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The Great Hospice Balancing Act: Costs, Staffing & Services

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Because of the demanding nature of the hospice industry, clinical administrators, hospice directors, and after-hours coordinators often struggle to find ways to provide quality care while keeping a tight rein on staffing costs. Quality care is the number one priority … more


Rejuvenating, Refreshing Tips to Combat Compassion Fatigue

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Compassion fatigue is a real threat to the health of your hospice staff and the efficient functioning of your hospice. Stress and burnout are precursors to a greater problem, and if not dealt with soon and often, they can turn … more


The Key to Preventing Your Hospice Patient’s Trip to the ER

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) scrutiny of hospice care continues. Spending, discharge trends, emergency room (ER) visits, and the frequency of skilled visits that hospice patients received in the last days of their care are the focus of … more


5 Tips for Finding the Best Hospice Telephone Triage

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Busy hospice providers need reliable after-hours care that doesn’t put extra demands on already overworked staff. That care also has to fit seamlessly with your operational protocols so there is no disruption to the quality or continuity of care given … more


The #1 Myth About Hospice Telephone Triage

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After-hours telephone triage has become an important resource for hospices facing staffing shortages or who are concerned about nursing staff burnout. But there are a lot of myths out there about the role of after-hours telephone triage, particularly as it … more


5 Essential Telephone Triage Services To Improve After-Hours Hospice Care

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Hospice administrators might think it’s cost efficient to hire a traditional answering service to take messages and/or transfer incoming calls to the on-call hospice staff, but there are hidden costs to their limited services. When shopping for an after-hours telephone … more


How To Avoid Hospice Survey Deficiencies

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The surveys established as a result of the IMPACT Act are coming and before your hospice can pass with flying colors, it will help hospice administrators to know where others have failed. Key to understanding the pitfalls is the Centers … more


Comparing Hospice Telephone Triage Providers

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Nursing turnover is one of the greatest challenges in the hospice industry today. To bridge the gap, hospice providers look to telephone triage companies to take calls when the office is closed: weeknights, weekends and holidays. A telephone triage service … more


Hospice in Other Countries and Cultures

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October 10, 2015 was World Hospice and Palliative Care Day celebrating and supporting hospice and palliative care delivered all around the world. Understanding the different cultural perspectives on death and dying can give hospice care providers valuable insight into their … more


3 No-Cost Ways to Keep Home Health Staff Happy

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With all the financial pressures faced by the hospice industry these days, it’s refreshing to hear news that doesn’t have a large price tag attached to it. The high turnover rate for home health workers is a big problem, but … more


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