March/April 2022 Issue – Today’s Geriatric Medicine

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Our very own, Dr. John Mulder, bylined an article, “The Last Word: Palliative Care”,  for Today’s Geriatric Medicine.  In the article, he discusses the misconceptions about the work of palliative care specialists and how they are able to provide management of complex symptoms and side effects—physical, emotional, social, and spiritual—that make chronic and terminal illnesses difficult to […]

5 Questions To Ask Your AI Supplier About Racial Bias

Understanding bias in AI, and using a platform that addresses it proactively, are vital to your patients’ care. “Technology Can’t Fix Algorithmic Injustice.” “Ethical Considerations In The Use Of AI Mortality Predictions In The Care Of People With Serious Illness.” These are just two of the news stories published in recent months about the issue […]

What Your Hospice Needs From Predictive Analytics

Most platforms have similar features, but look for those that stand apart. Artificial intelligence is causing quite the buzz in the hospice and palliative care spaces thanks to its ability to turn real patient data into actionable items for providers. These tools can help prognosticate more accurately, enable objective examination of a patient’s status, and […]

Expanding the Role of Primary Care for Seriously Ill Patients

How Primary Care First and the SIP model re-center family physicians in advanced illness care As 2021 approaches, hospices and other organizations participating in Primary Care First are gearing up to tackle their new patient loads. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Primary Care First (PCF) program, which will start enrolling patients in 2021, […]

Quality in community-based palliative care programs

How one expert says it should be measured, practiced, and improved Quality care is vital to any medical organization’s success and, of course, the health and outcomes of their patients. But most physicians don’t receive any formal training on quality during their schooling or residency, which means most learning on the topic happens on the […]

Problems Facing Payers Right Now, And How To Combat Them

Bridging the gap between payer/provider groups, and hospices/SIP providers Prior to COVID-19, payers were already experiencing a number of stressors: meeting quality metrics, maximizing patient and provider satisfaction, minimizing acute care utilization, and more. Now, amidst a global pandemic, that list has only gotten longer.

Burnout in end-of-life care

When it comes to burnout, are we blaming the victim? In research by Dr. Arif Kamal, Chief Medical Officer of Acclivity Health, palliative care physician shortages are predicted to send patient-to-provider ratios skyrocketing in the coming decade —1:808, to be exact. The reasoning? Dr. Kamal and his team found that one-third of palliative care clinicians […]

Hospice Providers Embrace Predictive Monitoring to Identify Prospective Patients

Hospice providers have increasingly adopted predictive analytic systems to identify patients in need of their services further upstream in their disease trajectory, as well as to demonstrate their value to payers and referral partners, including Medicare Advantage plans. The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin allowing hospices to participate in Medicare Advantage […]

After COVID-19, will hospices still use telemedicine?

The pandemic forced providers into online care. Will they stay logged in once they can see patients in person? The coronavirus pandemic has changed nearly every facet of how hospice care is delivered during this time. But when it comes to hospices adopting telehealth in response to the virus, many are wondering if care delivery […]

Choosing the Right Primary Care First Model for Your Hospice

Change is coming for hospices in 2021 as the industry starts to shift towards value-based payment models, including the Primary Care First initiative. As the implementation dates for these programs approach, hospices need to identify the value proposition and revenue potential for each of the models that will fall under the auspices of that program.