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Dementia and hospice: what you need to know to avoid penalties and give better guidance

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Dementia and hospice: what you need to know to avoid penalties and give better guidance

Written by Marcia Levetown, MD, MMM, HMDC, FAAHPM

One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer disease or another dementia. Dementia is one of the most costly diseases in America — costing some $290 billion in 2019, more than heart disease and cancer combined.

Although dementia is an increasingly common condition among hospice patients, it remains one of the least understood. When hospice teams are not well informed, they cannot provide effective advice and care to patients and families. Additionally, errors in prognostication and documentation expose hospices to penalties related to CMS claims of ineligibility or excessive lengths of stay. Is your hospice doing all it can to maximize your team’s capacity to effectively and compassionately manage this devastating and costly disease?

Dementia and hospice was the topic of a recent 60-minute webinar presented by Marcia Levetown, MD, MMM, HMDC, FAAHPM — Dementia and hospice: what you need to know to avoid penalties and give better guidance — now available to watch on demand. Now Dr. Levetown answers some of the most popular questions asked during the webinar in this new FAQ document.

Get answers to these questions and many more:

  • How are dementias staged?
  • Are dementias painful?
  • How are Alzheimer disease and other dementias diagnosed?
  • Is aggressive behavior associated with all dementias or just certain types? Are any drugs particularly effective for this?
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Presenter: Marcia Levetown, MD, MMM, HMDC, FAAHPM

Marcia Levetown, MD, MMM, HMDC, FAAHPM was among the first physicians in the U.S. to be certified in hospice and palliative medicine in 2008. She has been a pioneer in the field since 1994 and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Levetown has held professorships in internal medicine and pediatrics, served as the inaugural Chair of the Institute of Palliative Care at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, as Regional Medical Director for Vitas, and served as a member of an IOM Committee. She is a highly sought after speaker, author of two books, several chapters in leading palliative care textbooks, many articles and national policies on ethics and palliative care topics.

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Presenter: Jill Dyer, BSN, RN, HCS-D, HCS-O

People who choose a life of caring — and the organizations and communities they serve — deserve a special kind of support. So we help them to care smarter. Liberating them to focus on the people they serve. Providing solutions that make work flow, integrate insights, and update effortlessly.

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Presenter: Jill Dyer, BSN, RN, HCS-D, HCS-O

People who choose a life of caring — and the organizations and communities they serve — deserve a special kind of support. So we help them to care smarter. Liberating them to focus on the people they serve. Providing solutions that make work flow, integrate insights, and update effortlessly.

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People who choose a life of caring — and the organizations and communities they serve — deserve a special kind of support. So we help them to care smarter. Liberating them to focus on the people they serve. Providing solutions that make work flow, integrate insights, and update effortlessly. So they're able to anticipate — and exponentially increase — the impact of care.

People who choose a life of caring — and the organizations and communities they serve — deserve a special kind of support. So we help them to care smarter. Liberating them to focus on the people they serve. Providing solutions that make work flow, integrate insights, and update effortlessly. So they're able to anticipate — and exponentially increase — the impact of care.