Building a Bridge: A Successful Partnership between Hospice and Home Health

Friday, April 22, 2016: 3:30 PM-4:30 PM
National Harbor 5 (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center) - 3rd Level
Margaret Cogswell, RN, Hospice of the Panhandle, Shepherdstown, WV and Lisa Bivens, RN, Panhandle Home Health, Inc., Martinsburg, WV
Bridge programs often exist within the same corporate structure or are extensive programs aimed at mirroring hospice services. Bridge programs can require extensive funding with small to medium sized hospices often not having the resources to create and sustain these programs. This session will demonstrate how one hospice works with two different non-related home health agencies to create a bridge from home health to hospice focusing on the key element to success – building strong interagency relationships while increasing hospice referrals and admissions.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the key elements in a home health to hospice bridge program for small to medium sized hospices with limited resources
2. Identify the steps necessary to establish a consultation program that benefits both patients and the participating agencies
3. Compare the difference in care delivery, regulatory issues and beliefs that constrict home health and hospice care for patients with advanced illness

CE/CME: Counselor, Nurse, Physician and Social Worker