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Kathy Brandt, a hospice expert who invited the world into her own last days with cancer, dies

Kathy Brandt, a hospice industry leader who turned her own terminal cancer diagnosis into a public conversation about choices at the end of life, died Aug. 4. She was 54.

August 6, 2019
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A Shortage of End-of-Life Doctors Is Coming

A declining number of physicians specialized in palliative care looms and won’t recover for 25 years without major U.S. health policy changes, new research in the June issue of Health Affairs shows.

June 27, 2019
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Education
Where should a child die?

Hospice homes help families with the unimaginable

June 27, 2019
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Education
A Parent's Grief is Permanent

Contemplating another year of missing my daughter

June 27, 2019
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Education
Three Magical Phrases to Comfort a Dying Person

We will all face painful moments sitting next to dying people. What can we say?

June 27, 2019
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News
Announcement of rural health model

Governor's office launches program to help fund rural hospitals in Pennsylvania

June 27, 2019
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Education
Eli Lilly to offer half-price insulin for people with type 1 diabetes

Drug maker Eli Lilly and Co announced plans on Monday to sell a half-price version of its popular insulin injection Humalog, as it fends off criticism about rising drug prices in the United States

June 27, 2019
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Education
How to prepare yourself for a good end of life

This article about preparing for death was written by Katy Butler, former reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle.

June 27, 2019
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Grant
Scranton Area Community Foundation Grant

Hospice of the Sacred Heart receives grant from Scranton Area Community Foundation

June 27, 2019
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Education
Visiting Angels

Representatives of Visiting Angels held an in-service for Hospice of the Sacred Heart social workers.

June 27, 2019
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Education
2018 Medicare Hospice Rates Increase, Regulatory Burdens Lessened

Not only did this year’s payment update rule include a 1.8% rate increase for 2019 Medicare hospice payments, centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) continued its work to reduce regulatory burdens on Medicare providers at the urging of advocacy groups like Pennsylvania Homecare Association (PHA).

June 27, 2019
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Education
POLST Legislation Gains Support, Poised for Passage in 2019-20

The Pennsylvania Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) is a tool for translating patients’ goals for treatment into medical orders at the end of life. However, legislation is needed to empower healthcare providers such as EMTs to recognize and honor a patient’s POLST when life-sustaining care is needed. Without “codifying” POLST in this way, the patient risks having his or her final wishes disregarded by caregivers or physicians, or changed at the last minute by concerned family members.

June 27, 2019
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Education
Legislation Permits Agencies to Dispose of Medications

Pennsylvania Homecare Association-Authored Legislation Permits Agencies to Dispose of Medications

June 27, 2019
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News
Maine voters reject Universal Home Care Program

Maine voters rejected higher state taxes that would have provided free long term home care and social services to those 65 and older, and to younger, disabled people.

June 27, 2019
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Hospice of the Sacred Heart Receives Grant

Hospice of the Sacred Heart received a $2,500 grant for 2019 Camp Healing heARTs

June 27, 2019
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Events
Annual Thanksgiving Program

2019 will mark the 13th annual Thanksgviing program at Hospice of the Sacred Heart

June 27, 2019
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