Heart Failure & Hospice

According to a August 29th, 2018 study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Cardiology, there is compelling evidence that Hospice is an under-utilized benefit.  This evidence includes: Only 5% of Advanced Heart Failure patients were discharged to hospice Of those discharged to hospice, 25% die within 3-days Readmission rates for those discharged to hospice are 1/8th other …

How to Know it’s time for Hospice

Excerpts from Medical Reporter Stacy Burling’s article in Philly.com June 22, 2018 Predicting the time frame for the passing of an individual is difficult.  As such, the standard question used by many clinicians to determine appropriateness for hospice is “Would you be surprised if your loved one died within six months?” The article from Stacy Burling in the Philadelphia Inquirer’s …