Thursday, October 07 | Client Success Stories, Thought Leadership, Post-Acute Care

Why We Need to Go Back to the Future with Hospice

By Tom Herzog, Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Samira Beckwith has been a pioneer in the hospice field for the past 40 years and has served as President and CEO of Florida-based Hope Healthcare for more than 30 years. She is a visionary and dedicated champion for palliative care, quality of life and end-of-life issues.

Her expertise and lifetime commitment to quality care is acknowledged throughout the state, nationally, and internationally having served as Chair for both the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the National Hospice Foundation. She is the Founding President of the Florida PACE Association and a Founding Director of the National Hospice Work Group.

Dr. Beckwith and I had a terrific conversation recently, when we recorded an episode of the Netsmart CareThreads podcast. She unpacks what it means and why it’s so important for hospices to go back to the future. 

Here are three points I took away from conversation.

  1. “Start with the origins of the hospice movement in this country — the movement, not the industry.”

    When we talk about going back to the future of hospice, what we mean is providing for the person and the family, focusing on comfort when cure is not possible, explains Dr. Beckwith.

    “Instead of being pushed-to-the-brink-of-death care — and that's what some folks believe hospice is,” says Dr. Beckwith — “our future lies in going back to those early principles, to our commitment to caring for people.”

  2. “We have to help people to understand that all healthcare is local.”

    “It's important for us, with our mission-oriented hospices, to remind the community about our roots, our beginnings," Samira says. Many people have no idea of what their local hospice organization does or offers.

    Healthcare is competitive, she says, but at the end of the day, we have to help people understand that all healthcare is local. “Who's coming to care for your loved one at their bedside? Who has been part of the community for decades? Who are your neighbors? Church members? Your hospice was local in the past. We're local now. And we're going to continue to be local for the future,” Dr. Beckwith says.

  3. Transforming hospice starts with transforming culture

From the very beginning, hospice leaders strived to help people become more open and understanding about the opportunities available to them at the final stages of life. As Dr. Beckwith says in the podcast, “An open conversation means everyone has to come together — businesses, regulatory organizations, legislators, hospices and healthcare systems — to effect meaningful change.”

Achieving the goal of transformation requires resetting so many systems, but part of it comes down to simple reimbursement and to regulations and legislation. Bottom line? “Healthcare providers have to quit trying to make the most money that they can and start to think about what's best for the people in their system,” says Dr. Beckwith.

Listen to the podcast, It’s Time to Go Back to the Future with Hospice Care with Dr. Samira Beckwith.

 If you want to hear more episodes like this one, check us out on Apple Podcasts.

If you don’t use Apple Podcasts, you can find every episode here.

 

 

Meet the Author

Tom Herzog Blog Photo
Tom Herzog · Chief Operating Officer

Communities

From the CareThreads Blog

Values Matter: Finding Passion in What You Do

Thursday, May 12 | Netsmart Life,Thought Leadership

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which reminds us of the importance of job fulfillment and finding an uplifting workplace influencing our mental wellness. Hear from Bret Fischer, Senior Director of Talent Acquisition on finding passion in your work each and every day.

More

Achieving Interoperability in the Real World

Wednesday, May 11 | Post-Acute Care,Human Services,EHR Solutions and Operations,Interoperability

Interoperability has become an essential force behind healthcare technology, enabling providers to succeed in value-based care models and support care coordination for fundamental services such as crisis management. Look no further to find out what interoperability looks like in the real world and how individuals with complicated or co-occuring conditions benefit from healthcare solutions working together.

More

Doing More with Less: How to Amplify Your Workforce in 2022

Tuesday, March 15 | Thought Leadership,Post-Acute Care,Value-based Care,Human Services

Finding new ways to navigate the workforce crisis and ease the impact taken by the healthcare industry can start with a technology-first strategy. Check out the webinar recap to learn from industry leaders who share best tools and insights that have enabled healthcare organizations to empower staff to be more efficient and resilient in the midst of challenge.

More