We got rid of a few people in hospice this week.
Oh, and several lovely, beautiful patients also died. More on death in a moment.
I attend several of my hospice’s interdisciplinary groups, which are usually called IDGs. They are weekly patient care meetings, a required review of those under the care of our agency. Since all patients in hospice much be reviewed by the hospice team—led by a physician—every 15 days*, we discuss and update the needs for everyone in the course of a typical month.
Some patients are relatively stable, and can go for weeks and months with minimal input.
There are “focus patients” with issues—family conflicts or finding the right medication dosages or ________ (fill in the blank)—that must be immediately addressed.
There are new admissions to discuss.
Quite a few patients need to be recertified. Is this patient still hospice appropriate? Every few months (there is actually a precise schedule), this question will be asked and answered. Hospice care is for those with an illness giving them six months or less to live. There are always patients that continue in care over six months. However, like everyone, they will be routinely reviewed.
With some, still alive and kicking, we bid adieu. Read More →by