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Improving Care for Those Who Need It Most

From: The Commonwealth Fund
Researchers looking to improve healthcare in the U.S are focusing on high-need, high-cost patients—both because they need the most help and because they have the biggest impact on national health spending. As new approaches to improving care for high-need, high-cost patients are tested, researchers are learning more about what works and what doesn’t.
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Increasing Hospice Use Among Hispanics and Latinos

From: The Huffington Post
Hospice’s palliative care model is increasingly recognized for bringing quality of life to end of life, yet Hispanics in America typically underuse it. Amid national efforts to broaden outreach and access among Hispanics and Latinos, a team from VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care recently explored key cultural reasons why people may avoid hospice, and discussed solutions for how long to bridge the gap.
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WABC-TV Here and Now: Hospice Care

From: WABC-TV Here and Now
On October 18, WABC-TV’s Here and Now show featured VNSNY’s Rosemary Baughn, Senior Vice President of Hospice and Palliative Care, and VNSNY’s Amealya Blake, RN, in a segment about hospice care in the African American community, including Project HOPE, VNSNY’s Hospice Outreach Patient and Provider Education program.
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Project HOPE: Overcoming Demographic Barriers to Hospice Care

From: The Huffington Post
Nationwide, African Americans and Hispanics account for just 8.5% and 6% of the U.S. hospice population, respectively. There are a number of reasons for this disparity, but the overriding one is a lack of awareness. To help address these barriers, VNSNY has developed a pilot program in the Harlem section of Manhattan called the HOPE project.
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How Conversations About End of Life—and Policy—Are Changing

From: The Huffington Post
Recently, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed that Medicare begin paying doctors to have end-of-life care conversations with their patients. HuffPost Live speaks with experts, including Rosemary Baughn, Senior Vice President of VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care, about how this conversation begins and what comes next in terms of options, hospice, affordability and more.
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New Physical Therapy Partnership Revolutionizes Post-Surgical Hip and Knee Rehab

From: The Huffington Post
In 2014, nearly 800 HSS joint-replacement patients have gone through intensive home rehabilitation, working with physical and occupational therapists from the Visiting Nurse of Service New York (VNSNY) in a unique health care partnership designed specifically for today’s changing medical landscape. From January through December 2014, the program demonstrated a low 30-day re-hospitalization rate of 2.8%.
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