hospice

Hospice care is for the dying. It helps patients manage pain so they can focus on spending their remaining time with loved ones. But in recent years, nearly 1 in 5 patients has been discharged from hospice before he or she dies, according to government reports.

Nursing Homes, Hospice Dropped From ‘CON’ Repeal

Apr 7, 2017

In a victory for nursing-home and hospice groups, a House committee Thursday scaled back a bill aimed at repealing controversial regulations on building health-care facilities.

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Shirley Otten makes her way down a winding hall way that looks more like an upscale apartment complex than an assisted living facility. When she gets to Lee Dodge's door, she gently opens it to the sound of an excited little Yorkshire Terrier.

The House is advancing a measure making it easier for patients to access hospice care. 

Florida hospice providers are joining a call by nursing homes to preserve the so-called certificate of need process.

Compassionate Care Hospice in Lakeland can restart operations soon, as Gov.

Hospice Seeks Stay In Dispute With AHCA

Mar 31, 2015

Warning of potentially "devastating consequences," a Central Florida hospice firm Monday sought a stay from the 1st District Court of Appeal in a dispute with the Agency for Health Care Administration about the firm's license.

National Institutes of Health

Federal prosecutors are cracking down on hospices throughout Florida, accusing them of paying kickbicks and submitting false billings. Now one in Tampa Bay has settled a case.

Florida Hospices Under Feds' Microscope

Jul 2, 2013
National Institutes of Health

Medicare’s huge false-billing lawsuit against Miami-based Vitas Healthcare signals that federal scrutiny of hospices is going strong behind the scenes – especially in Florida.

Florida Hospices Under Feds' Microscope

Jul 2, 2013
National Institutes of Health

Medicare’s huge false-billing lawsuit against Miami-based Vitas Healthcare signals that federal scrutiny of hospices is going strong behind the scenes – especially in Florida.

This is the second time I've had a close-up look at how hospice operates. Again, I am struck by how wonderful the nurses are; also, what a relief it is not to have to fend off unwanted treatments.

My family's first encounter was with my father, who died a most horrible of deaths, from Lewy Body Dementia. (Lewy Bodies are plaques on the brain, named for their discoverer).