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IMPACT Act Passes U.S. House and Senate

September 22, 2014

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act). The act requires more frequent surveys of hospice providers. The bill mandates that all Medicare-certified hospices be surveyed at least as frequently as every three years for at least the next 10 years.

This legislation includes several hospice integrity provisions that are backed by the hospice community. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization supports this legislation and applauds the additional oversight it will bring to end-of-life care providers.

“Hospice of the Western Reserve supports all regulatory oversight because it helps us better care for our patients and families,” said Rebecca Patrick, Director of Quality for the nonprofit agency. “It has been our standard practice to submit to routine inspections by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, which are administered by the Ohio Department of Health every two years. We also voluntarily participate in surveys and inspections by the Joint Commission every three years. Hospice of the Western Reserve is happy to share our quality statistics. Click here for more information.”

Click here to read the press release from National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

IMPACT Act Passes U.S. House and Senate

September 19, 2014

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act). The act requires more frequent surveys of hospice providers. The bill mandates that all Medicare-certified hospices be surveyed at least as frequently as every three years for at least the next 10 years.

This legislation includes several hospice integrity provisions that are backed by the hospice community. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization supports this legislation and applauds the additional oversight it will bring to end-of-life care providers.

“Hospice of the Western Reserve supports all regulatory oversight because it helps us better care for our patients and families,” said Rebecca Patrick, Director of Quality for the nonprofit agency. “It has been our standard practice to submit to routine inspections by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, which are administered by the Ohio Department of Health every two years. We also voluntarily participate in surveys and inspections by the Joint Commission every three years. Hospice of the Western Reserve is happy to share our quality statistics. Click here for more information.”

Click here to read the press release from National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Hospice Heroes Application

September 16, 2014

Please submit your application by email to bmurphy@hospicewr.org. Questions? Contact Bridget Murphy at 216-383-3715.

 

Be a hero. Be a Hospice Hero

Hospice Heroes Fundraising Application

Contact Information

Name of group/organization planning event:

Name of individual(s) in charge of event:                                                                                                     

­­Mailing address:

City:                                                        State:                                                      Zip:

Email:

Cell phone:

Event information

Name of event:                                                                                    Event location:

Date/Time of event:

Event is:   Open to the public                  Invitation only                 Ticket price:                          Table price:

Is this the first time for the event:   Yes           No         Will this be an annual event:  Yes             No

Describe your event, i.e. raffle, auction, outing

 
   

 

 

Volunteer information

Would you like a Hospice of the Western Reserve rep to speak at your event?    Yes                No

Will you require any Hospice of the Western Reserve volunteers?   Yes               No

If “yes,” how many?                               (Please contact Bridget Murphy by email or phone at 216-383-3715.)

Promotional information

Please use our downloadable Hospice of the Western Reserve logo, located here.

Will you require collateral, i.e. fliers, brochures, digital banner:   Yes            No                  How many?

How will you promote your event? Fliers               Social Media             Press Release          Faith based/community

organizations            other 

Would you like us to create an event page on our website for your promotion?  Yes             No         

Do you need help creating a Facebook or Twitter account for your event?  Yes              No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Job Opening: Volunteer Service Manager

September 11, 2014

 

VOLUNTEER SERVICE MANAGER
Location: Cleveland, OH

Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, oversee, coordinate and supervise the activities of volunteers in both patient care and non-patient care settings. Provide volunteer support and serve as liaison to volunteers, team members and facility staff.

Requirements: Graduation from an accredited college or university with major coursework in social work, public administration or a related field, and some experience in volunteer management, training or in community relations; Some knowledge of adult learning principles and program evaluation techniques and methods, preferably related to volunteer and/or social-service delivery programs; Ability to establish and maintain effective relations with others.

Email resume and/or application to recruitment@hospicewr.org or fax to 216.298.0388.

Volunteer Opportunities

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About Hospice of the Western Reserve

Hospice of the Western Reserve provides palliative end-of-life care, caregiver support, and bereavement services throughout Northern Ohio.  In celebration of the individual worth of each life, we strive to relieve suffering, enhance comfort, promote quality of life, foster choice in end-of-life care and support effective grieving.

Job Opening: Intake Assistant

September 11, 2014

 

INTAKE ASSISTANT
Location: Cleveland, OH

Receive and inquire about referrals. Collect data pertaining to patient’s diagnosis and prognosis, history, family supports, insurance and treatment/service needs. Confirm appropriateness of referrals for Hospice care after conferring with Intake Coordinator. Ensure each referral is reviewed by RN with physician for diagnosis, prognosis confirmation, Admissions Orders, signature of death certificate, and if Medicare age, explanation of benefit.

Requirements: Medical Assistant preferred; High school graduate or equivalent; One to two years experience in medical office or health care agency preferred.

Email resume and/or application to recruitment@hospicewr.org or fax to 216.298.0388.

Volunteer Opportunities

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About Hospice of the Western Reserve

Hospice of the Western Reserve provides palliative end-of-life care, caregiver support, and bereavement services throughout Northern Ohio.  In celebration of the individual worth of each life, we strive to relieve suffering, enhance comfort, promote quality of life, foster choice in end-of-life care and support effective grieving.

Job Opening: Advanced Practice Nurse

September 11, 2014

 

ADVANCED PRACTICE NURSE
Location: Cleveland, OH

Facilitate Hospice of the Western Reserve’s efforts to relieve suffering, enhance comfort, promote quality of life and foster choice in end of life care for all patients and families.  The practice is based on competent clinical knowledge and focuses on clinical practice, education, collaboration, consultation and research related to end of life care.

Requirements: Maintain a current Registered Nurse license in state of Ohio; Maintain a current Certificate of Authority in state of Ohio; Master of Nursing Degree; Minimum of two years in clinical setting.

Email resume and/or application to recruitment@hospicewr.org or fax to 216.298.0388.

Volunteer Opportunities

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About Hospice of the Western Reserve

Hospice of the Western Reserve provides palliative end-of-life care, caregiver support, and bereavement services throughout Northern Ohio.  In celebration of the individual worth of each life, we strive to relieve suffering, enhance comfort, promote quality of life, foster choice in end-of-life care and support effective grieving.

Explaining Suicide to Children

September 10, 2014

In light of Robin Williams’ recent death, this post is about suicide – specifically explaining the suicide of a loved one to a child. Suicide is a difficult topic to speak about.  It’s hard for adults to understand and difficult to explain to children. Children can cope better with difficult topics and feelings when they are able to talk openly about them.

Here are some common feelings children experience after a suicide:

  • Abandonment
  • That the death is their fault
  • Afraid they will die too
  • Worried  someone else they love will die
  • Guilt, sadness, embarrassment
  • Confusion, shock, anger, loneliness, or numbness.

Beginning the conversation could be the most difficult part, but once you start you are on your way. Here are some tips to help you:

  • Find a place where you can talk quietly without interruption.
  • Include another adult to increase your comfort level.
  • Tell the truth.
  • Talk in a calm, straight forward manner and use age-appropriate language.
  • Begin by  saying, Johnny, sit down, I have something I need to tell you. If there is more than one child, you can tell them together but in a way that the youngest can understand. The older ones can ask more questions later.
  • Recognize that very young children (three and under) don’t understand the permanence of death. You can say, Daddy has      died and I am sad. I will take care of you.
  • Offer more information to children ages three to six. You can say, Daddy has died and I am very sad.  That’s why you’ve seen me crying. Dead means the person can’t eat, talk or hear. The body has stopped working and cannot be fixed.
  • Provide reassurance. If the child asks how Daddy died, you can say Daddy died by suicide which means he killed himself. The rest of the conversation will depend on the child’s response. That may be plenty of information for the moment.

 Older children will have more direct questions. Here are some possible answers: 

  • He had an illness called depression. It’s different from having a bad day.
  • I don’t know – I wish I knew.
  • He didn’t know how to get help or see any other way to stop the pain.
  • Suicide is complicated. We’ll never know exactly what went through his mind or what he was feeling, but he must have been in horrible pain.

It’s important to remember that the way depression impacts our lives varies greatly from normal reactions of sadness to extreme and persistent sadness that limits our day-to-day routines.

Extreme and persistent sadness is called clinical depression. In most cases, clinical depression is successfully treated by medical treatment and psychotherapy. Even so, a small number of people die as a result of depression. Make sure to reinforce that suicide is not a solution. Instead, there are always other choices to solve problems and access support.

Children need to know that the person who died loved them and they need to be assured over and over that they did not cause the death. Keep in mind that children are intermittent grievers. Be prepared to talk about the suicide several times. You may have this conversation multiple times over the days, weeks and years that follow. You may have it in small doses throughout the child’s development. Their need for information will transform over time. 

Please know that you do not have to grieve alone. Consider individual counseling and/or support groups. They can be very helpful for you and your child. Be kind to yourself and available to your child. 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Please visit our on-line grief discussions groups at http://www.hospicewr.org/discussions/grief/.

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This article can also be seen on ShareWIK.

Job Opening: Health Information Integrity Coordinator

September 9, 2014

 

HEALTH INFORMATION INTEGRITY COORDINATOR
Location: Cleveland, OH

Promote quality care for patients and accurate reporting of quality data to regulatory agencies by working collaboratively with Quality, Computer Education, Education, and Compliance as an educator, Electronic Health Records consultant and auditor.

Requirements: Licensed Practical Nurse or State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) in State of Ohio preferred; Medical terminology required; High School diploma, or equivalent, required; Minimum one year health care experience required; Hospice experience preferred; Minimum one year in use of electronic health record preferred; Experience working in quality management/improvement in healthcare industry preferred; Experience in conducting and coordinating qualitative medical record audits preferred.

Email resume and/or application to recruitment@hospicewr.org or fax to 216.298.0388.

Volunteer Opportunities

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About Hospice of the Western Reserve

Hospice of the Western Reserve provides palliative end-of-life care, caregiver support, and bereavement services throughout Northern Ohio.  In celebration of the individual worth of each life, we strive to relieve suffering, enhance comfort, promote quality of life, foster choice in end-of-life care and support effective grieving.

End of Life Series: From Curative to Comfort

September 4, 2014

Dr.-McKinley-with-June-300x225As part of the End-of-Life Series 2014, The Hospice Institute is presenting “Transitioning from Curative to Comfort: Supporting Patients and Families Through the Cancer Journey in honor of Elizabeth McKinley, MD of Friday, October 10 at the Benjamin Rose Institute On Aging.

McKinley, founding dean of the Emily Blackwell Society at the School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, died November 9, following a long and courageous battle with cancer. 

The panel discussion will explain how to transition patients from curative to comfort care. Presenters are Charles Nock, MD, Attending Physician, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center; Petique Oeflein, RN, NP-C, ACHPN, Education Team; and Hospice of the Western Reserve

Click here to registerContinental breakfast and continuing education credits included. Deadline to register is October 6. 

Schedule:

  • 7:30-8:00 a.m. | Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. | Welcome
  • 8:30 -10:00 a.m. | Panel Discussion –  Objective: Explain How to Transition Patients from Curative to Comfort Care
  • 10:00 -10:30 a.m. | Break
  • 10:30-Noon | Panel Discussion – Objective: Identify the Use of Complementary Therapies to Support those on the Cancer Journey

Presenters: Mary Fisher-Bornstein, LISW-S, Program Staff, The Gathering Place; Beth Roth, PT, MA, MS, RD/LD, Program Staff, The Gathering Place; Kristina Austin, MS Ed., LSW, Chief Marketing Officer, Clinical Staff Member, The Gathering Place

Who Should Attend: Nurses, Social Workers, Case Managers and Physicians

Registration Fee: $45.00 (includes continuing education and continental breakfast). Registration deadline is Monday, October 6 (no refunds after this date).

Benjamin Rose Institute On Aging is located at 11890 Fairhill Road, Cleveland, OH.

Free “Voices for Hospice” Luncheon with WKYC’s Danielle Wiggins

August 27, 2014

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Hospice of the Western Reserve’s African American Outreach Committee is hosting a free community luncheon event entitled, “Voices for Hospice: Who cares? We do! Putting the Pieces Together,” on Saturday, Oct. 11, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Embassy Suites in Independence. 

The 2014 “Voices for Hospice” will feature real-life stories about hospice care.  The event commemorates World Hospice and Palliative Care Day.  Register here. 

Mistress of ceremonies is Danielle Wiggins of WKYC-TV Channel 3. A panel of hospice team members including a spiritual care coordinator, an art therapist and a pediatric social worker will talk about their specialties and share real-life stories about how their work provides comfort, hope and dignity to patients and their families. The luncheon is free, but registration is required.

Registration is available online at hospicewr.org/voices or by calling 216.486.6645.

Attendees will also enjoy a fabulous display of handcrafted art courtesy of the African American Quilt and Doll Guild. A variety of nonprofit community organizations will provide educational exhibits and complimentary health care screenings.

“This luncheon provides a great opportunity for church groups, social organizations, families and friends to learn more about the hospice philosophy in a relaxed setting,” said LaBena Fleming, Provider Relations Manager and co-chair of this year’s event.

“Hospice empowers people to direct their wishes so they can live the final phase of life the way they choose,” she added. “By the end of the program, I think the audience will be quite surprised about what they thought they knew — and by what they didn’t know — about hospice.”  

Embassy Suites is located at 5800 Rockside Road in Independence.