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CEO Sandra Stimson shares the “Nursing Home Palliative Care Toolkit”

Sandra (Siegel) Stimson, Founder and CEO of the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners, recently shared on LinkedIn the “Nursing Home Palliative Care Toolkit”. “[It] is a great resource from the Nursing Home Palliative Care Collaborative of Rhode Island and…

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Diane Meier MD reviews how palliative care contributes quality care to nursing homes

(McKnight) June 5, 2017 by Diane Meier,M.D. Nursing homes are under mounting pressure to improve quality of care. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last year introduced new quality measures that hold nursing homes accountable for preventing or reducing…

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CMS makes Hospice QRP Q+A Document for the First Quarter of 2017 Available

Hospice QRP: Q+A Document for the First Quarter of 2017 Now Available A new Question and Answer (Q+A) document is now available in the “Downloads” section of the Hospice Item Set (HIS) webpage. The Q+A document reflects frequently asked HIS…

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Downloaded your Hospice’s 2017 PEPPER report yet?

April 27, 2017 10:41 AM On Monday, April 17, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), via the TMF Health Quality Institute, issued the Q4FY16 release of the Hospice Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER), summarizing…

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Hospice app helps build nurse-patient relationship

UK (Nursing Standard) 26 April 2017 by Matthew Mckew The oldest hospice in England has shown a modern-day sensibility by developing an app for smartphones and tablets. Staff at Royal Trinity Hospice in Clapham, London, have helped create the resource,…

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Catch this? “Five Elements of a Successful QAPI Program”

by Kris Mastrangelo Harmony Healthcare International (HHI) recommends facilities investigate the current strength of the QAA committee to determine how well the team is poised for the transition to QAPI. If the team is meeting only quarterly to meet the…

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Technology offers hospice residents a sense of closure – WKYC-TV

Cleveland, OH (WKYC-TV) January 15, 2017 A local drone company, Drone-werx, has partnered with Western Reserve Hospice, to bring virtual flights to hospice patients and their families. This technology is helping families find closure, through difficult times. WKYC took a…

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Miss this? ICU vs Hospice Care – How can hospitals encourage the best use of the ICU for terminal patients?

An American Hospital Association (AHA) white paper titled “Appropriate Use of Medical Resources” points out that ICU use is on the rise for terminal patients before they ever start receiving hospice/palliative care. The authors are concerned that, “40 percent of…

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