Category Archives: Hospice News

Many opportunities are emerging for hospice organizations to extend the reach of home-based services to more patients. In this hospice news section, clinical directors, administrators and financial executives explore the opportunities amid the business and regulatory challenges they face. Discover the latest industry trends and opportunities for hospice organizations, such as ICD-10 training, end-of-life care and more, in the posts below.

Hospice Nurse Brings Comfort, Humanity to Patients

Hospice Nurse Brings Comfort, Humanity to Patients

One of the hallmarks of humanity is learning to turn a weakness into a strength. Beth Honey, admissions nurse at Caris Healthcare, a hospice provider in Knoxville, TN, can personally attest to that. “During my hospice rotation (in nursing school), … Continue Reading

CMS Guidelines from 2017 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule

CMS Guidelines from 2017 Hospice Wage Index Final Rule

Reading into a government-issued rule set might seem an odd activity, but the truth is, we can gain valuable knowledge about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) plans for our industry by looking at the 2017 Hospice Wage … Continue Reading

Kanban: The Visual System That Improves Workflow

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If our brains can process a picture 60,000 times faster than words, why aren’t we all using a visual system to organize our work? The answer is—we should be, and it’s called kanban. A visual system introduced into manufacturing by … Continue Reading

People Are the Most Important Part of IT Security

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The recent distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack that affected the operations of Amazon, Twitter, Netflix and others may not happen to your organization. But make no mistake: cyberthieves are after your organization’s data. You often hear about credit card … Continue Reading

OIG Study Faults GIP Hospice Stays

OIG Watching Hospice General Inpatient Stays

For the second time this year, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has focused on hospice general inpatient (GIP) stays. For most hospice organizations, this report did not shed light on any new gotcha’s. Hospices know the importance of defensible … Continue Reading