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Sep 15, 2019

Our first international interview is with Chief Executive of Hospice UK Tracey Bleakley.  Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice in the United Kingdom.

According to the Hospice UK website, Tracey has been working with the organization since January, 2016.  She holds an engineering degree, MBA, postgraduate...

Sep 13, 2019

A new documentary from HBO is a way to gain insight into how Americans handle deaths.  According to the HBO website, the film was “Directed and produced by Perri Peltz and Matthew O’Neill (HBO’s Axios), "Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America" offers a fascinating look at the varied ways Americans are...

Sep 6, 2019

There are currently 9 states in the U.S. that have Death with Dignity laws in place.  Designed to allow self determination in death and prevent suffering, these laws can be controversial. 

In this week’s Heartbeat from The Heart of Hospice, Helen and Jerry discuss the purpose of these laws and where to find out about...

Sep 1, 2019

The Heart of Hospice was thrilled to talk with Frank Ostaseski, a pioneer in end of life care.  According to his bio on the Metta Institute Website,, Frank co-founded the Zen Hospice Project, the first Buddhist hospice in America, in 1987. 

“He guided that groundbreaking work...

Aug 30, 2019

Hospice billing can be a complicated process to tackle, and just when you figure it out, things change. CMS recently released the Final Rules for Fiscal Year 2020.

It features some rebasing of payment for the various hospice levels of care.  The reimbursement for Routine Home Care is going down, while the payments for...