My father died a little over a year ago. While I usually derive tremendous comfort and support by sharing both happy and sad milestones with friends, family, and colleagues, in this instance, sharing the...
Lessons on living and dying, courtesy of the Carters
Jun 06, 2023
In the twilight of their lives, we are reminded that the Carters are a normal couple facing the very basic challenges typical of advanced age. Both are grappling with how to live out their days and where...
Hospice aide visits fell sharply in 2020, nursing home study finds
Apr 04, 2023
More than half of long-stay nursing home residents enrolled in hospice did not receive any visits from hospice aides from April through December 2020, researchers report.
Study gives for-profit hospices failing grade in patient care
Feb 28, 2023
Patients receiving hospice care from for-profit providers report substantially worse care experiences than those who receive care from nonprofit hospice agencies, according to a Rand Corporation study.
Patients with dementia receive less home health, hospice at end of life
Feb 08, 2023
It is relatively difficult to identify when patients with dementia are within six months of death, a requirement to receive end-of-life hospice care, researchers report.
NJ firm encouraged nursing home staff to make bogus hospice referrals: lawsuit
Jan 05, 2023
A New Jersey company pressured nursing home staff to refer ineligible patients to hospice care, exaggerating their conditions and defrauding the government in the process, a federal whistleblower lawsuit...
Bright light on hospice sector uncomfortable for all
James M. Berklan
Nov 29, 2022
When my boys are home, they’re more liable to take a share of the heat or earn the blame if something goes wrong. I imagine that must be what nursing home operators are feeling this week.
Clinical briefs for Monday, Oct. 31
Oct 31, 2022
In-house hospice unit bucks long-standing SNF underuse … CDC: 20% of U.S. seniors have received bivalent COVID booster shot … Alzheimer’s drug hopeful lecanemab may have contributed to patient’s...
In-house hospice unit bucks long-standing SNF underuse
Oct 27, 2022
While many nursing home patients who would qualify for hospice care never get it, a Pennsylvania provider is shoring up its efforts around end-of-life care with a new 16-bed hospice unit.
Use of common hospice drugs varies widely by state, highlighting limited guidance
Aug 16, 2022
Antipsychotics prescribing rates, for example, ranged from 62% for hospice beneficiaries in Oregon to 15% in Oklahoma, investigators say. Five states topped the prescriptions list.