Uninsured more likely to stop cancer treatment, survey finds | Hospice helps author cope with mother's death | Military children can receive curative care concurrently with hospice
August 13, 2019
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Uninsured more likely to stop cancer treatment, survey finds
A survey of 1,000 patients in the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network found 54% had stopped or refused treatment, and among the uninsured, 98% had. Dr. Jennifer Spencer, a study author, said larger studies of financial toxicity that use national samples are needed to better understand the issue.
Ozy (8/11) 
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Hospice & Palliative Care
Hospice helps author cope with mother's death
Speaker, writer and cancer survivor Barbara Tako says the most significant takeaway after her mother's death was "choose the best hospice care you can find." Record the special moments and learn how to work with hospice care providers to offer end-of-life support, she says, while remembering that the people around you are also learning to cope.
Cure Today (8/10) 
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Military children can receive curative care concurrently with hospice
Tricare has issued a policy change allowing military dependents under 21 to receive concurrent curative care with hospice care. The policy change was included in the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.
Military online (8/6) 
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Social media etiquette needed for grief and loss
After the death of her mother, Carla Sofka, writer and professor of social work, was surprised to find that the funeral home had posted her mother's obituary on its website without asking her permission. Digital technologies have changed the etiquette of grief, and experts give eight tips about death and social media to help give some basic rules of "netiquette".
Next Avenue (8/8) 
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Hospice may avoid audits with accurate, timely, and comprehensive documentation
Hospices can expect increased scrutiny of their operations after recent HHS reports, with longer length of stays, recertification and live discharges as flags that could trigger audits. A process for self-audits, obtaining appropriate signatures and staff education can help, and documentation should be accurate, timely and comprehensive.
Hospice News (8/7) 
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Study looks at lay health navigators for palliative care
Lay navigators used in a clinical trial involving Latinos with cancer helped with advanced planning and physical symptoms but had no effect on hospice use or quality of life, according to a study in JAMA Oncology. Lay navigators can assist health care professionals in addressing barriers to care that can involve culture or even logistics.
GeriPal blog (8/6) 
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Cancer survivors in high-deductible plans often forgo care
The American Cancer Society reported that cancer survivors enrolled in high-deductible health care plans were more likely to forgo or delay care compared with those in low-deductible plans.
Specialty Pharmacy Times (8/9) 
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Nursing & Professional Development
Hospital CEO uses a team focus to tackle burnout
Burnout affects physicians, nurses and health care leaders, and the industry must measure work-related fatigue and create an environment of support and care for team members, writes Tampa General Hospital CEO John Couris. "Focusing on the care of your team (as well as yourself) is not only the right and most compassionate thing to do, it also makes strong business sense," Couris writes.
Becker's Hospital Review (8/7) 
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Policy and Trends
Tech tools help hospital staff provide patient, family updates
Companies are developing technology tools, such as apps, that allow hospital staff to provide family members updates on patients, including those in surgery or the NICU. There are privacy issues related to using the technology and concern that it may overtax nursing staff, but the tools also may improve patient and family satisfaction.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/6) 
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AI, machine learning predict life-threatening conditions
The University of Michigan's health system has 34 artificial intelligence and machine learning research projects underway, and most are multidisciplinary efforts, says Michigan Medicine Chief Information Officer Andrew Rosenberg. Projects include analyzing EHR and electrocardiography data to predict acute hemodynamic instability and using machine learning to predict hospital patients' risk of Clostridium difficile infection.
Health Data Management (free registration) (8/12) 
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Early bird deadline coming soon for the Clinical Practice Forum
Early bird rates end Aug. 31 for this year’s Clinical Practice Forum, presented by the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, Sept. 19-21 in Pittsburgh. Over 21 CE credits are available to attendees. Follow the link for detailed speaker information and to register now.
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Learn more about the RN Clinical Orientation Program
Created for registered nurses new to the hospice and palliative nursing specialty, the RN Clinical Orientation Program is training specifically created for experienced nurses entering into hospice and palliative care. A companion textbook is included, and discount opportunities are available to employers and agencies. Visit our website to learn more.
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