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Hospice of Southwest Ohio merges high tech with high touch

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on Jun 26, 2014 1:06:15 PM

Packing for one last visit with her dying father in Ohio, an Illinois woman gets the call that her father is rapidly declining. It is clear she will not be able to reach him before he passes away at the Patient Care Center at Hospice of Southwest Ohio (HSWO) in Cincinnati.

Then, the HSWO nurse on duty proposes that the daughter log onto her computer to be connected to HSWO’s VGo (pronounced VEE go) robot, virtually bringing her into the room with her father. She converses with her father and is able to say a final goodbye. 

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If you’re waiting for payers to figure out telemedicine, stop

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on Jun 23, 2014 3:21:46 AM

If you think that payers are the ones who will answer all the sticky questions about implementation and reimbursement for telemedicine, you are doomed to disappointment. That was the consensus among several industry leaders at an Industry Council Executive Session yesterday at the ATA’s annual conference in Baltimore. Dr. Joe Peterson, the CEO of Specialists on Call, said that 2013 was the tipping point for telemedicine when the conversation moved from “if” to “when.” Read more.

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Surging use of telemedicine

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on Jun 18, 2014 11:57:05 PM

UPMC is experiencing a growth spurt in telemedicine as the hospital network expands use of the technology to consumers seeking urgent care or consultation with a doctor or nurse. Telemedicine is shaping up to be the next big thing in health care and UPMC is establishing a beachhead in the new model of care, increasing the number of patient visits by 49 percent to 10,000 visits in 2013 when compared to 2012. In addition, UPMC has dramatically reduced unnecessary hospital readmissions through the use of remote monitoring. Read more.

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Hospitals partner with long-term care to reduce readmissions

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on May 13, 2014 3:30:38 PM

The 30-day preventable readmissions penalty instituted by CMS in 2012 might not be very popular with hospitals, but it has been effective in ramping up the focus on how to keep patients from coming back to the emergency room after being discharged. The looming financial repercussions have forced hospitals to look beyond the care their patients receive while admitted, and have fostered more integrated partnerships with long-term care organizations, hospice facilities, and other post-acute care programs to provide more robust patient education, medication adherence, skilled monitoring, and palliative care proven to aid patients after hospitalization without additional inpatient intervention. Read more.

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What is an advance directive?

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on Apr 29, 2014 4:22:29 PM

The reality is that too many of us spend our last days in ways we would never choose. According to a recent poll by the California Health Care Foundation, more than 90 percent of people think it’s important to talk about their wishes for end-of-life care, yet less than 30 percent of people have discussed what they want. Expressing our end-of-life wishes relieves our families and loved ones from the burden of making tough decisions for us.

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A 'code death' for dying patients

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on Apr 25, 2014 4:10:45 PM

Sadly, but with conviction, I recently removed breathing tubes from three patients in intensive care. As an I.C.U. doctor, I am trained to save lives. Yet the reality is that some of my patients are beyond saving. And while I can use the tricks of my trade to keep their bodies going, many will never return to a quality of life that they, or anyone else, would be willing to accept. Read more.

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Hospice care can make death more comfortable

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on Apr 25, 2014 4:09:50 PM

Nobody likes talking about death, but experts say having a conversation is an important part of making sure death is as comfortable as possible. This week on WRVO's health and wellness show "Take Care," hosts Lorraine Rapp and Linda Lowen speak with Amy Tucci, president and CEO of the Hospice Foundation of America. Tucci explains how hospice can help ease suffering for those who are dying and their families. Read more.

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All adults need these three end-of-life documents

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on Apr 25, 2014 4:06:11 PM

Great-aunt Margaret was 95. She had no children and her husband had been dead for decades. Always efficient, she had outlined her requirements at the end of her life to a favorite niece. Read more.

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House calls are making a comeback

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on Apr 25, 2014 4:04:27 PM

A relic from the medical past — the house call — is returning to favor as part of some hospitals’ palliative care programs, which are sending teams of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and other workers to patients’ homes after they are discharged. The goal is two-fold: to provide better treatment and to cut costs. Read more.

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Hospice: More than saying goodbye

By Hospice of Southwest Ohio on Apr 25, 2014 4:01:40 PM

Statistically, the average person who enters hospice care uses its services for about two weeks before death occurs. Darla Wilson, executive director of Hospice and Home Care of Reno County/McPherson, thinks that’s a shame. Read more.

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