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Hospices are expected to deliver superior service even as demand ramps up and staffing shortages become a reality. During these unexpected times, Interdisciplinary Groups (IDGs) — also called Interdisciplinary Teams (IDTs) — help offer a way to improve compassionate hospice care delivery and increase patient satisfaction. But what is an interdisciplinary team? What elements are critical […]Read More
Compassion is the central tenant of effective hospice care. Research backs up this concept: Analysis of compassionate care efforts found they increased both patient and caregiver satisfaction, improved safety, and reduced total costs.1 This compassion is critical when it comes to creating connections with hospice patient families. Uncertain about the process and unsure of next […]Read More
As 2021 came to a close, it’s worth taking a look at some of the top hospice industry trends last year and what they meant for providers. Let’s get started. 1) Changing Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) Frameworks On January 1st, 2021, CMS began testing the Hospice Benefit Component of the Value-Based Design (VBID) model.1 According to […]Read More
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) now recommends that everyone 18 and older get a COVID-19 booster shot as soon as possible to help boost overall protection and reduce the risk of an omicron-fueled wave during the winter months.1 But what does this guidance mean for hospice providers and staff? Here’s what facilities can […]Read More
Net Health® Optima Hospice Helps Modernize Patient Data and Care for Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County
The Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County (VHOCC) has been providing end-of-life care – at no cost – to patients for decades. Nestled on the Washington state peninsula, the hospice serves a census of about 120 patients with a handful of administrative staff members and almost a dozen nurses. In past years, Astrid Raffinpeyloz, Volunteer Services […]Read More
When someone is nearing the end of their life, hospice care is an option that can provide them comfort and care during their final days. Family members can then begin to look at different types of hospice care that is available for their loved one. As categorized by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), […]Read More
Social media platforms offer massive connective potential — recent estimates put the number of social users worldwide at more than 3.6 billion.1 For family members dealing with the progression of a terminally ill loved one, these networks often come with the promise of comfort, especially as pandemic pressures limit the availability of in-person connections. But […]Read More
The loss of a loved one is hard enough, but many families find themselves overwhelmed when it comes to facing end-of-life legal matters. From a healthcare power of attorney to taking care of post-death financial matters, the complexity of these legal tasks can compound a person’s grief. Grieving family members often struggle to find the best […]Read More
End-of-life care is vital for providing comfort to clients and their families during what is often perceived as a time filled with various emotions. When someone is navigating an end-of-life experience, they can sometimes face overwhelming decisions and challenges before them. In turn, death doulas can help navigate them through their spiritual and emotional needs. […]Read More
The loss of a loved one can be one of the most devastating events a person experiences. According to the Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory, the death of a spouse tops the list of stressful events, while the loss of a close family member is number five.1 It’s no surprise, then, that the period immediately after a […]Read More