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Death, TV-Style: Correcting Misperceptions in Palliative Care

Posted on 05. May, 2010 by .

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Support group plays a big role in calming a dying patient.

Death is usually neither sudden nor painful — contrary to what many people think, says a palliative care specialist in Canada.

Romayne Gallagher, head of palliative care for Providence…

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Licensure & Accreditation Documentation Hits More Home Health Agencies

Posted on 05. May, 2010 by .

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Get the latest on add-on payments, diabetic supplies and more in this home health industry news round-up.

Home health agencies served by Palmetto GBA were first out of the chute for a new licensure and accreditation check, but Cahaba GBA…

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OASIS C Education: Clearly Indicate Your Patients’ Pain

Posted on 05. May, 2010 by .

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Follow this expert advice to ensure you correctly assess pain.

Just because an item in OASIS C asks about pain doesn’t mean your response should note how much pain your patient experiences. Sometimes, the point is simply whether you’ve asked…

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New Technology Connects Family, Elderly Patients

Posted on 28. Apr, 2010 by .

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1 in 4 chronically-ill older Americans lives alone.

It’s a lonely world out there for sick, aged Americans. About four out of 10 chronically ill older people live alone and rely on others for caregiving. Such findings from a new…

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Palliative Radiotherapy Scores Low on Dying Cancer Patients

Posted on 28. Apr, 2010 by .

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Physicians often overestimate survival.

Palliative radiotherapy can ease pain for last-stage cancer patients, and help them maintain a good life despite their often slow and agonizing battle with the disease. However, most of the patients do not benefit from getting…

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Face-To-Face Physician Requirement Applies To Hospices Only, CMS Clarifies

Posted on 28. Apr, 2010 by .

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Hospices are in for more medical review under health care reform package.

The new health care reform package is throwing a lot of new requirements at home care providers, and the result can sometimes be confusion.

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Sneak a Peek at New 2011 ICD-9 Codes for Home Care

Posted on 28. Apr, 2010 by .

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Welcome new pneumonia, fluencey disorder, and cystostomy complication codes.

It’s that time of year — the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has unveiled the proposed changes to the hospital inpatient prospective payment systems, giving us the first look at…

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Older Cancer Patients Need More Attention

Posted on 21. Apr, 2010 by .

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Nurses play a key role on identifying issues for better treatment and management.

How do we best care for older cancer patients? The National Cancer Institute (NCI) reports in a bulletin that there are very few resources available today to…

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Bone Up on OASIS C To Boost Your Home Health Coding Career

Posted on 21. Apr, 2010 by .

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Combine correct coding with OASIS C accuracy for maximum payoff.

With all the focus on OASIS C process measures and communication requirements, accurate coding can get lost in the shuffle. Now more than ever, it’s important to accurately document all…

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Know What Makes a Pressure Ulcer “Unavoidable”

Posted on 21. Apr, 2010 by .

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New stance shows your ulcer-prevention intent — no matter the final outcome.

Your clinicians are trained to prevent pressure ulcers, but sometimes all their hard work simply isn’t enough — and your agency shouldn’t have to pay the price for…

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