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Addicted to ACP

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Rev. Dr. Mike Johnston is Director of Spiritual & Supportive Care at AnMed Health in Anderson, SC.  Prior to joining AnMed Health, Mike served in a similar role at Gaston Memorial Hospital in Gastonia, NC as well as two other hospitals in the Richmond, Va. area. Mike has served as Stated Supply Pastor at two small Presbyterian Church’s in NC and one small Presbyterian Church in Anderson. Mike and his wife Valerie have four children, one granddaughter and one grandson.

 

That is a pretty surprising title of a blog about Advanced Care Planning, especially by a hospital chaplain […]

Hurricane Florence

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In 2016 it was Hurricane Matthew. In 2017, as we drove to Asheville to attend The Carolina’s Center 41stAnnual Hospice and Palliative Care Conference most of Florida and Georgia were being pummeled by Hurricane Irma’s tropical force winds and torrential rain. In 2018 as we drove to Charlotte to attend The Carolina Centers 42ndAnnual Hospice and Palliative Care Conference the safety of our hospice patients, their families and our associates was top priority.  We were closely and continuously monitoring a category 4 Hurricane, Florence, and many had begun implementing storm preparedness preparations that week-end. As Hurricane Florence […]

Payment Models

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Janet Bull, MD, MBA, FAAHPM is the Chief Medical Officer at Four Seasons Compassion and holds a consultant assistant professorship at Duke University Medical Center. She is a Fellow of the AAHPM, board certified in hospice and palliative medicine and holds a hospice medical director certification. She is the current Past President of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and has worked as a core member of the team for the Academy on the development of the Alternative Payment Model for Serious Illness Care.

Moving to an Alternative Payment Model

The transition from a fee for […]

IMPROVING ACCESS TO EOL CARE

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Improving Access to #EOL Care: The Rural Access to Hospice Act

Imagine getting a call from one of your patients late one night. It is snowing, and it is late, but it is clear that your patient is in need of a visit. You grab your bag and head out the door, only to realize that not only is it snowing, but the snow is drifting to over six feet high, and visibility is about zero. And the roads haven’t been cleared. And your patient is an hour outside of town, on a clear day.

Patients in rural areas […]