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  • Health care reform bills: Side by side

    While the details of health care reform, and the outcome of debates and votes, were uncertain at press time, a review of the two health care reform bills under debate do point out two areas that home health and hospice agencies can look ahead to implement.
  • Joint Commission hosts H1N1 forum

    The Joint Commission H1N1 forum, a web-based discussion forum, is designed to allow health care organizations to exchange information about the pandemic, innovative solutions, and suggestions that can help other organizations manage patient care during the H1N1 pandemic more effectively.
  • Are you taking advantage of nursing home opportunities?

    Of the 1.4 million Americans receiving hospice care, 319,200 reside in nursing homes.
  • Written agreements set clear delineation of duties

    One of the challenges to providing hospice care in a nursing home is identifying all of the regulations that govern each organization and, in some cases, might conflict with each other.
  • Legal developments from bioethics conference

    At the most recent annual conference of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, advanced care directives, access to investigational drugs, and parental nonconsent to medical treatment were considered some of the top legal developments in bioethics in 2009.
  • Free legal guide available for end-of-life decisions

    The Legal Guide for the Seriously Ill, a project by the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Law and Aging commissioned by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), is designed for the seriously ill individual and those caring for someone who is seriously ill.
  • Spiritual support improves well-being at end of life

    In a new study of terminally ill cancer patients, researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston found support of patients' spiritual needs by the medical team is associated with greater use of hospice, less aggressive care, and greater quality of life near death.
  • Montana is third state to allow aid in dying

    "This case was about the right of mentally competent, terminally ill patients to request a prescription for medication from their doctors which they can ingest to bring about a peaceful death," said Kathryn Tucker, co-counsel to the plaintiffs/respondents and legal director of Compassion & Choices, a nonprofit organization that advocates for improved care and expanded choice at the end of life.
  • New hospice manual for volunteers released

    More than 550,000 individuals give more than 2.5 million hours of service as trained hospice volunteers each year, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).
  • Internet conferences target accreditation

    Time and budget pressures can sometimes make attending conferences difficult, so Joint Commission Resources (JCR) now offers conferences and seminars via live video streaming as well as on demand over the Internet.