Appropriate  Medications

May 2nd, 2018

Using medications appropriately in hospice is more than simply making sure to follow the prescriber’s directions. Appropriate use of medications means the difference between a good and great quality of life for the patient. It also means the difference between a happy boss and a boss with a scowl ... read more


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


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