After the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) issued a rule in 2014 that prohibited many healthcare providers from handling a patient’s unused medications, hospice providers were powerless to help families safely dispose of dangerous controlled substances when a loved one passed. Hospice staff educated families about safe disposal methods, but were not permitted to help families at a time when drug disposal was the last thing on their minds.
In an effort to help families during this stressful time, PHA worked in collaboration with the State Attorney General’s office to distribute free drug deactivation pouches to hospices across the Commonwealth to help them with safe disposal. But members needed more – a survey showed that 96% of hospices wanted the ability to dispose narcotics.
PHA providers took action to draft and pass into law a bill that now permits nurses to dispose of a patient’s unused prescription medications. Thanks to PHA’s relationships with key legislative leaders like Senator Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne), this bill made the difficult journey from concept to final passage in just under six months. This is a great step forward for helping grieving families do the right thing and helping address Pennsylvania’s opioid addiction crisis.
*Courtesy of Pennsylvania Homecare Association
Hospice Director of Counseling Services participates in panel discussion
The 2022 Hospice of the Sacred Heart Chairman's Award was presented this morning to Lynn O'Mara, RN.
Hospice of the Sacred Heart CEO, Diane Baldi, Director of Inpatient Services, Michael Catalano and Director of Counseling Services, Jennifer Seechock, will appear on Eyewitness News Newsmakers Sunday, February 13th at 7:30 AM on WYOU-TV and Sunday, February 20th at 11:30 AM on WBRE-TV.
Hospice of the Sacred Heart blessed and lit the Christmas Tree at the administrative offices in Moosic Sunday, December 5th.
Hospice of the Sacred Heart lost a board member, a patriot and a dear friend Saturday, January 23rd. Patrick “Patsy” Solano was a member of the original board of directors assembled in 2003 and served faithfully until his passing, under the loving care of Hospice of the Sacred Heart.
Hospice of the Sacred Heart recently received a generous donation of ten UltraComfort America UC556 power lift recliners in Brisa Fresco fabric.
You can take part in #GivingTuesdayNow by supporting the Hospice of the Sacred Heart Memorial Fund on Tuesday, May 5th.
Hospice of the Sacred Heart CEO, Diane Baldi, was the guest on Entercom Radio's "Special Edition" this past weekend.
What Medicare.gov says about Hospice care
For people dealing with loss or sorrow, the holiday season can be a painful time. Here's how to deal.
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On Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 28th, Hospice of the Sacred Heart will deliver meals to patients and their families. This is the 13th year the hospice will provide this service project. Over 500 meals will be prepared by Mansour’s Market Café in Scranton, packaged, and delivered by hospice staff members and volunteers.
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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.
The Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice Project
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.
Hospice homes help families with the unimaginable
Contemplating another year of missing my daughter
We will all face painful moments sitting next to dying people. What can we say?
Governor's office launches program to help fund rural hospitals in Pennsylvania
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
This article about preparing for death was written by Katy Butler, former reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Hospice of the Sacred Heart receives grant from Scranton Area Community Foundation
Representatives of Visiting Angels held an in-service for Hospice of the Sacred Heart social workers.
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).
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.
Pennsylvania Homecare Association-Authored Legislation Permits Agencies to Dispose of Medications
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.
Hospice of the Sacred Heart received a $2,500 grant for 2019 Camp Healing heARTs
AG, SENATOR BAKER AND HOSPICE ORGANIZATIONS APPLAUD ACT 69
2019 will mark the 13th annual Thanksgviing program at Hospice of the Sacred Heart
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