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 […]

Compassus, Bon Secours Mercy Health Finalize Hospice, Home Health JV

Compassus and Bon Secours Mercy Health (BSMH) have finalized an agreement to form a home health and hospice joint venture. Through the JV, Compassus will operate 10 home health agencies and 11 hospice locations previously managed by BSMH. These agencies are serving patients in Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina and Virginia. BSMH is maintaining […]

Evolving Medical Licensing Laws Could Affect Hospice Workforce, Diversity Challenges

A rash of states are restructuring their medical licensing requirements to allow more trained clinicians from other countries to find employment in the United States. The trend is an aim to address prolific workforce shortages, including in hospice, but could also have impacts on improving diversity, equity and inclusion. Some states have restructured medical licensing […]

How Death Doulas Can Help Hospices Improve Health Equity

End-of-life doulas can help hospices’ efforts to improve health equity in hard to reach settings while also improving quality in the last days of life. The quantity and quality of patient visits during the last days of life is an important quality measure for hospice providers. Having doulas at the bedside during the last days […]