hospice

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A Florida law mandating that hospice and palliative-care physicians check a statewide database to ensure patients aren’t shopping around for opioids is “stupid,” state Rep. Cary Pigman said Thursday. 

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In a move aimed at helping hospice providers, a Senate committee Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that would create an exemption to a requirement that physicians check a statewide database before ordering opioids for patients.

Hospice Doctors Seek Exemption From Drug Database

Jan 9, 2019
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Less than a year after the Florida Legislature passed a sweeping bill that requires physicians to check a statewide database before ordering opioids for patients, lawmakers are being asked to consider an exemption for doctors who care for dying people.

Though describing it as a “close call,” an appeals court Friday upheld a decision by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration to turn down approval of new hospice provider in Sarasota County. 

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The competition is on for a new hospice program in Pasco County.

The state Agency for Health Care Administration has received letters of intent from nine companies to establish a hospice program. The letters are a first step in the state’s certificate-of-need process.

The application deadline is May 16. The state on March 30 published need for one new hospice program in Pasco.

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As she nears death at age 92, former first lady Barbara Bush’s announcement that she is seeking “comfort care” is shining a light — and stirring debate — on what it means to stop trying to fight terminal illness.

The only organization providing hospice care in the Lower Keys is closing.

Starting Friday, a Jacksonville-based hospice care provider is expanding its services into 11 more counties.

A new office in Palatka represents the biggest growth for Community Hospice in its nearly 40-year history.


Hospices Grapple With Stolen Meds

Aug 22, 2017
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Nothing seemed to help the patient — and hospice staff didn’t know why.

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Medicare launched a website aimed at helping families choose a hospice — but experts say it doesn’t help very much.

Study: Many Still Sidestep End-Of-Life Care Planning

Aug 1, 2017
Orlando Sentinel

Before being deployed overseas for the Iraq War in 2003, Army reservist Don Morrison filled out military forms that gave instructions about where to send his body and possessions if he were killed.

Gerald Chinchar, a Navy veteran who loves TV Westerns, isn't quite at the end of his life, but the end is probably not far away. The 77-year-old's medications fill a dresser drawer, and congestive heart failure puts him at high risk of emergency room visits and long hospital stays. He fell twice last year, shattering his hip and femur, and now gets around his San Diego home in a wheelchair.

Above all, Chinchar hopes to avoid another long stint in the hospital. He still likes to go watch his grandchildren's sporting events and play blackjack at the casino.

Nursing Homes, Hospice Dropped From ‘CON’ Repeal

Apr 7, 2017
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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.

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. 

Nursing Homes Fight Repeal Of ‘Certificate of Need’ Process

Feb 21, 2017

As Florida's 2017 legislative session prepares to start March 7, the debate about repealing what is known as the "certificate of need" regulatory process has expanded to include nursing homes and hospice facilities — and has touched off a new wave of lobbying by industry groups.

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 Compassionate Care Hospice in Lakeland has laid off 30 employees, lost 115 patients, and plans to shut down operations by next week due to a licensing dispute with the Agency for Health Care Administration, the Ledger of Lakeland reports.

AHCA told Compassionate Care hospice officials a month ago that it must immediately shut down operations because the company did not apply to renew its license, but company officials say that's a mistake.

Hospice Care on Legislative Agenda

Jan 6, 2015

Terminally ill patients in the final stages of life could get easier access to medical care under legislation being pushed by a powerful committee chairman.

A bill sponsored by Sen. Aaron Bean of Jacksonville, encourages the expansion of hospice care by changing a complex licensing procedure.

Regulators call the process certificate of need, or CON. The bill essentially eases those restrictions in six counties where there is only one hospice provider.

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During its meeting Friday in Tampa, the Florida Board of Medicine issued fines and penalties against Hillsborough County physician Betty Jo Carter, for her role in a friend's death.

She was accused of overmedicating a patient and speeding up his death.  She was charged with malpractice, inappropriate drug dispensing and records violations.

She said her patient, Gary Lazar, was dying and had refused hospice care. She said she felt obliged to stay overnight at her patient's home.

In a column in the Orlando Sentinel, Scott Maxwell shares his outrage over questionable profits in hospice care, especially since he has helped promote it over the years.

A company started by Florida Senate President Don Gaetz, but which he later sold, is in hot water with the federal government.  In a suit filed against Chemed, the U.S. Department of Justice accused it of Medicare fraud.  Gaetz was vice chairman during part of the time in question, according to the Tampa Bay Times

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