Terminal Secretions

Mar 29th, 2018

Sounds made near the time of death as a result of fluid collecting in the throat and/or chest. Not all hospice patients develop terminal secretions; however, it is best to know how to manage them if they do occur.   ... read more

Treating Nausea and Vomiting in Hospice

Feb 2nd, 2018

Nausea may be only the fourth most common symptom/complaint at end of life, but it is one of the most disruptive to both the patient and family members. ... read more

How the New Regulations Change the Way You Care for Your Patients

Jan 2nd, 2018

The LTC MEGA Rule Part II is effective as of November 28, 2017. The overall goal of the new regulations is the safe and effective use of medications. ... read more

Medication Coverage in 2018

Dec 2nd, 2017

The 2018 Wage Index and Payment Rate Update for Hospice includes significant wording differences compared to the current Conditions of Participation. These differences may cause hospice agencies to feel that they now must cover more medications. The Wage Index wording reads: “…hospice t ... read more

Cold, Flu and Pneumonia Season

Nov 1st, 2017

It is that time of year again. The time of year when the cold weather drives everyone inside, where they huddle together with their electronic device of choice. They hack, sneeze, and cough passing the micro-organisms back and forth to one another until things warm up in April or May. There are two ... read more

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