into value-based care, data is becoming paramount to building payer and referral partner relationships. In this climate, hospices that can demonstrate their value — and their ability to financially and operationally weather changes in an evolving reimbursement landscape — will have a leg up on competitors. Key data […]

Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice Rebrands as Andwell Health Partners

Maine-based Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice has rebranded as Andwell Health Partners to better reflect its growing suite of services. The company launched in 1966 as a home health company, later adding hospice, palliative, behavioral health and community care services. “As we continue to grow and evolve, we realized that the name Androscoggin Home Healthcare […]

Beyond the Bedside: A Hospice Nurse Works to Change the Conversation on Death 

Misconceptions about and limited awareness of hospice are among the industry’s largest headwinds, a problem that one hospice nurse in California is working to solve. Julie McFadden entered the nursing profession 16 years ago, starting her career in intensive care units. After about eight years in the ICU, she “took the leap” into hospice nursing […]

End-of-Life Doulas’ Growing Value Proposition in Hospice

Hospices and other health care providers are increasingly recognizing the value proposition of end-of-life doulas. Organizations are taking varied routes to leverage doula’s skills to improve quality. End-of-life doulas support patients and their families in a number of broad and diverse ways, according to Erin Collins, program director of The Peaceful Presence Project. Collins is […]

Nurses’ Union Reaches Labor Agreement with PeaceHealth for Hospice, Home Health Workers

After more than a year of negotiations, the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) labor union has reached an agreement with PeaceHealth. Priorities among the hospice and home nurses include wage increases, raising safety standards, ensuring affordable and accessible home health care delivery, equitable pay protection and addressing clinical staffing crises by increasing recruitment and retention of […]

How Augmented Reality Helped AccentCare Improve Patient, Staff Satisfaction

AccentCare’s augmented reality (AR) hospice program has led to improved patient satisfaction and symptom management, along with benefits for staff. Augmented reality experiences can have spiritual and emotional impacts on terminally ill patients, as well as help alleviate anxiety, isolation. It can also help manage pain and other symptoms, according to Allison Ostashen, senior clinical […]

Keys to Addressing Ethical, Moral Distress in Pediatric Hospice

Hospices may be under-prepared to navigate the complexities in end-of-life decisions among terminally ill children, as the ethical and moral considerations related to patient autonomy are vastly different for pediatric populations compared to adults. Ethical principles of autonomy vary in pediatric populations due to a number of factors, including a child’s age, developmental stage, cognitive […]

Big Bend Hospice, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Launch Transitional Care Partnership

Florida-based Big Bend Hospice and the Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare system are partnering to provide transitional care to seriously and terminally ill patients. The initiative is designed to ensure smooth and effective transitions of care and to prevent patients from slipping through the cracks in a fragmented health care system. The partnership establishes a network of […]