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November 1, 2010

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  • Outreach efforts pay off for award-winning hospice

    Working outside the box to provide services that don't always fit the definition of home health or hospice is a trademark of Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care in Kansas City, MO. The hospice's innovative approach to meeting community needs is one of the reasons it was one of three program honored with a 2010 American Hospital Association Circle of Life Award.
  • Technology helps hospices meet QAPI requirements

    Twenty-one months after quality assessment and performance improvement (QAPI) requirements became part of the Hospice Conditions of Participation, quality improvement managers are reporting that the transition has gone smoothly when electronic medical records (EMRs) and staff education are integrated.
  • Choose technology for ease of use, versatility

    When the leadership team at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Hunt Valley, MD, decided to have all field clinicians document their visits electronically, several types of technology were evaluated.
  • Veterans have unique needs at EOL

    It's not unusual for soldiers who have returned from war never to discuss the war with their families or friends, which creates an aura of mystery or a sense that their loved ones somehow cannot fully understand them now that they have returned to civilian life.
  • MDs perspective on EOL spiritual care

    In addressing spiritual care for their patients at the end of life, physicians often face the challenge of how to mesh the spiritual concerns with objective science, which is a challenge that sometimes results in a "significant disconnect" with patients, said Rabbi Barry M. Kinzbrunner, MD.
  • How to partner with your faith community

    Jeanne S. Twohig, MPA, senior advisor, Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life, unabashedly asserted that there is a crisis in our country as to the quality of the vision for our health care futures.
  • For caregiver, death at home is less trauma

    Cancer patients who die in the hospital or an intensive care unit (ICU) have worse quality of life at the end-of-life, compared to patients who die at home with hospice services, and their caregivers are at higher risk for developing psychiatric illnesses during bereavement, according to a study by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
  • Palliative Care Act is law in New York

    A bill recently signed into law in New York state will require a patient's health care provider to provide information and counseling to that patient on palliative care, prognosis, and end-of-life options, once the patient is diagnosed with a terminal illness.