Where Is Palliative Care Now in the “Post-COVID” Landscape?
In the early days of the COVID pandemic, some palliative care and hospice programs found themselves pushed to the sidelines of the national crisis response. Patients “crashed” fast; doors closed to all-but essential facility staff; some patients put off seeking care for preexisting serious conditions and thus failed to get connected with hospice and palliative care.LEARN MORE
Can Palliative Care Be Provided Entirely From Afar?
Palliative care is a humanistic, patient-centric form of healthcare that includes medical, emotional, and other supportive services for people who are confronting the impacts of a serious illness in many areas of their lives. Some have even called it “hand-holding,” although it involves much more than that.LEARN MORE
Medical Cannabis Course Offers Information for Palliative Care Clinicians
As interest and use of cannabis-derived products for treating symptoms of illness grow across the country, hospice and palliative care practitioners are increasingly looking to understand how these products fit into the palliative approach for treating symptoms of serious illness.LEARN MORE
New “Essentials” of Nursing Education Create Opening for Palliative Care
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has just taken a major step toward ensuring that clinical competencies in primary palliative care and end-of-life care are incorporated into nursing teaching curriculums. Learn more.LEARN MORE
Addressing Spiritual Pain Challenges Palliative Clinicians
Efforts to support patients’ spiritual needs can sometimes be overlooked given more immediate symptom management demands. While most clinical education programs don't incorporate spiritual care, all clinicians need awareness of spiritual pain as a vital component of end-of-life care.LEARN MORE
Teaching Primary Palliative Care in a Large Health System
Ensuring all clinicians in any setting caring for patients with serious illness have communication and symptom management skills is a top priority—but requires leadership and training. Several models are available.LEARN MORE
What Does the Hospice Carve-In Demo Mean for Hospices and Their Business Model?
Hospice innovation points to a world where hospice care is a “carve-in” to Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, rather than carved out as a separate benefit provided by Medicare-certified hospices, as it is currently.LEARN MORE
Palliative Pain Management Must Include Mitigation of Opioid Misuse
For hospice and palliative care clinicians, pain management is an essential responsibility in managing the symptoms of serious illnesses. But the unabated tragedy of prescription opioid misuse and overdoses requires close attention. Incorporating mitigating approaches into palliative care training is critical.LEARN MORE
Hospital at Home and Palliative Care: How Should They Work Together?
Interest in the hospital at home concept has gained momentum as health systems, the Veterans Administration, and managed care organizations are testing the approach for treating seriously ill adults in a more familiar and comfortable setting.LEARN MORE
POLST Comes of Age, Moves Toward Greater Standardization
In recent years, Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) has become almost a routine part of the health care system, and it continues to spread and become standardized as more states work to ensure portability, across settings and state lines, through electronic registries.LEARN MORE
Can Policy Help to Expand Advance Care Planning?
As the world re-emerges from the coronavirus pandemic, health care advocates work to remove barriers to advance care planning, expand completions of advance directives, and ensure interoperability for advance directives in electronic health records (EHRs).LEARN MORE
Gender Questions Challenge Hospice and Palliative Professionals to Come Down on the Side of Inclusivity
Hospice and palliative care nurses play an important role in understanding the care needs of LGBT patients, honoring their journey, and promoting awareness and inclusivity within the inter-disciplinary team.LEARN MORE
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