NHPCO Updater: Royalties from New Book by Judith Fox to Benefit Hospice

On September 3, a new book was released by the award-winning photographer and author, Judith Fox. One Foot Forward: Stories and Faces of Widows and Widowers explores the poignant stories and portraits of 20 widowed women and men who have grieved and persevered in the face of losing their spouses to sudden death and chronic illness.

via NHPCO Updater: Royalties from New Book by Judith Fox to Benefit Hospice.

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OIG Recommends More Hospice Surveys — blog.weatherbee.net

The OIG continues to recommend that CMS increase the frequency of hospice recertification surveys.  On August 29, 2013 the OIG published a new hospice report  (OEI-06-13-00130) entitled the Frequency of Medicare Certification Surveys is Unimproved.

via OIG Recommends More Hospice Surveys — blog.weatherbee.net.

Thoughts at 39,000 feet | hairforhospices

I am writing this as I return from a UN-based meeting in the USA following up on the meeting at which I was invited to talk about the first Hair for Hospices in 2012.  Many remembered my presentation and had participated last year and plan to do so again this year.  However, I was very touched by a small number of colleagues who spoke to me privately to tell me of serious and terminal illness that had been diagnosed in their family members since last year.

via Thoughts at 39,000 feet | hairforhospices.

Sleep Disturbance, Chronic Stress, and Depression in Hospice Nurses: Testing the Feasibility of an Intervention – Oncology Nursing Forum – Volume 40, Number 5 / September 2013 – Oncology Nursing Society

Additional longitudinal study is needed to investigate the effectiveness of CBT-I interventions to improve self-care among hospice nurses who are at high risk for compassion fatigue and, subsequently, leaving hospice care.

via Sleep Disturbance, Chronic Stress, and Depression in Hospice Nurses: Testing the Feasibility of an Intervention – Oncology Nursing Forum – Volume 40, Number 5 / September 2013 – Oncology Nursing Society.

Why hospice is special to me

My friends envy the extended visits I have with patients where I learn about their family and friends and, by doing so, also learn about their goals and fears. The time I am permitted to invest in my patients allows me to find out who the person is and then work to match the medicine to their needs.

via Why hospice is special to me.

Requirements for Hospices Contracting with Long Term Care Facilities — blog.weatherbee.net

Question:  What was August 26, 2013?

 

Answer:  The deadline for compliance with new CMS regulations pertaining to the provision of hospice care in contracted Long Term Care (LTC) facilities.

via Requirements for Hospices Contracting with Long Term Care Facilities — blog.weatherbee.net.

Federal Register | Medicare Program; FY 2014 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update; Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements; and Updates on Payment Reform

This final rule updates the hospice payment rates and the wage index for fiscal year (FY) 2014, and continues the phase out of the wage index budget neutrality adjustment factor (BNAF).

via Federal Register | Medicare Program; FY 2014 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update; Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements; and Updates on Payment Reform.

A Hospice Nurse’s Experience of Assisted Suicide | GeriPal – Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog

Things just seem “different” when someone “prematurely” dies. Regardless of my own feelings about what is right or wrong, moral or ethical, with what many people refer to as “physician assisted death”; Death with Dignity (DWD) is a legal course of action in the state of Washington and Oregon. This means a person who is known to be terminally ill, attested to by two physicians and meeting all the criteria, can receive a prescription which they must be able to take on their own to end their life, at their chosen time and in their chosen way.

via A Hospice Nurse’s Experience of Assisted Suicide | GeriPal – Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog.

Hospice Doctor Helps Families Navigate The End Of Life : NPR

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

Dr. David Casarett is the director of hospice care at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He works with families as they try to navigate end-of-life decisions.

via Hospice Doctor Helps Families Navigate The End Of Life : NPR.