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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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Face Time Helps Mount Sinai, VNSNY Nurses Improve Patient Care

From: Nurses.com
Mount Sinai Hospital and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York developed a clinical initiative to reduce sternal wound infections among cardiac patients, providing a coordinated approach to educate patients on wound care and infection prevention so they can rehab at home instead of at a subacute rehab facility. Nurses working in the joint program credit face-to-face meetings for improved communication and patient care.
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Hannabelle’s Special Day

From: The Huffington Post
Hannabelle W. is a hospice patient whose story was featured in “Moments of Life,” a national awareness campaign by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Hanabelle’s story illustrates the benefits that early utilization of hospice care can bring to individuals.
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Palliative Care or Hospice? It’s Not About Giving Up

From: The Huffington Post
Mrs. G., a woman in her 50s, had been receiving disease-directed care for her breast cancer, but her condition reached a point where the treatment was not only failing to have the desired effect, but was also greatly limiting her quality of life.
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Offering the Gift of Comfort

From: The New York Times
Kei Okada, 55 is a spiritual care counselor for the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. He visited with Edward Harris and his wife, Ruth, at their Manhattan home.
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