Final Rule in Regulatory Challenges—How are You Affected?

Larry Beresford A dense, 49-page government document with a mouthful of a title, “Medicare Program; FY 2014 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update; Hospice Quality Reporting Requirements; and Updates on Payment Reform” was published in the Federal Register on August 7—with huge implications for hospices and their medical directors. This Final Rule does much … Read moreFinal Rule in Regulatory Challenges—How are You Affected?

Bridging the Gap in Advanced Illness

Michael Paletta, MD FAAHPM Many of us practicing hospice and palliative medicine have long struggled with the gap between persons coping with advancing illness and persons failing despite aggressive management. Patients seem to cross from the first group to the second quickly, almost without notice. Late referral to hospice is a natural result of this … Read moreBridging the Gap in Advanced Illness

Highlights of the October Issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (JPSM)

Listed below are a few articles from the most recent issue of the journal: High Flow Oxygen and Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure for Persistent Dyspnea in Patients With Advanced Cancer: A Phase II Randomized Trial David Hui, Margarita Morgado, Gary Chisholm, Laura Withers, Quan Nguyen, Clarence Finch, Susan Frisbee-Hume, and Eduardo Bruera A Nationwide Analysis … Read moreHighlights of the October Issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management (JPSM)

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Visionaries: How They Inspire Others

Submitted by Steve Smith, MS CAE, AAHPM CEO/Executive Director Physicians, nurses, researchers, advocates and even a past president of the United States were voted the top 30 Visionaries in Hospice and Palliative Medicine, as the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) celebrates 25 years of serving the profession. In commemorating its founding, the … Read moreHospice and Palliative Medicine Visionaries: How They Inspire Others