Transitions LifeCare Advances Symptom Simulation Training in Hospice

Hospices nationwide are exploring training programs using simulations of dementia systems; Raleigh, N.C.-based hospice provider Transitions LifeCare is taking their program to the next level to simulate the multiple co-morbidities that their patients often experience.  Dementia simulators often involve goggles that demonstrate the effects of cataracts and macular degeneration, headsets buzzing with background noise and […]

Highpoint Health, Ivy Tech Collaborate on Hospice Nursing Course

Lawrenceburg, Ind.-based Highpoint Health system’s Home Health and Hospice Department has developed a for-credit course on hospice care for nursing students, in collaboration with Ivy Tech Community College, as part of the college’s Nursing Complex Medical Surgical curriculum. Most clinicians do not receive training in hospice or palliative care during their degree programs, in fact […]

Collaboration, Community Outreach Promote Hospice Growth

Collaboration with referral partners and community outreach have proven essential to hospice marketing efforts. As demand for hospice care grows, hospice providers in an increasingly competitive marketplace are working to bring a larger share of those patients under their wings. In addition to traditional methods such as territory management and improving call volume, many are […]

Hospice Physician B.J. Miller: ‘Life is Not a Fight Against Death’

Hospice and palliative care physician Bruce (B.J.) Miller has made it his mission to help people “live well in the face of death.” A hospice and palliative care physician at the University of California Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and former executive director of the Zen Hospice Project, Miller speaks nationally about end-of-life care, […]

C-TAC Launches Initiative to Improve Advanced Illness Care

The Washington-based Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC) is leading a new initiative to measure the quality of advanced illness care state-by-state and develop strategies for improvement. The first phase of the project will soon begin in Arizona in a project financed by the David and Lura Lovell Foundation.  The Arizona program will use data […]

Covenant Care Opens New Inpatient Hospice Unit

Pensacola, Fla.-based hospice and home health provider Covenant Care, a nonprofit, has opened a new inpatient Center for Hospice Care at West Florida Hospital, also in Pensacola. The hospital contracts Covenant to provide hospice care to their patients suffering from terminal illness. The hospice moved its operations to the new 7,1000-square-foot space from a previous […]

Intermountain’s COPD Risk Scores Help Identify Patients Who Need Hospice

Clinicians at Salt Lake City-based health system Intermountain Healthcare have developed risk scores for patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that can help health care providers identify which patients need hospice care versus curative treatments. While other risk stratification models to predict mortality exist, this is the first that allows for identification of […]

Bluegrass Care Navigators Launches New Pediatric Palliative Care Service

Lexington, Ky.-based hospice provider Bluegrass Care Navigators has unveiled a new community-based pediatric palliative care program called Bright Path, offering specialized medical care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults suffering from serious illness.  Physicians, nurse practitioners, nurse coordinators, nurses, clinical social workers, and chaplains comprise the multidisciplinary team providing care through Bright Path. A […]

Experts Share Strategies to Reduce Hospice Medication Costs

Medications are a top expense for hospice providers, who are dependent on capitated per diem payments from Medicare. Hospices can’t increase the amount of their income per patient, so they must rely on creating efficiencies and effective cost management to raise their margins. In addition to medications themselves, hospices spend time, effort and money on […]

Report: 60% of Patients Needing Palliative Care Do Not Receive It

Close to 60% of patients who would benefit from palliative care do not receive those services, despite the availability of community-based palliative care as well as hospital-based palliative care, according to a new report from the New England Journal of Medicine Catalyst Insights Council.  NEJM Catalyst is a think tank composed of health care executives, […]