Agencies Wanted for On Call RN Triage Pilot

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NurseLine is seeking hospice agencies in the Central Time Zone to participate in a free, no obligation pilot of our on call RN triage service.   Staffing on call is costly and difficult to manage. NurseLine’s RNs triage night, weekend and holiday patient and family caregiver telephone calls, contacting the appropriate on call member of [...]

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Hospice CAHPS : Get Ready!

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Hospice CAHPS is here. If you have cared for more 50 or more decedents you will need to make a “dry run” before April 1st. Results from this dry run will not be published but demonstrates you have transmission capacities. Be ready to participate in the H-CAHPS process, it’s MANDATORY! Thanks to my friends at [...]

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A Hospice Story

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Rural San Diego County, California is about as close to heaven as I can imagine. I drove long distances between my patient’s homes on mountain roads lined with all sorts of flowering bushes and trees. It was sunny and 70 almost year round. I was driving through a lemon grove on the top of a [...]

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It’s a new year! Have you scheduled your annual agency requirements?

Yep it’s a brand New Year! Thought I’d post a reminder about your Medicare/CHAP requirements 1. Obviously, you’ve made arrangements for your Medicare Cost report 2. Have you made arrangements for an “external financial review”? CHAP standards CIII.3 requires that an accountant review the books of the agency and document that the agency followed Generally [...]

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Hospice Certification: For the Whole Team

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I just took and passed my 4th recertification exam to maintain my hospice and palliative care nurse certification—whew! I was so disappointed in the first exam because I had all my med conversions and symptom management best practices down cold. I don’t think there was one question about opiate conversion on that test. This one [...]

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The Hospice OASIS is HERE; Otherwise called Hospice Item Set of HIS

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Now at least it’s only a few pages long (OASIS is about 18) but we have to submit this quality data within 30 days of admission and 30 days of discharge.  Do you know how? Please contact me at carolandersonRN@gmail.com  and let me know if your hospice software is submitting this data for you!!!! I [...]

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21st Century Healthcare Consultants present their new Hospice Start Up Package

I am excited to report that I’ve joined forces with 21st Century Healthcare Consultants in developing a comprehensive Hospice Start Up Program. I’ve long been impressed with their work in the home health industry and when the company started discussing the addition of  hospice to their line of offerings, if they could just find the right person [...]

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Changes in Hospice; New Demands in Data; Get Expert Assistance

2014 is bringing many changes to the hospice industry. Outcome reporting is looking a lot like OASIS reporting and software selection is going to prove crucial in managing those changes. I am so pleased to announce that I am returning to CHAP and consulting after a year in the “real world”. I have learned so [...]

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Hospice Resources I find myself repeating!

I’ve been doing a lot of hospice surveys lately and find myself repeating the same recommendations so thought it worthy of a post. First of all, for anybody in hospice that needs to learn more about the “business” end of things check out the Tough Training offered by Multivew, Inc at www.multiviewinc.com. I notice that [...]

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