14 09, 2017

Just Culture and Hospices

By | 2017-09-14T15:24:46+00:00 September 14th, 2017|1 Comment

Introduction Here is the conundrum: A hospice clinician makes an error (she did not provide patient education on proper use of oxygen in the home because she thought the DME company provided it). Her error/omission resulted in an adverse patient outcome (patient smoked while using oxygen and set himself and surroundings on fire). Even though [...]

27 04, 2017

It’s Spring Cleaning Time. Is Your Hospice In Order?

By | 2017-05-17T09:21:21+00:00 April 27th, 2017|Comments Off on It’s Spring Cleaning Time. Is Your Hospice In Order?

It’s that time of year again when the blooming landscape and longer days inspire a thoughtful inspection of how well our homes are in order. As we know, it is not uncommon during this process to stumble upon some areas of wear and tear that need fixing (e.g., broken gutters, missing shingles, clogged vents, the [...]

11 12, 2015

What do your IDG meetings reveal about quality of care?

By | 2017-05-17T09:21:34+00:00 December 11th, 2015|7 Comments

Recently, one of Weatherbee’s senior consultants observed a hospice’s interdisciplinary group (IDG) meeting as part of an on-site mock survey of the organization. The 4-hour meeting included a review of all deaths and admissions that occurred during the prior 2 weeks, as well as a review of all existing patients on the hospice’s census. A total of 30 patients were discussed. The medical director, 4 registered nurses (RNs), 2 social workers, a chaplain, and the volunteer coordinator were present during the meeting.