COVID-19 Letter and Announcement

COVID-19 Letter and Announcement

March 21, 2020   Dear Valued Healthcare Partner,   Transitions Hospice highest priority has always been to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients, their family members and our staff. The current COVID-19 pandemic means it is critical that we take every precaution possible to prevent this virus from spreading by following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with Federal, State and local health departments.   Precautionary measures Transitions Hospice immediately implemented are as follow: Our clinical and administrative staff have implemented strict precautionary measures to assist in the containment of this virus; Encouraging staff to work remotely whenever possible; Daily monitoring of employees’ health status with screening questionnaires and temperature being taken upon entering offices; Universal precautions are being exercised by all staff by consistently practicing the proper infection control protocols recommended by the CDC; Cancelling all non-essential meetings and holding essential meetings remotely via Zoom   Transitions Hospice is now expanding on precautionary measures by minimizing exposure in assisted living and skilled nursing facilities where the most vulnerable reside. The CDC has done a careful review of the death rate in the elderly, especially those with chronic illness. Experts are recommending we all take action to limit individuals from assisted living and skilled nursing facilities to reduce visits and exposure at all means necessary while continuing to provide essential care.   The high visit frequency that you are accustomed to receiving by the Transitions Hospice care team may put your patient population at risk. We believe that limiting these visits and the number of staff that enter your facility is a prudent directive from our Federal, State and local governments....
The Transitions Vibe – September 2020 Edition

The Transitions Vibe – September 2020 Edition

Welcome to the September 2020 edition of the Transitions Vibe—a monthly briefing filled with information for those who entrust Transitions to provide hospice and palliative care services for their patients and residents. Click here or on the image below to download and print> If you would like to subscribe to the Transitions Vibe, click...
The Impact of COVID-19 for Patients Receiving Palliative Care

The Impact of COVID-19 for Patients Receiving Palliative Care

An interview with Heather Hartman, CNP, Transitions Home Medical Group from Dr.Kuljit Kapur We are more than seven months into a global pandemic stemming from COVID-19. While the death toll has risen worldwide, so has the number of those who have recovered from the hallmarks of the disease. As of August 24, 2020, there have been more than 23 million cases worldwide, with nearly 5.7 million of those in the United States. It is estimated that over 15 million people have recovered since statistics have been tracked. (source: Johns Hopkins, Coronavirus Resource Center) Recently, I connected with Heather Hartmann, CNP, a leader in symptom management in end-of-life and complex palliative care and hospice care with Transitions Home Medical Group, to gain her perspective about caring for dozens of COVID-19 positive patients since March 2020.  How do you assess Transitions’ palliative care patients that present with COVID-19? Clinically, we monitor our patients for a fever. COVID-19 often presents with multifocal adventitious lung sounds. The chest x-rays often present with opacities, but you cannot confirm a COVID-19 diagnosis with a chest x-ray. Patients often have acute shortness of breath, fatigue and fevers that can spike. The treatment isn’t clear-cut, so we have to work with evidence-based practices. The focus is on providing hydration and treating any secondary infections like pneumonia. Having advance directives in place is critical to know the level of medical support the patient wants.  How are you connecting with the families during this process? Families aren’t always able to be with their loved ones during this time due to restrictions and isolation in communities, so I’ve spent a...
Transitions Vibe Spotlight September 2020: The Financial Side of Hospice

Transitions Vibe Spotlight September 2020: The Financial Side of Hospice

Recently, we sat down with our Chief Financial Officer, Jim Dale, to talk about paying for hospice. With over 25 years of financial experience, Jim brings a level of knowledge that can be utilized by all of our patients, families, and referral sources when discussing hospice care.  Transitions Chief Financial Officer, Jim Dale Tips from Jim: How to ensure your patients are financially informed Keep staff members informed about the Hospice benefit and services offered by care providersSchedule continued education and training from Transitions to support the entire IDT knowledge of hospice care and the coverage of services under various insurance plansProvide Information to patients and families regarding Medicare Hospice Benefits. Download the CMS informational booklet hereContact Transitions to speak with our experts about the hospice benefit or any question related to hospice care and insurance coverage Here is what he had to say about hospice payments for now, and for the future:  What do you see as the biggest financial misconception of hospice care?  When patients and their families initially consider hospice care, the first question they ask, along with “what is hospice?” is almost always “how do I pay for it?” That is because a vast majority of people don’t know that hospice care comes at zero out of pocket cost for those patients under the Medicare benefit, as long as eligibility requirements are met. This means that all care services, including nursing, bereavement, medications, equipment and supplies are provided for the patient throughout their entire hospice journey – at no out of pocket cost to the patient, since there is no deductible or copay for hospice...
Transitions CEO Jim Palazzo: Medicare Advantage Could Slow Private Equity Interest in Hospice

Transitions CEO Jim Palazzo: Medicare Advantage Could Slow Private Equity Interest in Hospice

“I wanted my hospice to be designed to be as close to what a family would imagine a hospice is. I think families believe three things when they sign up for hospice, I believe they feel that they’re going to get immediate support, and they’re going to be able to drop some of the weight off their back. I think families believe that their hospice is going to be there when they need them.” – Transitions CEO and Founder, Jim Palazzo Great “Executive Perspectives” piece from Hospice News on our very own Jim Palazzo. Click the link to read Jim’s comments on our story, our growth, and the future of the hospice industry! #itsaboutliving Transitions CEO: Medicare Advantage Could Slow Private Equity Interest in...
The Transitions Vibe – July 2020 Edition

The Transitions Vibe – July 2020 Edition

Welcome to the July 2020 edition of the Transitions Vibe—a monthly briefing filled with information for those who entrust Transitions to provide hospice and palliative care services for their patients and residents. Click here or on the image below to download and print.> If you would like to subscribe to the Transitions Vibe, click...