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Optima Healthcare Solutions Acquires Hospicesoft, Expands Post-Acute Footprint

Transaction unites providers of cloud-based home health and hospice software with reputations for outstanding customer support Palm City, Florida and Salem, Utah (HospiceTimes.com) May 22, 2017 Optima Healthcare Solutions, a leading provider of cloud-based software for post-acute care providers, announced…

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CAPC publishes HOW WE WORK: Trends and Insights in Hospital Palliative Care

The [How We Work] report highlights opportunities for improvement in hospital palliative care. While palliative care service penetration has increased, many people in need remain underserved. Despite increases in staffing levels, many programs are still not adequately staffed to meet…

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Hospice Action Network calls on Hospice advocates about 3 bills in Congress

Washington, DC (Hospice Action Network) May 10, 2017 by Lauren Drew You may have heard that there is A LOT going on in Washington, DC right now, so we need our Advocates to do two important things: Please complete our…

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Home Health Employment Expanding Rapidly

Washington, DC (NAHC) May 11, 2017 07:44 AM The number of employees in home health care services grew over 115 percent between 2000 and 2016, according to a recent report from Deloitte, one of America’s biggest accounting firms. About 728,800…

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Palliative Podcast: Experience At the Bedside DOES Matter

As an end of life practitioner, having experience underneath you really does matter. We all must start somewhere yes. Get a group of hospice professionals together as we share stories of our beginning days and you will hear the funniest…

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State regulators suspend license of former medical director of Hospice of Spokane

Spokane, WA (Spokesman-Review) May 9, 2017 by Kip Hill The state has suspended the medical license of Pierre J. Soffe, the onetime medical director of Hospice of Spokane, citing noncompliance with a treatment program for alcohol abuse. Chris Bugbee, a…

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Linda Rock Receives Galen Miller Leadership Award

Alexandria, VA (NHPCO) May 5, 2017 For her professional leadership in the field and his dedication to advancing hospice and palliative care, Linda Rock was awarded the Galen Miller Leadership Award at the opening plenary of National Hospice and Palliative…

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NHPCO’s thoughts on FY2018 Hospice Wage Index

Alexandria, VA (NHPCO Updater) May 4, 2017 Overall, the Notice of Proposed Rule Making is both encouraging and discouraging for providers in the U.S. hospice community. NHPCO is pleased that CMS is recognizing the regulatory and administrative burdens facing the…

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Renowned Horror Film Director Turns Lens on World Of Hospice

by Dean Loftis If you’ve heard of Friday the 13th or Jason Voorhees, you know director Sean Cunningham’s work. But fans expecting his usual over-the-top thrills and chills might be a bit surprised by his new documentary that brings the…

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NAHC reports: Language Barriers Can Hurt Home Health Patients

Washington, DC (NAHC.org) May 8, 2017 The study, An Exploratory Analysis of Patient-Provider Language-Concordant Home Health Care Visit Patterns, found that language problems put some patients at higher risk for negative health events, as well as 30-day re-admissions, and longer…

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