Welcome to the first edition of the MedElite Newsletter where you can read industry-leading thoughts from our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Rekha Bhandari. Consider this your go-to source for all updates in our field, and how they might affect and impact you!
Highlights from the Zimmet 2022 After Party
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the MedElite After Party, part of the Zimmet Conference 2022! Click on the video link above to watch the highlights from the event.
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Understanding Hospice Care and Palliative Care
In a thoughtful essay that appeared on the website Lithub.com in August 2022, a New York City-based palliative care physician named Anna DeForest outlined the challenges facing those in her field, as well as hospice care.
DeForest mentioned that the primary goal in Western medicine is to prolong life, and then wondered what the cumulative effect might be on those in the field to have “a failure rate of one hundred percent,” since everybody dies. But more to the point, she discussed the fact that more often than not “a good death requires a little bit of time,” and that those working in hospice care help patients “navigate the process of becoming dead.”
Click the link above to read her full piece.
Updates to long-term care facilities’ minimum health and safety standards, issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on June 29, go into effect Oct. 24. These updates, part of a Biden-Harris Administration initiative to advance the quality of nursing home care and the safety in such facilities, also included new guidance in the State Operations Manual (SOM).
In announcing the new measures in June, CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure said:
“As the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted, we have a pressing moral responsibility to ensure that residents of long-term care facilities are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve. CMS is proud to be leading President Biden’s initiative to improve the safety and quality of care in the nation’s nursing homes, and this set of improvements is our next step toward that goal.”
Compliance with these updates, first outlined in a fact sheet released before President Joe Biden’s State of the Union Address in March 2022, will be monitored by surveyors as they respond to routine and complaint-based inspections of nursing homes.
Here are the other key issues addressed in this new guidance: