• Healthcare Headlines - November 2016 in Review

    By Kindred Healthcare

    HCH Monthly

    ICD-10 One Year Later: The Terror is Over, the Rewards Yet to Materialize

    It's been a year since the big lift of converting the entire claim stream for the healthcare industry to the larger and more granular ICD-10 family of diagnostic and procedural codes. Read More   

    Hospitals Add Nearly 7,000 Jobs in September

    Employment at the nation's hospitals rose by 0.1% in September to a seasonally adjusted 5,110,200 people, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Read More  

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  • Hospice Medical Director Manual 3rd Edition Released

    By Maggie Cunningham

    For physicians practicing or anticipating involvement as hospice medical directors, the Hospice Medical Director Manual (HMDM) is the go-to reference. Recently the third edition was released. Not only does it have twice the content of the previous edition, it also has a Kindred touch.

    Two Kindred at Home physician leaders contributed to the new edition: Lyla Correoso-Thomas, MD, Kindred at Home Southeast Region National Medical Director is co-editor, and John Manfredonia, DO, Kindred at Home West Region National Medical Director, is also a contributor.

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  • Healthcare Headlines -September 2016 in Review

    By Kindred Healthcare

    HCH Monthly

    Hospice Care Improves Patient Experience

    A new study adds to evidence that hospice care during the last six months of life is associated with better overall experiences for patients and a lower likelihood of dying in a hospital. Read More   

    Study Finds Benefits When Seniors Call Shots to Help Them

    A federally funded project that researchers say has potential to promote aging in place began by asking low-income seniors with disabilities how their lives at home could be better, according to a study released Wednesday. Read More  

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  • Healthcare Headlines - August 2016 in Review

    By Kindred Healthcare

    HCH Monthly

    With Room Service and More, Hospitals Borrow From Hotels

    At the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital outside Detroit, patients arrive to uniformed valets and professional greeters. Read More   

    Remote Heart Monitoring Can Help Detect Emergencies

    Instead of having heart monitors with noisy alarms near patients' beds in the hospital, it might be better to have off-site technicians do the heart monitoring remotely, a recent study suggests. Read More  

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  • Determination and Hope: Josephine's Story

    By Jennifer Brink

    Josephine is originally from the East Coast. She and her husband moved to California where they raised their son, who gave them two grandchildren to share their love. Josephine was a very successful registered nurse and became the director over a large nursing agency covering Los Angeles and Orange County. 

    Prior to being admitted to Kindred Hospital Brea, Josephine lived in an assisted living facility with her husband.  Sadly, her husband passed but Josephine still lovingly refers to him as being her “biggest supporter”. 

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  • Hospice Care and What Makes a Good Death

    By Maggie Cunningham

     Provider Magazine recently held a Twitter Chat with healthcare professionals. Using  #providerchats as a conversation tag and labeling different topic codes (ex T1) to organize the flow of commentary, Provider Magazine was able to organize an hour of forward-thinking and thought provoking conversation.   The topics included in this session ranged from the attributes of ‘dying well’ to living wills and preparing for death.

    The first topic of conversation put into question whether or not people can actually die well, and if so what those attributes would look like. Provider Magazine noted that a large influence of end-of-life (EOL) decisions is culture. Joe Rotella, AAHPM Chief Medical Officer noted that the attributes of dying well are often times the same as how we live well, "in accordance with what matters most and gives us purpose and meaning."

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  • A retired Green Beret, Norman Johnson, was once a hospice patient in our Mineral Wells, Texas location. He served in the United States Army from age 17 in 1955 until 1975 when he retired at 37. Norman 'Norm' passed away in August of 2013 from cancer. His physician deemed that Norm's diseases were caused by the chemicals, specifically Agent Orange, he was exposed to while in Vietnam.

    After his death, his wife Ann began the journey of trying to have Norm's name added to the 'In Memory'* program. In order for veterans to receive this honor, they must first meet certain criteria. For instance, they may not meet the Department of Defense's criteria to be 'on the wall' but their death must have occurred as an indirect result of the Vietnam War. While Norman didn't die in Vietnam, his passing years later was a direct result of his time served there. Norman didn't lose his life in Vietnam, but his death was ultimately caused by his time and service there.

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  • Kindred and Gentiva Combine to Create the Nation’s Largest Provider of Post-Acute Care and Rehabilitation Services

    Today marks the successful combination of Kindred and Gentiva, ensuring the joint company’s position as the nation’s largest and most geographically diversified provider of Home Health, Hospice and Community Care services.

    The addition of Gentiva’s services to Kindred’s national presence across the post-acute continuum further enables the company to deliver patient-centered, integrated medical and rehabilitative care to patients in the most appropriate setting to meet their needs and facilitate recovery.

    Kindred is now proud to serve more than one million patients per year, as it operates in 47 states in over 2,800 locations, and employs more than 105,000 teammates.

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  • What Can we do About Burnout Among Palliative Care Doctors?

    By Dianne Halderman, AVP, Clinical Operations, Kindred at Home

    Results of a recent study showed that burnout among palliative care physicians – those who focus on pain and symptom relief among patients with various diseases and conditions – is extraordinarily high: over 62 percent. The study, which relied on a survey of over 1,200 hospice and palliative care clinicians, also found that 50 percent of palliative care physicians expect to leave the field in the next 10 years. Severity of the burnout seemed to be affected by younger age, having fewer colleagues and working weekends.

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  • Kindred Contact Center Nurse Advocates Share Their Most Rewarding MomentsThe Kindred Contact Center serves as a resource for patients and caregivers who have questions about post-acute care, Medicare, insurance, or anything else related to the care of a loved one with needs beyond the traditional hospital. Piloted in Cleveland, it has already received calls from across the country from patients and their caregivers, and was launched nationwide on September 1. Read Full Post