Monthly Archives: September 2015

Should I Tell?

Question: What are the pros and cons of telling someone how long they have to live? My mother’s oncologist told her she would be dead in six months if she didn’t have chemotherapy. I suggested she not have chemotherapy for…

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Carolinas Center’s 39th Hospice & Palliative Care Conference Hosted… a Chicken Shoot?!

If you attended the Carolinas Center’s 39th Annual Hospice & Palliative Care Conference this week, you may have wondered, “How in the world did this ‘chicken shoot’ thing at the Hospicesoft booth get started?” (We’re sure you’ve been wondering, because…

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Antiques Roadshow Appraiser to Grace a Two Acre VNA Benefit Rummage Sale

Two acres of merchandise and 26 departments are waiting for bargain shoppers and garage sale fans at the VNA Rummage Sale, which will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 2, 3 and 4 at the Far Hills Fairgrounds,…

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Ideas For A New Hospice Nurse

QUESTION: As a new hospice RN, I would like to thank you for your contribution to hospice. Your booklet “Gone From My Sight” was so touching to read and gives my patient’s families so much comfort. I am sure you…

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The Old Days

Barbara Karnes, RN

  Someone recently asked me what hospice was like in the “old days”. I felt a feeling similar to the one I had when my grandson asked me if there were cars when I was a kid. In the “old…

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Are You ICD-10 Ready?

The daily demands of a hospice allows precious little time for training. And yet, as of the October 1st compliance date, our billing departments need to be fluent in 68,000 new codes. More often than not, providers are finding it difficult…

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