Hospice care provides medical, psychological, and spiritual care to individuals with a terminal illness. It also addresses the needs of these individuals' families. Hospice care focuses on comfort and quality of life by reducing pain and distress. Due to the complexity of issues at the end of life, optimal utilization of the hospice benefit can only occur if there is adequate time for the hospice to work with individuals and families. This course provides guidelines on how to make a timely, competent hospice referral. It also discusses Medicare guidelines for hospice eligibility and how to effectively communicate about hospice. Without hospice care, individuals with a terminal illness may have poor quality of life during their final days.
Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board
CEBroker Provider: 50-290
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
As a Jointly Accredited Organization, Relias LLC is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Relias LLC maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 General continuing education credits.
Relias, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0009.
Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of licensed master social work and licensed clinical social work in New York. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice for an LMSW and LCSW. A licensee who practices beyond the authorized scope of practice could be charged with unprofessional conduct under the Education Law and Regents Rules.
As a provider of online, asynchronous education, some courses offered by Relias Learning are considered “self-study” under section 74.10(c)(2)(ii)(b)(4) of the Commissioner’s Regulations. The regulations limit self-study activities taken from a provider approved by the Education Department to no more than 12 hours in the 36-month registration period or one-third of the hours in a registration period other than 36 months.
Social workers will receive 1.00 continuing education hours for participating in this course. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners (CEBroker Provider 50-290)
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791
Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.
District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
Florida Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Georgia Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
South Carolina Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
New Mexico Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Arkansas State Board Of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
Florida Board of Nursing Home Administrators (CEBroker Provider # 50-290)
Georgia Nursing Home Administrators Board (CEBroker Provider # 50-290)
This educational offering has been reviewed by the National Continuing Education Review Service (NCERS) of the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and approved for 1.0000 clock hours. If you have any feedback regarding the NAB approved continuing education programs, send your email to the following address: [email protected]
This program has been pre-approved by The Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide 1.00 hours of continuing education credit to CCM® board certified case managers.
This educational offering is approved by the California Nursing Home Administrator Program (NHAP) for full credit as a course relating directly to duties, functions, or responsibilities of the nursing home administrator. Provider # CEP 1701; Course Approval # 1701001-8255. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
Texas HHSC has determined that Relias Learning’s submitted training meets or exceeds the minimum standards for HCSSA administrator training in the following categories: Hospice. Texas HHSC also recognizes Relias Learning provides continuing education for administrators and alternate administrators. This activity is approved for 1.0000 contact hours.
About Hospice Referrals
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Why Hospice, Why Now?
Hospice Care Defined
When Hospice Begins Badly
Decline vs. Acute, Episodic Illness
Signs and Symptoms of Decline
Changes in Functional Status
Communicate Healthcare Goals
The Provider’s Role
Informing the Individual and the Family
Evaluation by the Hospice Team
Section 3: Disease-Specific Eligibility
CMS Provides Guidance
Core Non-Disease Specific Criteria
Disease Specific Criteria
Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Conditions
Stroke and Coma
Section 4: Communication Strategies for the Topic of End of Life
Think About It
Use Advance Care Planning
The Hospice Philosophy
Hospice Is Non-Binding
Addressing Family Discord
Cultural and Spiritual Influences
Section 5: Conclusion
Exam and BrainSparks
Elizabeth Vaccaro earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from Kean University. She is certified as a Multiple Sclerosis Nurse Educator. Elizabeth has worked in a variety of healthcare settings from the hospital to the pharmaceutical industry which has allowed her to have a great appreciation for all the challenges that span the healthcare field. She has practiced in the hospice setting for nine years in a variety of roles from Case Manager, Educator, and Director of both inpatient and home care hospice. Disclosure: Elizabeth Vaccaro, BSN RN, MSCN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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