E-book Shows Home Health Opportunities for Palliative and Hospice Care

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Karen Utterback By Karen Utterback 
Former Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy, McKesson (Retired)
E-book Shows Opportunities for Palliative and Hospice Care

According to the Social Security Administration, one out of every four 65-year-olds will live past age 90, and one in 10 will live past age 95.

As Americans live longer, however, more people are beset by multiple chronic conditions and memory impairment diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. Many patients want to die at home, but often wind up in the hospital against their wishes. Spending figures from 2011 indicate that 28% of all Medicare funds were spent during patients’ last six months of life.

The notion of treating seriously ill and dying patients with respect has brought new attention to palliative and hospice care. It also creates opportunities for home care agencies that are explored in our latest e-book, “Provide Care to More Hospice Patients.”

Compiled from relevant McKesson Homecare Talk blog posts, the e-book is designed to help clinical directors, administrators and financial executives better understand the business and regulatory climate so they can take advantage of emerging opportunities.

“Provide Care to More Hospice Patients” is divided into three sections:

  • Support Compassionate Care. For hospice workers, initiating frank discussions about death is in the job description. Caregivers, and many physicians, have difficulty, but perceptions are changing for the better.
  • Maintain Regulatory Compliance. Increased usage of hospice and palliative care services has brought heightened scrutiny to the industry. Agencies need to stay on top of changing regulations to survive and compete.
  • Enhance Business Efficiency. New care models and pilots are being developed to help patients manage severe chronic conditions with palliative care. Agencies that want to participate in such trials must demonstrate the quality they bring to patient care.

I hope that “Provide Care to More Hospice Patients” will provide the insight you need to manage your hospice agency now and for the years ahead.

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