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Feb 4, 2019, 4:47 PM
On December 7, 2018, the 77th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Four Seasons was privileged to honor U.S. Army National Guard veteran Sammy D. Bruce of Hendersonville with a special pinning ceremony. Mr. Bruce is the 400th veteran hospice patient to be recognized since Four Seasons began partnership in the We Honor Veterans program in 2014.
Jan 23, 2019, 10:38 AM
Hospice leaders are, for the most part, encouraged by the move to explore a Medicare Advantage (MA) carve-in for hospice through an expanded demonstration. But several questions remain, they caution, with the bulk of them focusing on whether the hospice benefit could somehow be diluted or lessened.
Jan 18, 2019, 4:53 PM
NPHI, made up of not-for-profit, community-based hospice and palliative care programs from across the country, applauds the thoughtful approach and leadership of the Innovation Center team, to recognize that consideration of a MA carve-in should take place in a voluntary, demonstration environment where lessons learned can be carefully considered before any steps are taken toward a permanent change.
Nov 20, 2018, 3:46 PM
The United States will experience significant growth of the population older than age 65 in the coming decades, which will contribute to an increase in the number of people living with chronic and serious illnesses in the community. Field experts, policy makers, and health care leaders have identified the lack of an adequately prepared workforce as a critical barrier to delivering high-quality, community-based care for this population.
Nov 16, 2018, 4:15 PM
The Teleios Collaborative Network, through its member organization Four Seasons, has received a $900,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to fund its mission to preserve, strengthen, and support not-for-profit community hospice and palliative care organizations in the Carolinas.
Oct 3, 2018, 10:58 AM
NPHI met with CMS Administrator Seema Verma about the issues related to ongoing audits that are leading to claims being routinely denied based on an overly simplified conclusion that the documentation fails to show continuous “terminal decline”, as clinically defined by the MAC, ZPIC, and other contract reviewers rather than as clinically defined by and certified by the clinical judgment of the certifying physicians.
Sep 12, 2018, 1:32 PM
CLEVELAND — It is 7:30 on a summer morning in a room overlooking the slate-gray, lapping waters of Lake Erie. Ten or so people, some just arriving at work, some finishing a night shift, sit silently on benches and in armchairs below stained-glass windows. A plump golden retriever named Linus, a therapy dog, wanders from one person to another, gratefully accepting their caresses.
Aug 21, 2018, 6:16 PM
Joe Doak devoted the final years of his own life to the final days of others. The retired electrical engineer didn't want patients at the HopeWest hospice in Grand Junction to die alone. So he became a vigil volunteer. Doak would sit with people, hold their hands, talk to them, pray with them.
Aug 3, 2018, 12:30 PM
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Palliative Care and Hospice Education Training Act (PCHETA) (H.R. 1676). This act moves to enhance and expand advanced illness care through strengthening provider training and public outreach programs.
Jul 27, 2018, 1:20 PM
There is growing concern over hospice worker fatigue as the number of hospice patients rose by 167 percent between 2000 and 2016. This article considers how hospice workers, often with the help of their employer, cope with the stress and hardships of their jobs.