Celebrating Nurses | Melinda Roach

Premier Hospice & Home Health is celebrating nurses during the month of May! Meet Melinda and learn about her passion for nursing as she explains her “why.”

“I love being a patient care manager at Premier Hospice & Home Health because we have such an amazing team that makes such a difference in the lives of our patients, families and caregivers.”

Celebrating Nurses | Dana Lackner

Premier Hospice & Home Health is celebrating nurses during the month of May! Meet Dana and learn about her passion for nursing as she explains her “why.”

I love being a hospice nurse because caring for those who are most vulnerable is so rewarding. I find my purpose by helping someone else find their meaning in life. That’s what hospice nursing is all about.

 

Celebrating Nurses | Jennifer Raymond

Premier Hospice & Home Health is celebrating nurses during the month of May! Meet Jennifer and learn about her passion for nursing as she explains her “why.”

My Why: There is no greater privilege than being allowed to help a patient and their family through the end of their life on earth. My favorite thing about my job is finding something to smile about at every visit with a patient or family member. They can’t see our smiles right now, but even on the worst day there is always something that can raise their spirits a little more.

Celebrating Nurses | Stephanie Shepherd

Premier Hospice & Home Health is celebrating nurses during the month of May! Meet Stephanie and learn about her passion for nursing as she explains her “why.”

I love being a nurse for many reasons, but mostly because my joy comes from caring for others, and the trust that develops with that relationship. My patients fill my bucket on a daily basis. In return, I help them pass with dignity and comfort. It is a true honor to provide this type of care at such a vulnerable time in someone’s life.

I have been a Nurse with Premier Hospice, Fort Wayne for 2 years. Premier’s mission statement includes words such as support, caring for others, and living life fully and comfortably. Premier does truly stand behind that mission statement and allows their employees to go above and beyond.

There can are really good days, and there can be very hard days, but when you remember why we do what we do.. it’s always worth it.

Celebrating Nurses | Jonathan Haley

Premier Hospice & Home Health is celebrating nurses during the month of May! Meet Jonathan and learn about his passion for nursing as he explains his “why.”

As cliché as it may sound, I’ve always known that I wanted to help people in some way. I became a CAN at a local hospital and had wonderful nurses take me under their wings. This led me into the beautiful profession of nursing.

Hospice stood out to me above all other avenues of nursing. This was mostly due to the simplicity of being a part of such a precious time in a patient’s life – as well as their family’s. Throughout the past year of working for Premier Hospice, I have met some of the most amazing people and have had the privilege of being an intricate part of their lives; no matter how short or how long. My patients have taught me so much about the real values of life and family. Hospice isn’t a profession for everyone, but I am blessed to be a part of something so wonderful.

Celebrating Nurses | Liz Bentley

Premier Hospice & Home Health is celebrating nurses during the month of May! Meet Liz and learn about her passion for nursing as she explains her “why.”

I’ve dreamed of being a nurse since I was a little girl and used to help my grandpa administer his insulin. After six years and four different specialty floors in the hospital, I continued to feel an void that I wanted to fill. I prayed and took a leap into hospice that changed my life forever. The amount of quality and personal time you get to have with the patients and their families is fulfilling and gives me purpose. I am humbled and privileged to serve such wonderful people in my community and look forward to having them teach me life lessons for years to come. They are the true heroes of this story!

Happy Nurses Day!

Today, we recognize our nurses for their hard work, support, and compassion. Because of you, we live in a happier, healthier world. Happy Nurses Day!

Your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed. Now, more than ever, we appreciate you!

COVID-19 & Hospice

Pandemic Relief via legislation, CMS waivers, and enforcement discretion

  • Telehealth
  • Waived requirement to use volunteers
  • Waive non-core services (physical, occupational, and speech pathology) *hospice only
  • Waive on-site visits for hospice aide supervision

Telehealth and Telephonic Visits

  • CMS permits hospices to provide telehealth to a Medicare patient receiving routine home care during the emergency period, if it is feasible and appropriate to do so.
  • Face-to-face encounters for purposed of patient recertification for the Medicare hospice benefit can now be conducted via telehealth (must be 2-way audio-visual)
  • Must be physician-ordered and on the plan of care

In an effort to protect patients, some SNF, LTC, hospice, and other facilities are limiting the number of visits that Abode Healthcare staff may make to patients in their care. Some patients are even requesting fewer in-person visits to reduce their exposure to the outside world.

Abode Healthcare understands and joins in these protection measures by offering telehealth visits. In some cases where access has been limited or is desired, Abode staff are utilizing telehealth on a weekly or bi-weekly basis in order to maintain contact with high-risk patients.

In all cases, telehealth visits are meant to be supplementary to in-person patient visits. Telehealth visits should not replace in-person visits altogether.

Telehealth Tools

Our commitment, as always, is to serve our patients as best we can. Our clinical team has been trained in effective ways to utilize telehealth systems to streamline patient care through our own remote access system using the following tools:

  • Phone: Abode Healthcare staff may conduct remote visits with patients through phone calls.
  • Video: Abode Healthcare staff may conduct remote visits with patients through Doxy.me. (All F2F between NPs or MDs, DOs must be done through a 2-way type of technology. This is for both HH and Hospice)
  • me can be utilized via tablets or phone and has been selected by Abode due to the ease of use for both the clinician and the patient/family/caregiver as well as its ability to capture/validate that the tele visit occurred, and its security features.

Though telehealth is never our first choice, it is the right choice during this time. Abode Healthcare continues to partner with providers to preserve the health and wellbeing of all of our patients.

COVID-19 & Home Health

Pandemic Relief via legislation, CMS waivers, and enforcement discretion

  • Telehealth
  • Waived requirement to use volunteers
  • Face to Face encounters to establish HH services
  • Non-physician practitioners (NNP) certification authority accelerated

Telehealth and Telephonic Visits

  • CMS permits HHAs to provide all necessary telehealth during the emergency period
  • Must be physician-ordered and on the plan of care
  • Does not replace in-person visits (telehealth or telephonic visits are not billable visits)
  • Allows for HHA to supplement in person visits for patients who might refuse more frequent visits or senior living or other congregate living facilities that might be restricting access to HHA personnel.
  • The Home Health Face to Face visit may also be provided by telehealth but must be performed utilizing 2-way audio and visual programs.

In an effort to protect patients, some SNF, LTC, hospice, and other facilities are limiting the number of visits that Abode Healthcare staff may make to patients in their care. Some patients are even requesting fewer in-person visits to reduce their exposure to the outside world.

Abode Healthcare understands and joins in these protection measures by offering telehealth visits. In some cases where access has been limited or is desired, Abode staff are utilizing telehealth on a weekly or bi-weekly basis in order to maintain contact with high-risk patients.

In all cases, telehealth visits are meant to be supplementary to in-person patient visits. Telehealth visits should not replace in-person visits altogether.

Telehealth Tools

Our commitment, as always, is to serve our patients as best we can. Our clinical team has been trained in effective ways to utilize telehealth systems to streamline patient care through our own remote access system using the following tools:

  • Phone: Abode Healthcare staff may conduct remote visits with patients through phone calls.
  • Video: Abode Healthcare staff may conduct remote visits with patients through Doxy.me. (All F2F between NPs or MDs, DOs must be done through a 2-way type of technology. This is for both HH and Hospice)
  • me can be utilized via tablets or phone and has been selected by Abode due to the ease of use for both the clinician and the patient/family/caregiver as well as its ability to capture/validate that the tele visit occurred, and its security features.

Though telehealth is never our first choice, it is the right choice during this time. Abode Healthcare continues to partner with providers to preserve the health and wellbeing of all of our patients.

Though telehealth is never our first choice, it is the right choice during this time. Abode Healthcare continues to partner with providers to preserve the health and wellbeing of all of our patients.

CMS clarification on homebound status for COVID-19 patients and those at high risk of contracting:

Non-Physician Home Health Certification Authority

  • Allows patient to be under the care of an NPP to the extent permitted under state law
  • NPP= Nurse Practitioner (NP, ARNP), Physician Assistant (PA) and Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)
  • Authorities
  • Order Home Health Services
  • Establish and review POC (Plan of Care)
  • Certify and recertify eligibility
  • CMS utilizing discretionary authority not to enforce rules
  • Must also check state HHA licensure for any barriers to implement
  • CARES Act makes this relief permanent, but CMS needs to implement

For more information, contact Jon Wilder.

Our “Why” During COVID-19

Times of uncertainty often bring about reflection on our individual mission and purpose – our “why” in life.  We all have a different “why” that has been formed through our passions and life experiences.  Maybe your mission and purpose in life is teaching and mentoring the youth in your community, or maybe it is working in law enforcement to keep your community safe.  Across the company, we are fortunate to have some of the healthcare industry’s most talented professionals whose “why” also aligns with our mission to provide first-class care to our patients and their families.

While we all adjust to changes in our daily lives, our employees are continuing to fulfill their commitment to our patients.  From conducting music therapy in outdoor nursing home courtyards to providing meals for hospital staff and first responders, the current pandemic has even given us the opportunity to be creative in carrying out our mission.

As stated by Rosie Avila, Community Liaison at our Nurses in Touch location, “our purpose here is not for ourselves; it’s for others and in turn their purpose was for us.”  This rings true throughout the company, and our employees are living out their mission and purpose every day.

What is your mission and purpose – your “why” in life?  Perhaps it will be uncovered during these times.  Perhaps it will align with ours.  Perhaps it will provide an opportunity for us to partner in carrying out our missions to support our communities.  We are all in this together!