Heart Failure & Hospice

Russ Krengel Diseases, 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 …

What is the “End Well Project”?

Russ Krengel Hospice

Kindful Hospice, Palliative Care and Virtual Care is committed to “Transforming the CARE of Serious Illness” which goes beyond just doing the “minimum” of hospice (which is a great first step) and exploring how we can do more.  Although no one can keep end of life from happening, what we are charged with doing is how to help our patients …

How to Know it’s time for Hospice

Russ Krengel Checklists, 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 …