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.
Hospice boosts care quality for Medicare beneficiaries with dementia: study
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Jun 07, 2022
LTC residents with dementia greatly benefit from hospice, but that care must be tailored to avoid counterintuitively long stays and disenrollment, investigators say.
Surgeon general rings alarm over healthcare worker burnout
May 26, 2022
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murphy has proposed an action plan to address what he called a crisis of burnout and mental health issues among healthcare providers.
Medicare policy changes tied to drop in hospice use for dementia
May 09, 2022
Immediate and lasting reductions were seen in the share of dementia patients receiving hospice care.
LTC visitor data: Home health, hospice care held steady while family visits plummeted
May 04, 2022
An analysis of sign-ins at 6,000 SNFs and senior living facilities found that third-party care such as home health visits remained consistent during the pandemic, while family visits were curtailed.
Most cancer patients discharged to SNFs don’t receive further treatment or hospice care: study
Mar 31, 2022
Only 9% of Medicare recipients studied received both cancer and hospice care, and ADL improvements were minimal, the study found. The results show that more carefully targeted palliative care transitions...
Seniors’ misconceptions about advanced cancer may reduce use of hospice services: study
Mar 02, 2022
Older adults with advanced cancer often misjudge the time they have left to live. This may increase their chances for unnecessary hospitalization and likelihood to neglect hospice care, investigators say.
A caregiver named Sammy
Jul 02, 2021
It is not an unusual story. A 90-year-old man suddenly is having trouble breathing, his heart is enlarged, and his kidneys are slowing down in their functioning. A care conference is called and the family,...
Black patients less likely to seek hospice care than whites, researchers say
Oct 29, 2020
Black patients seek substantially more intensive medical treatment in the last six months of life than whites, a study shows. The investigators recommend that more healthcare providers are trained to promote...
Hearing may indeed be the last sense to go, hospice study finds
Jul 09, 2020
New evidence suggests that unresponsive patients’ brains react to sound and that they might be able to hear what clinicians and family are saying.