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Hospice Unattainable for Some Families Without Caregiver Support

The nation’s health care system is lacking in support for caregivers of the terminally ill, who are often left with a heavy financial and logistical burden. Without assistance or relief, these difficulties can impede access to hospice. Research has shown that patients who are faced with end-of-life decisions may be less likely to choose hospice unless…

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Psychedelics Today to offer yearlong certificate course on psychedelic therapy

Psychedelics Today, an education company, will soon be launching an in-depth, 12-month training focused on psychedelic therapy and integration. “In the current marketplace, there’s actually a gap,” the company’s director of operations and strategic growth, David Drapkin, told Fierce Healthcare. Demand for psychedelic therapy is thriving, but the field remains available primarily only to clinicians.…

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14 California Suspects Arrested for $4.2 Million Hospice Fraud

Law enforcement agencies in California have arrested 14 people for their involvement in a $4.2 million hospice fraud scheme. The individuals had been associated with two San Bernardino County-based providers — New Hope Hospice, Inc. and Sterling Hospice Care, Inc. California Attorney General Rob Bonta alleges that these defendants had enrolled patients who were not…

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Doctors expect virtual primary care to surpass in-person visits in 5 years: survey

COVID-19 vaccines have been available to the public for more than a year, and doctors are struggling to keep empathizing with their unvaccinated patients. In a study released by Wheel of 400 doctors and nurse practitioners, half of clinicians said they’ve grappled with “empathy fatigue” in treating patients who are eligible but refuse to get…

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Hospices Seek Expanded Telehealth Post-Pandemic as Regulatory Uncertainties Linger

Integration of telehealth has become an important component in serious illness and end-of-life care. Providers leveraged telehealth to build efficiency and increase touch points with patients and families, while also reducing travel and leg work for staff. But as pandemic restrictions start to wind down, regulatory uncertainties and questions abound about the long-term impact of…

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Florida Man Gets 3 Years’ Probation in HME Fraud Case

BOSTON (February 18, 2022)—A Florida man was sentenced for his role in a multi-million-dollar Medicare fraud scheme involving durable medical equipment (DME). Nathan LaParl, 34, of Boca Raton, Florida, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Senior Judge George A. O’Toole, Jr. to three years of probation, the first year to be served subject to a…

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Your healthcare organization is crippled by ransomware. Should you pay the attackers?

Cyberattacks have ramped up in recent years, and there’s now a strong chance that any given health organization will, at some point, be hit with ransomware. Should the effort succeed, organizations will find themselves with an unenviable, and sometimes controversial, decision: Should they give in to the ransomer’s demands and pay to regain access to…

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How Home Care Providers Are Widening the Talent Pool with ‘Non-Traditional’ Caregivers

Throughout home care’s ongoing staffing shortage, agencies have deployed a number of tactics to recruit caregivers. Some have even begun looking outside of the home care talent pool altogether. And with good reason. Roughly 599,800 openings for home health and personal care aides are projected on average each year, over the next decade, according to…

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The deadline for submitting the CY 2023 APU exemption request is 11:59 PM Eastern Time Thursday, March 31, 2022

This is a reminder to all Medicare-certified home health agencies (HHAs) seeking an exemption from participating in the HHCAHPS Survey for the CY 2023 APU to submit a Participation Exemption Request (PER) form on the HHCAHPS website. The deadline for submitting the CY 2023 APU exemption request is 11:59 PM Eastern Time Thursday, March 31,…

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Study: U.S. Ranks 43rd in End-of-Life Care Quality

The United States ranks 43rd in end-of-life care quality among 81 countries according to a recent study in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Worldwide, much improvement is needed in the realm of caring for terminally ill patients, researchers found. For the purposes of this study, researchers defined “end-of-life care” as any health care…

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