NewsLine - September 2010 - (Page 1)

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization September 2010 Last month, providers around the country convened in Boston for A Program That’s Challenging the Traditional Healthc are Mindset By Suzi K. Johnson, MPH, RN, and Jean Kruse, MPH, RN, CHPCA the NHPCO conference on “Developing the Care Continuum.” The event took an all-important look at the innovative models being adopted to meet the needs of patients and families before they may be ready for hospice—including Transitions, the homebased palliative care program launched by Sharp HospiceCare in 2007. In this article, you’ll learn more about Transitions and its many positive outcomes. A s part of the largest integrated healthcare delivery system in San Diego County, Sharp HospiceCare has built a proactive model of care in collaboration with its medical groups. Aptly named “Transitions,” it is a home-based palliative care consultation service that incorporates evidencebased medicine to better manage the needs of patients with congestive heart failure, dementia, and COPD—from addressing the patient’s current medical and psychosocial issues to developing an effective care plan and anticipating future needs. continued on next page Inside Leadership Training in This Economy? You Bet According to a recent study, by 2016, up to 640,000 senior managers will be needed to lead nonprofits into the future. Find out what some hospices are doing now (and spending) to ensure they’re prepared. A Message From Don NHPCO president/CEO, Don Schumacher, shares valuable take aways from the August conference, plus news about a new tool to assess community needs. Program Spotlight By consolidating its mobile voice and data access communications to a single device, Hospice of the Comforter has saved money, while improving staff efficiency. Their solution may inspire you. Plus: People and Places News and Notes about NHPCO Members Circle of Life Award Winners See the photos of the eight honorees, recognized for expanding the reach of palliative care. Educational Offerings NHPCO conferences, Webinars, webcasts and E-OL courses FHSSA Quarterly Newsletter—see page 27

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NewsLine - September 2010

Transitions: Challenging the Traditional Healthcare Mindset
A Message From Don
Leadership Training in This Economy? You Bet
Circle of Life Award Winners
Program Spotlight: Hospice of the Comforter
NASW Congress: Social Workers Look to the Future
People and Places
PSAs for Cable or Television
NHPCO’s Upcoming Educational Offerings
This Year’s Hospice Month Quilt is Here!
FHSSA’s Quarterly Newsletter

NewsLine - September 2010