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Research Validates the Benefits of Hospice

For Immediate Release:
November 17, 2014

More Research Validates the Benefits of Hospice; What Will It Take to Change End-of-Life Care in America?

New study in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows cancer patients in hospice care experience fewer hospitalizations, fewer costly and invasive procedures, and are more likely to die at home.

(Alexandria, Va) – New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reinforces the benefits of hospice care for patients with cancer facing a poor prognosis. The study, led by Dr. Ziad Obermeyer, a physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, found cancer patients in hospice are less likely to be hospitalized, to be admitted to the intensive care unit, or undergo invasive procedures. The study included data from nearly 40,000 Medicare patients with cancer who died in 2011.

The study also concludes that healthcare costs in the last year of life were about $9,000 lower per hospice patient. Furthermore, nearly 75% of non- hospice patients in this study died in hospitals or nursing homes, compared to 14% of hospice patients. The study authors say their findings highlight the need for frank discussions between physicians and patients about realistic expectations for care at the end of life.

“There is a lot of evidence that a lot of people don’t have these conversations,” says Dr. Obermeyer, “So they get sucked into this intense care option without even talking about it.”

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization has long supported reimbursement to physicians for facilitating advanced planning discussions, which is also a key recommendation from the Institute of Medicine in its report “Dying in America”.

NHPCO also advocates for concurrent care, a model of healthcare delivery that would not require patients to forgo all curative treatment to access hospice services.

“We know that many people access hospice care too late to fully take advantage of all this team-based, patient and family-focused model of care can offer,” says J. Donald Schumacher, PsyD, President and CEO of NHPCO. “While patients with cancer still make up more than a third of all those cared for by hospice providers, their lengths of stay in hospice are among the shortest. This points to the desperate need for clinicians treating cancer to have conversations about palliative care and hospice.”

The publication of this new research in JAMA follows on the heels of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, “Dying in America” and recommendations from the American Medical Association (AMA) to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the activation of reimbursement codes to allow Medicare to pay for such conversations. In recent weeks, CMS indicated that the agency intends to solicit additional comments from the public. In the meantime, advance care planning discussions are only reimbursable during the initial ‘Welcome to Medicare’ preventive visit but not for any subsequent annual visit.

“The hospice community continues to be disappointed in Medicare’s lack of leadership in this area,” says Schumacher. “The medical consensus tells us clearly that these end-of-life care conversations are necessary in order for patient wishes to be expressed and honored. Yet, CMS will only reimburse for them when a patient first joins Medicare, typically the healthiest he or she will be as a beneficiary. It defies reason that reimbursement is not available for physicians to take the time for these vital and delicate discussions later on.”

According to the National Council on Aging, 10,000 baby boomers will become Medicare eligible every day this year. The time has come for the federal government to take action on concurrent care and advance care planning and meet the needs of Americans as they approach the end of life.

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In line with this effort, Pitt Nursing is no longer accepting applications for admissions to the MSN in Nursing Administration area of concentration, as of February 2016. The profession still needs nurse leaders with training and advanced knowledge in management, quality, safety, and expertise at the point of care. Thus, prospective students are encouraged to consider applying to our master’s degree program in the CNL area of concentration. which prepares you to be an effective leader of efforts to coordinate care across the continuum of health care service, improve patient safety, deliver effective and efficient care in a fiscally responsible manner, and to test and implement evidence-based practice innovations. The CNL program, ranked third in U.S. New World Report’s 2016 Best Graduate Schools, is offered both on-campus and online through Pitt Online.

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Une table-ronde, animée par Fabien SOULIÉ, enseignant-chercheur, a abordé le thème de « La fabrication additive dans les applications industrielles, citoyennes, de la recherche et de la formation ».

Stéphane ABED, président de la société Poly shape, Yann LEFEBVRE, président du FabLab « LabSud », André CHRYSOCHOOS, directeur du centre PRO3D et Christian JORGENSEN, professeur au CHU de Montpellier et directeur de l’unité INSERM “Cellules souches, plasticité cellulaire, médecine régénératrice et immunothérapies”, sont intervenus pour partager leurs expériences et échanger sur les applications de ces technologies.

Les diverses interventions des invités ont permis de montrer le spectre très large des champs d’applications de ces nouvelles techniques de mise en œuvre de la matière, allant de l’industrie de pointe à la recherche médicale avancée, sans oublier les applications standardsaccessibles à tous ” précise Fabien Soulié.

Les présentations ont aussi su faire ressortir toutes les étapes de la démarche de conception, de dimensionnement et d’optimisation, préalables à la phase d’impressionproprement dite ” ajoute André Chrysochoos, concluant que “la fabrication additive est apparue aux participants comme une solution complémentaire aux techniques classiques de fabrication, mais possédant ses propres limites “.

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By Dawn Metcalfe | January 31, 2011

Nathan Adelson Hospice developed a strategy that reduced our accounts receivables over 90 days by 80% in the first six months. Was the approach totally revolutionary? No. It was as simple as revisiting and recommitting to the basics of successfully managing accounts receivable.

Nathan Adelson’s mission is to provide patients and their loved ones with comprehensive end-of-life care and influence better care for all in our community. We honor the importance of choice and control for those who are ill so they may define for themselves the most comfortable and dignified manner in which to live.

As a not-for-profit hospice provider based in Las Vegas, Nathan Adelson strives to achieve a balance between the business aspects of hospice and our mission. Improved cash collections as a result of a strong accounts receivable management policy positions our organization to provide ongoing care to our patients and families at the most critical time in their lives.

We determined several factors that were intrinsic to effective management of our receivables:

  • Establish a commonality between the finance objectives and our clinical mission.
  • Know our insurance contract potential.
  • Target specific challenges to timely billing and collection within our organization.
  • Develop simple tracking tools for monitoring activity and results.
  • Empower our billing team and set expectations for positive results.

Expectations for positive results were set:

  • Reinforced the importance of effectively managing the accounts receivable to the continued success of the organization.
  • Created teamwork between departments by establishing ownership of common issues.
  • Encouraged consistency in following the process in spite of time constraints or conflicting priorities.
  • Acknowledged departments/employees whose extra efforts contributed to success took place.
  • Established and communicated the correlation between extra efforts and improved results.

Commitment was organizationwide and started from the top. We used every opportunity to educate and garner support from the management team and staff by attending meetings at all levels. The accounts receivable goals were quantified in terms that each group could internalize.

A periodic review of our existing contract base for negotiating potential was implemented. We communicated contract information to all areas of the organization and highlighted collaboration efforts in negotiating new or improved contracts. Relationships with case managers and human resources benefit team members were developed, and we identified and explained what differentiates our hospice from competitors. We educated employers on the value of providing hospice benefits to their employees and the potential financial savings to the company. We never assumed a specific payer or employer was off-limits.

An impediment to effective accounts receivable management was the untimely billing of charges. We established timelines for submitting timesheets and billing charges within the finance and clinical divisions. Accomplishments and failures of each billing cycle were communicated to all responsible staff and management and we incorporated compliance into performance expectations. Consistent follow-up was vital to our ongoing success.

Tracking tools focused on those issues that had been identified as challenges. For example, reports explaining variances between expected and actual billing dates and dollars billed were used to identify when snags were occurring. Dollar amounts by specific issue were highlighted. A weekly analysis of all balances over 90 days allowed us to review actions taken over a period of time and identify problems requiring additional investigation. Communication of issues between billing staff and the admission department was mandated.

The billing staff was trained to identify and proactively address external issues early in the billing process. They were supported in their efforts to resolve issues with co-workers and payers and recognized for their individual and team accomplishments.

One example of how our new strategies and philosophy changed work functionality is that historically, the finance department had the task of being the only staff members to contact and work with insurance companies. Through effective staff collaboration, and shift in establishing a commonality between the finance objectives and our clinical mission, the admissions team began making the initial contact with the insurance companies. While this does not seem like a major paradigm shift, we know that changing roles and responsibilities can create their own challenges. We found that connecting the admissions team with the insurance company eliminated some of the clinical documentation issues related to billing, thereby reducing authorization and claim payment delays.

Getting back to the basics required a commitment from the whole organization. Was it worth it? We think so.

Dawn Metcalfe is vice president of finance and administration for Nathan Adelson Hospice, Las Vegas.





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UBC s Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology s broad mission is to advance clinical science. We view clinical science as composed of research efforts and practice directed toward:

  1. The promotion of adaptive functioning
  2. Assessment, understanding, amelioration, and prevention of human problems in behaviour, affect, cognition or health
  3. The application of knowledge in ways consistent with scientific evidence

The program s emphasis on the term science underscores its commitment to empirical approaches to evaluating the validity and utility of testable hypotheses and to advancing knowledge and practice by this method.

The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association. If you are interested in more information about our accreditation status, contact the Director of Clinical Training (Lynn Alden ) or:

Initial accreditation 1986-87
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As of 2012, CPA and APA signed the First Street Accord which is a mutual recognition agreement on accreditation. It demonstrates that the APA views the accreditation standards and principles of the CPA as equivalent to the Commission on Accreditation guidelines and principles. View the statement .

This webpage presents an overview of important information about the clinical program. To fully understand the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at UBC, please read the material in all the links on this page and in the Graduate Student Handbook.


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Our PhD program will prepare you for a career in nursing education, research, health systems, or clinical science to enhance the care of individuals and families across the lifespan. Explore the PhD in Nursing Science to see if it’s the right fit for you.

The PhD Program is a hybrid, distance-accessible program using videoconferencing technology to synchronously place you in the classroom with your classmates. You can also choose in-person classes (if available) if you prefer to learn in a face-to-face setting. We attempt to schedule the required PhD courses across one day each week so that students know in advance which day to plan to be available for class. PhD students will attend two required on-campus, 4-day Intensives during the first two years of the PhD program. These Intensives are typically held in early June of the first two years of the PhD Program and give you the opportunity to interact with other students and with faculty, attend professional development sessions, meet with faculty mentors, and network during a variety of informal receptions.

As a PhD student, you are linked with faculty researchers who provide supportive mentoring throughout your entire PhD program. You can choose to work with faculty experts in Clinical Nursing Science or Health Systems. which includes Nursing Education .

Clinical Nursing Science concentrates on the interrelationships of health promotion, health behavior, and quality of life in acute and chronic illness throughout the lifespan. This focus area includes the prevention and early detection of disease and disability across the continuum of care and the enhancement of the health and well-being for individuals, families, and communities. Examples of scholarship and faculty research in clinical nursing science include:

  • Improving quality of life in persons with chronic illness, including epilepsy, stroke, and renal disease
  • Behavioral oncology across the cancer continuum (including cancer prevention, detection, and symptom management)
  • Childhood and family adaptation to chronic illness
  • Family caregiving across the lifespan
  • Tailored intervention studies to improve quality of life
  • Patient care safety

Health systems operate to create structures and resources that enable individuals and communities to achieve optimal health. This focus area includes the science of nursing education, informatics, health policy, and administration. Examples of scholarship and faculty research within the focus of health systems include:

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  • Teaching and learning in web-based courses
  • Clinical reasoning
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  • Health policy and public policy analysis
  • Computer systems to enhance care delivery
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  • Patient care simulations
  • Community-based care coordination
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As a PhD graduate you are well positioned for a successful career as a leader within academic and practice settings. Graduates of the program are expected to:

  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing as well as biological and behavioral sciences to investigate health phenomena.
  • Utilize analytical and empirical methods to extend nursing knowledge and scholarship.
  • Conduct and communicate Independent research that advances the body of scientific knowledge.
  • Defend the social significance of the expanded knowledge base of nursing.
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Past performance is no guarantee of future results, as the old business truism says. But you also may have heard that you can t know where you re going without knowing where you have been.

To get a sense of which industries small businesses are growing in, the analysts at Raleigh, N.C.-headquartered private-company financial-information company Sageworks ran some numbers for Entrepreneur.com. Here s a look at the industries where U.S. companies with $10 million or less in annual sales have shown the highest and lowest percentage change from Jan. 1 to Dec 31, 2012. As a benchmark, the average growth rate across all U.S. small businesses in the time period was 8 percent, says Libby Bierman, an analyst at Sageworks.

Fastest-Growth Industries for U.S. Small Businesses in 2012

  1. Residential building construction: 14.77 percent
  2. Building custom software and servers for businesses: 14.29 percent
  3. Machinery, equipment, and supplies merchant wholesalers: 13.75 percent
  4. Management, scientific, and technical consulting services: 12.31 percent
  5. Architectural, engineering, and related services: 11.40 percent
  6. Foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors: 11.37 percent
  7. Building finishing contractors who make additions, alterations, maintenance and repairs: 11.32 percent
  8. General freight trucking: 10.41 percent
  9. Services to buildings and dwellings, including pest exterminators, janitorial services, and landscaping: 10.11 percent
  10. Other specialty trade contractors, including site preparation activities and other specialized trades: 10.04 percent

Slowest-Growth Industries for U.S. Small Businesses in 2012

  1. Skilled nursing care facilities: -3.29 percent
  2. Printing and related support activities: 1.86 percent
  3. Automotive repair and maintenance: 2.81 percent
  4. Offices of physicians: 3.00 percent
  5. Highway, street, and bridge construction: 4.24 percent
  6. Insurance agencies, brokerages, and other insurance-related activities: 4.32 percent
  7. Lessors of real estate: 5.07 percent
  8. Other miscellaneous manufacturing including jewelry and silverware, sporting and athletic goods, dolls, toys, and games, office supplies other than paper, and signs: 5.55 percent
  9. Offices of health practitioners other than physicians and dentists, including chiropractors, optometrists, mental health practitioners, speech and occupational therapists: 5.98 percent
  10. Other amusement and recreation services including bowling centers, golf courses, and recreational centers: 6.03 percent

The good news for entrepreneurs is that much of the fastest growth is in service businesses, which can be started without a lot of money to buy equipment and inventory, says Bierman. Software development, management consulting and architecture firms have been frontrunners have been for a few years now, says Bierman.

Not all of the businesses on the fastest-growing list are service based. In particular, the residential housing market has just started to recover, and that is supporting businesses related to the construction industry, including foundation and exterior construction and specialty contractors. A lot of construction projects were abandoned during the recession and so part of the bounce in construction is businesses and individuals picking back up old half-finished projects.

Business services and construction are looking strong in the coming years. They provide services that are, maybe not critical, but very much needed by other businesses and people who are trying to even grow their homes, Bierman says. I don t see these industries going anywhere. Maybe their growth rate won t be as high as it has been, but I don t think it will be a decline anytime soon.

A list of the fastest-growing industries for all businesses would include manufacturing, says Bierman, but most successful manufacturers have more than $10 million in annual revenue. Manufacturing as a whole has been something that has pretty positive news lately, she says. If those manufacturers are having pull, the middlemen, or the wholesalers that are transacting those sales, will continue to see growth, too.

During the depths of the recession, many industries were contracting. Now, almost all industries are growing, albeit some at more sluggish rates. The slower-growth companies are not seeing impressive growth rates because they are entrenched in technology that is becoming obsolete, such as printing. But some of those industries are seeing slower growth simply because they have relatively inelastic demand. For example, an economic recession does not change the fact that sick people need to go to the doctor. The growth rate for physician s offices does not typically change drastically.

Overall, the home health-care industry has seen positive growth rates in revenue over the past year as consumers look for an alternative to moving into a nursing care facility, says Bierman. Skilled nursing care facilities come up on this list as a shrinking, but that s partly because of the restrictions placed on the data. For this research, Sageworks included only those businesses with less than $10 million in annual revenue. The decline in skilled nursing care facilities may be an indication that smaller facilities are losing ground to their larger competitors or home health care alternatives, she says.

If you thinking about starting your own business, what industry are you considering and why? Leave a note below and let us know.

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Students and faculty give you a sneak peek at what you ll learn in the Marketing Communications program at Emerson College from the internship opportunities all over Boston to real-life experience in the classroom. Emerson keeps students current with today s industry trends.

How does a person’s cultural background influence his/her consumer behavior? Why does someone choose one brand of flavored water over another? What are the underlying elements of a successful product launch?

These are the kinds of questions you’ll be exploring—and answering—as a student in Emerson’s Department of Marketing Communication. Recently named #5 on the list of top 10 U.S. colleges to get a marketing degree, Emerson will have you working alongside faculty members who are also seasoned marketers. You’ll quickly learn how to apply sophisticated marketing principles in a variety of real-world contexts—from the arts, sports, and entertainment industries to consumer product companies and nonprofits.

While the knowledge and skills you’ll gain in the classroom are pivotal, some of the most valuable experiences and worthwhile collaborations you’ll have at Emerson will happen outside of class. Whether your interests are in strategic marketing, marketing communications, or entrepreneurship, Emerson’s Department of Marketing Communication offers you a curriculum uniquely designed to prepare you as a future marketing leader.


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ABOUT PERITONEAL MESOTHELIOMA: A FORM OF ABDOMINAL MESOTHELIOMA

Viewed as an asbestos related cancer, peritoneal mesothelioma, is the second most common type of mesothelioma, discovered at a rate of around 250 new cases a year, or in about 10-15% of all types of mesothelioma diagnoses.

Where Does Peritoneal Mesothelioma Occur?

Peritoneal mesothelioma occurs in the abdomen, on the surface of the omentum and visceral organs. Because of its relation to the abdomen, peritoneal mesothelioma is also often referred to as abdominal mesothelioma.

Linked to asbestos exposure. the disease is thought to develop when asbestos fibers become trapped in either the trachea or lungs, before eventually being passed into the peritoneum (abdomen).

As the disease develops around the abdominal lining, fluid accumulation occurs – which in turn leads to increased abdominal swelling.

Due to its long latency period, symptoms for abdominal mesothelioma often will not appear for several years after a patient is exposed to asbestos. On average, this latency period can occur anywhere from 25-40 years after the exposure occurs. Contact your healthcare professional immediately if you suspect that you may be experiencing any symptoms associated of mesothelioma.

With this type of mesothelioma, symptoms are a result of fluid accumulation and tumor expansion in and around the peritoneum (abdomen). This often results in the expansion of the abdomen. Other symptoms related to abdominal mesothelioma include:

  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Elevated white blood count

Patients with peritoneal mesothelioma often go undiagnosed until the disease is in its final stages. While treatment is mostly palliative and not curative, doctors and mesothelioma specialists can offer a number of treatment options in order to relieve symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma and possibly extend life expectancy.

  • Peritoneal Surgery. Though not mostly not curative, extended survivals through surgery have been reported by a select group of surgeons who specialize in the treatment of peritoneal mesothelioma
  • Chemotherapy for Peritoneal. Studies have demonstrated that the most active regimen can reduce tumors in 40% of patients and extend life in those that respond to chemotherapy. While it is often no viewed as a curative option, chemotherapy has also been shown to have palliative effects, including reducing shortness of breath, reducing ascites or effusions, reducing pain and improving the quality of life
  • Radiation for Peritoneal Mesothelioma. Radiation has proved to have limited effect as a primary treatment for peritoneal or abdominal mesothelioma. However, as a palliative treatment during and after surgery, it has proven useful in preventing malignant seeding of the incision sites

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Does your A/C-heater blower seem like it’s possessed? Does it quit working for no apparent reason, then come on again just as mysteriously? Does it run only at one speed no matter what the controls say? Does it keep running even when the car is off and the key is out of the ignition? Your problem is most likely a faulty final stage unit.

Based on what I’ve seen here and elsewhere, this is a chronic problem with the E39, but fortunately it’s a relatively cheap and easy fix. There’s a good DIY here. but since questions about it get posted here with regular frequency, I figured it would be a good idea to post one here too. Some of the photos in this post are very large because it’s very helpful to see the details if you have no idea what’s going on here.

BMW calls this thing the “final stage unit;” the parts guys call it a “blower motor resistor.” I’m not sure what the reason for the different terminology is, but it’s the same part. The PNs have changed a couple of times over the years, but as of the date of this posting, what you want is PN 64 11 6 923 204 and there’s a diagram of the system here. As far as I can tell, the same part is used in all E39 models (but you may want to confirm this). Bavarian Autosport has them for about $70, but they’re unfortunately available a lot of places, including the parts counter of your local dealership (I say “unfortunately” because it’s a reflection of how often this thing fails).

For some reason, dealer service departments are notorious for not being able to recognize this issue, and may charge you for hundreds or thousands of dollars of unnecessary repairs without solving the problem. If you don’t feel confident doing this yourself (i.e. you’re the sort of person who is more likely to take an eye out with a screwdriver than a screw), at least bring them this information. Done properly, this is a 15-minute,

This is what you’re replacing:

The silver part of it is a heat sink. I’m not an electrical engineer, but I believe this thing allows the blower controls to change the speed of the blower by altering the current that passes through it. Inside is a bundle of resistors, and by sending the current through a different combination of leads, it creates the proper current to operate the blower at a desired speed. But resistors generate heat (thus the need for a heat sink), and over time, I suspect the constant heat up-cool down cycle degrades the resistors until they no longer produce the right current, and the controller can no longer send the right signals to the blower. Thus, the blower starts acting strangely despite what the controls are doing.

Now, I’ve read a lot of horror stories about how difficult this replacement can be, but I didn’t find it that way at all. This is an extremely simple operation that took me less than 10 minutes. The hardest part was getting myself into a position where I could get at the faulty FSU.

All you need here is a Phillips screwdriver, a flashlight (the one in your glovebox will work fine) and understanding that you’re working with electrical components, not mechanical ones. That means being mindful of how much force you’re using. Nothing in this operation requires any great effort, so if you find yourself needing force things, you’re doing something wrong.

The FSU is behind the dash in the passenger side footwell. You’ll find it easier to work if you pull out the cover under the glovebox. It’s not secured by anything, so just yank it out. The FSU is behind a fabric covered plastic panel on the left side:

You want to unscrew the screw (red circle), then slide the panel backward (see arrow), not out. It’s also held in place by two metal clips that attach to the frame behind it:

Once you’ve got the panel out, lay on your back and look up at the space you’ve just exposed. The FSU is inside there.

Inside the space, you’ll see a plug with 5 colored wires coming out of it. The FSU is the thing the plug is connected to, so you’ve got to get the plug out. The plug is held in place by two clips on the side, and you need to squeeze the clips to free it.

You may find the plug a bit difficult to get out; if so, just wiggle it back and forth until it comes free. Don’t yank it out–you may break one of the wires loose, in which case you’ve just bought yourself an expensive and embarrassing trip to the dealer.

The FSU is itself held in place by another clip at the bottom. You need to push this clip down at the same time you’re pulling the FSU out.

Again, if you’re doing it right, you should not need to force anything. Once free of the clip, the FSU should slide out easily.

You may find all of this easier if you lay on your back in the footwell to get your bearings, then sit up straight, reach under the dash, and do it “by feel.”

Now, surprise, surprise, the part you’ve just removed won’t resemble the new one exactly, since as I mentioned, the PNs have changed a couple of times:

Hmm, could this be because the original version was defective?

Now just slide the new one in the spot the old one came out of. It should slide into place with a “snap” as the clip engages it.

New FSU in place. Note orientation–it will only go in one way. If you’re having trouble getting it in, you’ve probably got it rotated 90 or 180 degrees out of alignment.

Replace the plug, then slide the panel back in the way it came out. Be sure to get both clips into their respective slots, or it will hang loose. Replace the screw.

If you’ve done everything right, your blower should operate normally now. If it’s not, go back in and check the connections. If everything looks right but it still doesn’t work, you may have other problems.

Thank’s for the instructions, my wife has a 2003 530i with 54K miles and her blower stopped working entirely. Here’s a little story.

The A/C stopped blowing air and I hadn’t gotten the BMW manual for it yet so I took it in to the dealership and I figured it would probably just be a simple electrical relay .
They called my wife back telling her ;

1) $440 to fix the blower,
2) The A/C wasn’t as cold as it should be and they needed to replace the dryer – $790
3) The plastic components (bushings) of her suspension were cracking and they could fail if she hit a pothole – $825
4) Her fuel filter needed to be replaces – $325
5) They recommended a fuel injector cleaning – $350
6) Her tires were feathering and she needed a 4 wheel alignment – $350

I went online and found your instructions on how to replace the blower relay. It took 15 minutes to replace and cost $100 for the part. Everything works fine and all the other items were BS not to mention 2 to 3 times what they should be charging for the services.

For once crime didn’t pay.

Oh yeah I forgot, they charged her $135 to tell her how they were going to rip her off. I ordered the manuals yesterday.

Last edited by plockj; 07-19-2006 at 11:45 AM.

07-30-2006, 11:51 AM

Thanks for the great post! I was amazed at the detailed instructions on replacing the FSU.

08-04-2006, 02:40 PM

Thanks a million. Saved me a fortune. I hate to think what the stealership would have charged me. Regards UK member.

08-16-2006, 03:54 PM

Thank you. Saved me from replacing the climate control unit unnessarily (Had a similar problem on my E36 M3 that was the unit). After reading your description, I replaced the unit in under 15 mins with no fuss or drama. It really was nice knowing the details without having to go “diving” under the dash in 90 degree weather.


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  • Avila, Janine T. The dual-capacity doctrine: one way to slay the workers’ compensation immunity dragon. 12 Ohio Trial 29 (Issue 2, 2002)

  • Avila, Janine T. Kissing cousins: the relationship of the dual-capacity doctrine to workers’ compensation. 21 Workers’ Comp. J. of Ohio 61 (Nov./Dec. 2006)

  • Bartman, Douglas, Workplace violence: does it fit within the intentional tort exception to workers’ compensation exclusivity. 76 Clev. Bar J. 28 (Apr. 2005)

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  • Goodman, Jonathan, Workers’ compensation and gradual onset injuries. 15 Ohio Trial 15 (Summer 2005)

  • Gray, David E. “Proximate cause” in the workers’ compensation universe. 21 Workers’ Comp. J. of Ohio 28 (May/June 2006)

  • Harrelson, Laura G. Subrogation rights under Ohio workers’ compensation law. 24 Workers’ Comp. J. of Ohio 32 (Jul./Aug. 2009)

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  • Ross, William L. S. Injuries can send workers’ comp rates soaring: a different perspective. 22 Workers’ Comp. J. of Ohio 13 (Mar./Apr. 2007)

  • Starkoff, Jack R. The Coolidge conundrum: can an employee be terminated while on workers’ comp leave?. 78 Clev. Bar J. 14 (May 2007)

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    2. Station de G n tique et d Am lioration des Plantes, Institut J. P. Bourgin, UR254 INRA, F-78000 Versailles, France
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    A carotenoid-derived hormonal signal that inhibits shoot branching in plants has long escaped identification. Strigolactones are compounds thought to be derived from carotenoids and are known to trigger the germination of parasitic plant seeds and stimulate symbiotic fungi. Here we present evidence that carotenoid cleavage dioxygenase 8 shoot branching mutants of pea are strigolactone deficient and that strigolactone application restores the wild-type branching phenotype to ccd8 mutants. Moreover, we show that other branching mutants previously characterized as lacking a response to the branching inhibition signal also lack strigolactone response, and are not deficient in strigolactones. These responses are conserved in Arabidopsis. In agreement with the expected properties of the hormonal signal, exogenous strigolactone can be transported in shoots and act at low concentrations. We suggest that endogenous strigolactones or related compounds inhibit shoot branching in plants. Furthermore, ccd8 mutants demonstrate the diverse effects of strigolactones in shoot branching, mycorrhizal symbiosis and parasitic weed interaction.

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    The typical affair used to start in the office and move to a seedy motel room, but the vast reach of the Internet has brought infidelity into many couples’ homes over the past decade.

    The growth in steamy chat room conversations and cybersex also has triggered a rethinking of the meaning of infidelity. If there is no physical contact or actual sex, is it still an affair?

    “It’s not just that you’re communicating with someone online but that there is a sexual or emotional nature,” says Katherine Hertlein, PhD, an associate professor at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas who studies online affairs. “With the Internet, we’re moving away from just physical ideas about infidelity and acknowledging emotional infidelity.”

    While there is no universally accepted definition, an Internet affair frequently involves intimate chat sessions and sexually stimulating conversation or cybersex, which may include filming mutual masturbation with a Web camera.

    Several studies suggest that even when there is no in-person contact, online affairs can be just as devastating as the real-world variety, triggering feelings of insecurity, anger and jealousy. Women usually feel more threatened by the emotional betrayal of a partner’s online affair, while men are more concerned about physical encounters, Hertlein says, but the gender differences are lessening.

    “That is starting to even out in part because of the equality of opportunity that the Internet brings to everybody,” she says.

    While men traditionally have been the more unfaithful sex, gender roles are reversing in some cases as more women experience cybersex. “I think there is this bias that women don’t cheat for sexual reasons at all,” Hertlein says. “Women are supposed to be the nurturers and the matriarchs in our society.”

    Due to the secretive nature of online affairs, reliable statistics are hard to find, but a 2005 study of 1,828 Web users in Sweden offers evidence about the prevalence of cybersex and online affairs. Almost a third of the participants reported cybersexual experiences, and people in committed relationships were just as likely to engage in cybersex as those who were single. But gender and age made a difference. While men’s interest in cybersex decreased with age, women’s interest increased slightly, with 37 percent of women age 35 to 49 reporting cybersexual experiences compared with only a quarter of men in the same age group (Archives of Sexual Behavior. Vol. 34, No. 3).

    A 2008 Australian study offers more insight into Internet affairs. It found that of 183 adults who were currently or recently in a relationship, more than 10 percent had formed intimate online relationships, 8 percent had experienced cybersex and 6 percent had met their Internet partners in person (Australian Journal of Counselling Psychology. Vol. 9, No. 2). More than half of the respondents believed an online relationship constituted unfaithfulness, with the numbers climbing to 71 percent for cybersex and 82 percent for in-person meetings.

    Kimberly Young, PhD, who directs the Center for Internet Addiction Recovery in Bradford, Pa. says about half of the couples in her practice are seeking counseling because of online affairs or excessive use of online pornography. Young sees more women who are online cheaters, in part, she says, because women gravitate toward erotic chats and webcam sessions while men often are drawn to pornography.

    “The Internet is opening up these new ways of exploring your sexuality and that includes infidelity,” she says.

    Right under your nose

    Americans now spend as much time online as they do watching TV — about 13 hours a week. While TV viewing has remained fairly constant, time spent surfing the Web has increased more than 120 percent over the last five years. With the burgeoning use of the Internet, many practitioners are seeing more couples because of online affairs and are addressing new issues in therapy, psychologists say.

    “It starts in the home, which is very different than most affairs. It starts right under your roof,” says Elaine Ducharme, PhD, a psychologist in Glastonbury, Conn. who specializes in cybersex addictions. “You can’t usually get rid of your computer in the house. Every time you walk by, you’re asking yourself if he or she is using it for an affair.”

    While most relationships are hampered by such workday realities as household chores and paying the bills, online relationships exist in an electronic nether world where strangers can construct their own identities, Hertlein says. “On the Internet, you can be whoever you want to be. You can type, backspace, delete. You don’t have to be this constrained person you think you should be.”

    Fantasy also is a huge factor in online affairs, and fantasy always trumps reality. “Your primary partner will never be able to compare with the fantasy partner,” Hertlein says. “They will never win.”

    According to Young, people with low self-esteem, a distorted body image, an untreated sexual dysfunction or a prior sexual addiction are more at risk to develop addictions to cybersex or online pornography.

    Therapy can be more complicated if the cheating partner doesn’t believe his or her online activities qualify as an affair, Ducharme says. “The excuses are, ‘I didn’t have sex with this person. I didn’t go out and see anybody or catch any diseases,’” she says. “But the other partner often feels such an emotional betrayal that they are going through the same feelings as if their partner was having a real affair.”

    Online affairs can contribute to divorce and child custody fights as the involved partner becomes more enmeshed in the online relationship. A 2008 article in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (Vol. 34, No. 4) by Hertlein and a colleague reviewed eight studies of Internet affairs and documented many negative effects from online romances, including less interest in sex in the committed relationship and neglect of work and time with children. Almost two-thirds of the participants in one study reported they had met and had sex with their Internet partners; only 44 percent of them reported using condoms.

    Reasons behind cheating

    Several studies have focused on the “AAA engine” that drives online affairs, namely accessibility, affordability and anonymity. “The Internet is extremely accessible no matter where you are,” Hertlein says. “You could be at home or at work or sitting on the couch with your partner chatting to someone online.”

    As costs for Internet access have dropped, online affairs are also very affordable. They can be easy to conceal, as long as the cheating partner deletes the Web browser history and any incriminating e-mails. “It’s really difficult to track what your partner is doing,” Hertlein says. “There aren’t receipts for hotels or dinners or excursions.” With the faceless nature of the Internet, anonymity also is easy to come by. People often feel more comfortable revealing intimate details of their lives to relative strangers because the relationship exists only in cyberspace, Ducharme says. “Things happen so quickly online,” she says. “Some people really begin to think the other person is in love with them. They develop this intimacy and fantasy relationship. The cool thing about fantasy relationships is they don’t require any work.”

    Therapy is similar for online or traditional affairs, with couples working on issues of trust, betrayal and forgiveness. Hertlein also encourages couples to use the Internet to strengthen their relationships by enjoying pornography sites together or visiting websites for ideas about romantic dates or new sexual skills.

    After an Internet affair, couples often need to move the home computer to a public space, such as the living room, and install tracking or blocking software, Ducharme says. But to build lasting trust, couples must dig deeper in therapy.

    “In terms of treatment, the first step is about the individual taking responsibility for the online affair,” she says. “But the couple also needs to examine what was happening in their marriage that led to one of them cheating online.”

    Brendan L. Smith is a writer in Washington, D.C.


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    Lightspeed Business Solutions Ltd. provides document management solutions. It offers data capture services; paper scanning, book scanning, and large format services; Alchemy Edition, a document management software; PdfCompressor 6.5, a PDF compression tool; Docarchiver, a server level tool to convert and verify PDFs to the ISO PDF/A standards; Maestro Recognition Server, a server-based PDF and OCR solution; and Trapeze, a solution for automated forms processing. The company also provides ImageSilo for secure online document archiving; PaperVision Enterprise that enables users to organize, store, and retrieve information; and PaperVision Capture, an information capture solution. In addition.

    Lightspeed Business Solutions Ltd. provides document management solutions. It offers data capture services; paper scanning, book scanning, and large format services; Alchemy Edition, a document management software; PdfCompressor 6.5, a PDF compression tool; Docarchiver, a server level tool to convert and verify PDFs to the ISO PDF/A standards; Maestro Recognition Server, a server-based PDF and OCR solution; and Trapeze, a solution for automated forms processing. The company also provides ImageSilo for secure online document archiving; PaperVision Enterprise that enables users to organize, store, and retrieve information; and PaperVision Capture, an information capture solution. In addition, it offers integration, installation, and implementation services. It offers its products for invoice processing, records management, pharmaceutical, and retail distribution review applications. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Woodley, United Kingdom. As of October 26, 2015, Lightspeed Business Solutions Ltd. operates as a subsidiary of Kefron Group Limited.

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    Health marketing and communication is an emerging field that draws from traditional marketing theories and principles. Health marketing is defined as creating, communication and delivering health information and interventions using customer-centered and science based strategies to protect and promote the health of diverse populations.

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    Marketing is the process by which products are used to meet human or social needs. By acting as the link between vendors and consumers, marketing is an essential part of the exchange of goods and services. The fundamental aspects of marketing are the same whether they meet the need for a commercial product or a public health service. Therefore, health marketing is a form of traditional marketing.

    For both traditional marketing and health marketing, the end user of a product or service is called a consumer and a group of consumers is referred to as a market . Characteristics of the market are considered at every stage in the marketing process, including the initial development of a product.

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    Marketing mix is a term used to describe the integration of four fundamental marketing elements, which are sometimes called the four Ps :

    • Product: the item, good or service that is being provided that delivers benefits to those who consume it; includes quality, packaging, design and brand name
    • Price: monetary and non-monetary costs to the market
    • Place: channels and locations where the product can be obtained
    • Promotion: direct communication, publicity and advertising

    Each of these four components should be present in a marketing plan. However, it is the science of correctly using these elements in combination with one another that provides the effective marketing mix . Essentially, to be effective a product must be tailored to customer needs, priced realistically, distributed through convenient channels, and actively promoted to customers. *

    A Traditional Marketing Example

    A soft drink company creates a new product under its brand name. To efficiently market the new drink, the product is advertised in the local papers with coupons that offer a price reduction. The company distributes the new drink with their existing products so that it is available at every major grocery store in the country. Here is how this company used the marketing mix:

    • Product: new soft drink; released as part of existing brand
    • Price: reduced price for introductory period
    • Place: widely distributed to convenient locations
    • Promotion: advertisements in local papers

    A Health Marketing Example

    The CDC develops a new rapid HIV testing kit that provides results in half the time of current tests. To efficiently market the new product, the testing kits are announced by the national media and medical journals. The CDC sends free samples of the new testing kits to each of the state health departments, who deliver them to local health departments, clinics and hospitals. Here is how the CDC used the marketing mix:

    • Product: new HIV testing kit; released by a credible research agency
    • Price: free for trial use
    • Place: widely and evenly distributed throughout states using state and local health departments
    • Promotion: national media publicizes to public; journals inform medical community

    As demonstrated in these examples, each of the marketing mix elements must be present in the marketing process. Tailoring the elements to match the target market and using each component in coordination with one another leads to a successful marketing mix.

    Marketing and Exchange

    One of the fundamental aspects of marketing is exchange. Individuals pay a price (money) for goods or services in the traditional definition of an exchange. In health marketing, the exchange often involves a non-monetary price, such as effort or time.

    As this example shows, different markets can value the same exchanges differently. Because senior citizens and teenagers have varying priorities and often use the same channels for different activities, they have opposite views of what constitutes an equal exchange. Understanding the specific market for each product or service is essential to effective marketing.

    Choosing a Target Market

    A critical decision in marketing is choosing the target market for the product. A target market is a specific group of people who have similar needs, preferences and behaviors. Once a target market is selected by the marketer, a marketing plan is developed to match the characteristics of the target market. There can be one or more target with corresponding marketing plans for each. Choosing a target market is a first step in making appropriate distribution and promotion decisions. It is only through an understanding of the target market that one can develop an effective marketing plan and create value for customers.

    There are several important steps in choosing a target market:

    • Clearly define who the individuals are that make up the market you are analyzing. These are people who share a common need for your product, including people who may not yet be aware of that need.
    • For example, if you want to design a campaign to encourage people to get tested for diabetes, the market for the testing procedure includes mainly people who are not yet aware that they may have the disease.
    • Determine the characteristics that you will use to categorize the people within the defined market. Some common ways to categorize, or segment, people are. age, gender, ethnicity, geographical location, education level, income level, risk factors, etc.
    • Following with the diabetes example above, imagine that you want to market the diabetes testing to young adults. You may know from your research about diabetes that the disease occurs more commonly among low-income populations and individuals with lower levels of formal education. In addition, if your intervention program is only offered in one city, such as Chicago, your market is reduced further. In this example, you could segment the larger market and select a target market of 17 – 24 year old individuals who live in low-income areas of Chicago and did not finish high school.

    For this example, only one target market was selected. However, many marketing efforts choose more than one target market. The decision of how many target markets to select often depends on the amount of resources you have for the project. More target markets require more resources.

    • Now that you have chosen a clear target market, it is time to better understand the individuals in this group. Through research you can determine the characteristics and behaviors of the group. There are many marketing resources that provide research information on different markets. If you select a market that does not have a large amount of existing research, you can conduct new studies through surveys, focus groups and other methods of collecting data directly from the market.
    • Some things to consider when analyzing a market include: what media they use; what they do with the leisure time (television shoes, music, websites); how they communicate with one another; what languages they speak, including slang words; what their opinions and knowledge are about the target health issue (such as diabetes in the above example); what their values are; etc.

    In order to avoid stereotypes, you must use research and evidenced-based information to build your analysis. Many times the research of these markets reveals that their beliefs and behavior are much different than could be predicted.

    A complete analysis of the target markets will result in choosing an effective target market and then, an informed development of marketing plan(s).

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    When the American Cancer Society began a century ago, palliative care meant making cancer patients as comfortable as possible in the days that remained to them post-diagnosis; in other words, it was synonymous with end-of-life care. Today, our ability to treat and in some cases cure cancer has led to the expansion of the term palliative care it now encompasses pain relief during and after treatment, management of side effects, among other issues affecting cancer patients and their families, and is no longer specific to terminal cancer.

    Nearly 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer in 2013. On top of that, there are an estimated 13.7 million cancer survivors living in the US. By 2022, that number is expected to rise to almost 18 million. These survivors face a variety of physical, social, psychological, financial, and spiritual issues during treatment and sometimes for the rest of their lives. The American Cancer Society supports quality of life and survivorship research to lessen the negative effects of cancer and its treatment and to improve the lives of cancer survivors and their families.

    The Society is currently funding more than $26 million for cancer survivorship and quality of life research. These efforts include:

    Relieving Cancer Pain

    Of the nearly 1.7 million people diagnosed with cancer each year, about 60% experience pain during treatment. Pain persists for a third of all cancer patients after treatment ends, resulting in significant physical limitations, sleep problems, and diminished quality of life.

    The prevalence of pain is particularly high among lung cancer patients who receive thoracic surgery, a life-saving procedure frequently used to treat lung cancer. Society-funded researcher Barbara Hastie, PhD, is studying pain in patients undergoing thoracic surgery for lung cancer with the goal to develop a model to predict who is at higher risk for acute pain or chronic pain after surgery. Such a tool could provide the insight needed to more effectively prevent and treat pain.

    Managing Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

    All cancer treatments come with the risk of side effects. For the vast majority of patients, that means dealing with at least some of those effects during and possibly after treatment. While certain side effects can be easily recognized and treated for example, nausea and vomiting, low blood counts and diarrhea others, such as sexual problems and fatigue, aren t as easy to remedy.

    In collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and the American College of Surgeons, Tenbroeck Smith, director of patient reported outcomes research in the Behavioral Research Center, has initiated the Patient Reported Outcomes Symptom and Side-Effects Study (PROSSES) to address the Society goal of establishing and implementing a process to measure the effective control of pain, other symptoms, and side effects for those who have been affected by cancer. In 2012 PROSSES got federal approval and entered the field at 17 hospitals across the U.S. In 2013, the study will complete recruitment of 2,200 patients and begin producing results.

    Men treated for prostate cancer often must cope with long-term sexual side effects of treatment. Through detailed interviews with men and their partners, Society grantee Daniela Wittmann, MSW, will study how men and their partners cope with sexual recovery after surgery for prostate cancer and how they view their partner s role in the recovery process. Using that knowledge, researchers will develop strategies to support couples who want to restore intimacy after prostate cancer treatment.

    Society-funded researchers are also studying the most common side effect of treatment: fatigue, which affects anywhere from 70% to 100% of patients. For instance, John Merriman, MS, is researching whether changes in genes involved in inflammation put breast cancer patients at risk for severe attentional fatigue, a type of fatigue that diminishes a person s ability to concentrate for a sustained period of time. The hope is doctors would provide proper guidance to patients at high risk for attentional fatigue. New drug targets could also be identified to help reduce the symptom s severity.

    Improving the Lives of Children and Young Adults With Cancer

    More children are surviving cancer than ever before thanks to major treatment advances in recent decades. In the mid-1970s, fewer than 60% survived 5 years or more. Today, more than 8 out of 10 children do. But the treatments responsible for saving lives can result in lasting health problems.

    Children with a type of brain tumor called medulloblastoma are often treated with radiation to the brain, a treatment that can cause problems such as personality changes, trouble learning at school, and memory loss. Society grantee Shahab Asgharzadeh, MD, is developing a gene expression tool to predict which children can be cured with chemotherapy alone, thus sparing them the brain-damaging effects of radiation.

    Fertility problems are another long-term effect of treatment faced by young survivors. Society-funded researcher Jessica Gorman, PhD, is using the experiences of female cancer patients ages 16 to 30 to develop a culturally appropriate reproductive questionnaire that includes a specific set of questions to measure fertility concerns. The hope is healthcare providers will use the questionnaire to identify patients with fertility concerns in order to connect them with support and information.

    Studies of Cancer Survivors

    Research supported by the Society has added to our understanding of the physical and psychosocial effects of cancer on survivors. But there is still much to learn and more to do. That s why the Society is collecting information about the quality of life of more than 15,000 cancer survivors nationwide through the Studies of Cancer Survivors surveys. Society researchers hope to identify the needs of long-term survivors and design programs and interventions to improve their quality of life.

    A recent analysis using data from the Studies of Cancer Survivors showed that survivors in this study were generally not compliant with Society guidelines in the areas of nutrition and physical activity, but were compliant with the recommendation to avoid tobacco. While 80-90% indicated that they do not smoke, less than half of the survivors reported meeting the physical activity recommendation, and only 20% met the nutritional recommendation for fruit and vegetables consumption. The study also showed that those who were not compliant with any recommendations had the lowest overall quality of life, while those meeting all three recommendations had the highest quality of life.

    As the number of cancer survivors continues to grow, finding ways to help them live well will become increasingly important. The Society is committed to continuing its efforts in this area.

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    A jury in Alabama delivered a blow to AseraCare on Thursday in a case seeking to determine whether the hospice provider admitted Medicare beneficiaries who were not eligible for end-of-life care in order to pull in more dollars.

    The jury examined whether individual medical records supported 121 hospice claims and found 104 of those claims to be false or unsupported, sources close to the case said Thursday. The case will now move to a second phase in which the jury will examine whether AseraCare knowingly submitted false claims. Such knowledge, or at least reckless disregard for the truth, is required to prove liability in False Claims Act cases.

    The trial could leave AseraCare on the hook for $200 million in damages, which would make it the largest False Claims Act case ever involving a hospice provider, according to one whistle-blower attorney who is closely following the case.

    Attempts to reach AseraCare and its attorneys for comment were not immediately successful Thursday afternoon.

    AseraCare, a subsidiary of Plano, Texas-based Golden Living, which operates in 19 states, has fought the allegations in court documents, saying, in part, that reasonable minds can differ in assessing whether a person is eligible for hospice care. Federal law requires two physicians to certify that a person is likely to live no longer than six more months before that person can be eligible for hospice care .

    The prognostication of death by a physician is a complex, highly variable and inexact process under the best of circumstances, a fact recognized both by Medicare and in the clinical literature, according to a brief AseraCare filed in the case.

    But attorneys say Thursday’s jury decision is a major victory for the government and the whistle-blowers who filed the complaint that triggered the federal investigation.

    Mary Inman, a partner with Constantine Cannon who represents whistle-blowers, noted that the jury reached its conclusion even though it was only allowed to see part of the evidence. The judge in the case made the unusual move of dividing the case into two parts one addressing whether the claims were false, and the other whether the false claims were knowingly submitted. Normally, liability is decided in just one part of a False Claims Act case, although damages may be decided in another, Inman said.

    The deck was definitely stacked against [the government] in this trial, in that the jury was only allowed to see such a narrow sliver of the evidence, and even with that sliver, the fact that they found that the overwhelming majority of claims were false is great, Inman said.

    She said she wouldn’t be surprised if AseraCare chooses to settle now rather than face potential damages after the second phase of the trial.

    She also said the case could cause hospice providers to change their business practices.

    It sends a very strong signal to the for-profit hospice industry that they need to be very careful in who is making their eligibility determinations, and that they’re doing that in a way that complies with all of the government standards, and there’s not undue influence being exerted on medical doctors and others making those determinations, Inman said.

    Once beneficiaries enter hospice care they also generally must give up curative care, she noted, calling it egregious that some beneficiaries who might have benefited from curative care may have given it up for inappropriate hospice care.

    But Mark Silberman, a partner at Duane Morris who has represented hospices in fraud investigations, said there’s another potential concern when the government makes judgments about hospice eligibility after the fact. He said it’s important to evaluate the decision to admit a patient to hospice with the information that was available at the time that decision was made.

    I think the worst-case scenario is that people who would benefit from hospice may not have it available because conscientious hospice providers might be concerned that the reasonableness of their decisions will be questioned, and that the consequences could be dire, Silberman said.

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    Finding the Right Hospice Provider

    Today, one in three people in the United States choose hospice care when they are dying because it is a preferable alternative to being in a hospital. Hospice is a type of care that provides comfort and support to patients who are terminally ill, allowing them to spend their final days surrounded by their family and friends. Patients referred to hospice care usually have a life expectancy of six months or less, so the goal is to improve the overall quality of their final months. There is a special emphasis on ameliorating a patient’s physical pain and discomfort, while simultaneously dealing with the emotional and spiritual impact of the disease on the patient and his/her family. Choosing a hospice provider can seem like an overwhelming task—especially when dealing with the imminent death of a loved one—but it is critical that you make an informed decision. Here are the most significant factors to consider as you weigh your options:

    Services Provided. One of the most important aspects to think about first is the type of services that a patient needs and wants. Depending on the patient’s circumstances and need of care, hospice agencies offer many specialized services to help patients and their families, such as nursing care or counseling. Other services, such as speech pathology, are often not provided by a hospice staff, but they will often coordinate with you and a third party to ensure the needs of each patient are adequately met. Use this filter to find hospice providers that offer the services that are most important to your loved one.

    Location. Hospice care can take place in hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities, but in most cases, it will be in a person’s home. The location of the nursing staff is particularly important in case a patient has a crisis or needs care immediately. Therefore, you should find out how far away the on-call nurses at a hospice agency live from the patient. Location could play a big part in how responsive a hospice agency will be to a patient’s needs, so it is recommended to pick a provider that has staff members living close by.

    Level of Care. An additional element to consider is the level of care offered by a hospice provider. Some hospice agencies provide only routine home care, while others can provide comfort care, respite care, and inpatient care. Comfort care is designed for patients who have disorders, diseases, or symptoms that cannot be controlled or maintained with routine home care. This type of care requires hospice staff to stay with a patient from eight hours to 24 hours at a time. On the other hand, respite care is temporary and is usually needed when a family member or caregiver needs a break from taking care of a patient around-the-clock. Inpatient care is another type of care, where a patient is admitted to a nursing home or hospital for a brief period of time until their health becomes more stabilized.

    The decision to stop curative treatment and place someone in hospice care is never an easy one. Nevertheless, it’s important to pick a provider that will meet the needs of you and your loved one.

    Services Provided

    These are services that the hospice will provide, either through its staff or through a 3rd party arrangement. You will want to choose a hospice provider that will offer the specialized services that your loved one requires. Some services are widely offered by most hospice staffs, such as nursing care or counseling. Other services, such as speech pathology, are often not provided by a hospice staff, but they will often coordinate with you and a 3rd party to ensure such service needs are met.
    Use our comparison to find hospices that offer any of the following list of services. Make sure to check with each potential hospice to get details on how and when each service is provided, and to inquire about any more specialized services that you may need.

    • Nursing Services
    • Home Health Aide
    • Medical Supply Services
    • Medical Social Services
    • Counseling Services
    • Short Term Inpatient Services
    • Physician Services
    • Homemaker Services
    • Physical Terapy
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Speech Pathology
    • Spiritual Support
    • Trained Volunteer Support

    The chart above displays the percentage breakdown of services provided across all Hospices on HealthGrove.





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    Spotlight on End-of-Life and Palliative Care Research

    As the lead NIH Institute for end-of-life research, NINR supports science to assist individuals, families, and health care professionals in managing the symptoms of life limiting conditions and planning for end-of-life decisions. NINR also recognizes that high-quality, evidence-based palliative care is a critical component of maintaining quality of life at any stage of illness, not just at the end of life. Activities in this area address issues such as: relieving symptoms and suffering; and understanding decision-making by patients, caregivers, and provider. For more information about this research area, please visit www.ninr.nih.gov/eolpc-theme.

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    End-of-Life and Palliative Needs of Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) with Serious Illnesses (R01 . R21 ), Expiration Date: January 8, 2019

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    Mechanisms, Models, Measurement Management in Pain Research (R01 . R21 ), Expiration Date: May 8, 2019

    Building Evidence: Effective Palliative/End of Life Care Interventions (R01 ), Expiration Date: June 11, 2019

    Research on Informal and Formal Caregiving for Alzheimer s Disease (R01 . R21 ), Expiration Date: September 8, 2019

    Research Project Grant (Parent R01 ), Expiration Date: May 8, 2019

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    Alabama hospice company AseraCare loses first round of False Claims trial –

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    Hospice company AseraCare loses first round of False Claims trial

    Hospice company AseraCare loses first round of False Claims trial

    A jury in Alabama delivered a blow to AseraCare on Thursday in a case seeking to determine whether the hospice provider admitted Medicare beneficiaries who were not eligible for end-of-life care in order to pull in more dollars.

    The jury examined whether individual medical records supported 121 hospice claims and found 104 of those claims to be false or unsupported, sources close to the case said Thursday. The case will now move to a second phase in which the jury will examine whether AseraCare knowingly submitted false claims. Such knowledge, or at least reckless disregard for the truth, is required to prove liability in False Claims Act cases.

    The trial could leave AseraCare on the hook for $200 million in damages, which would make it the largest False Claims Act case ever involving a hospice provider, according to one whistle-blower attorney who is closely following the case.

    Attempts to reach AseraCare and its attorneys for comment were not immediately successful Thursday afternoon.

    AseraCare, a subsidiary of Plano, Texas-based Golden Living, which operates in 19 states, has fought the allegations in court documents, saying, in part, that reasonable minds can differ in assessing whether a person is eligible for hospice care. Federal law requires two physicians to certify that a person is likely to live no longer than six more months before that person can be eligible for hospice care .

    The prognostication of death by a physician is a complex, highly variable and inexact process under the best of circumstances, a fact recognized both by Medicare and in the clinical literature, according to a brief AseraCare filed in the case.

    But attorneys say Thursday’s jury decision is a major victory for the government and the whistle-blowers who filed the complaint that triggered the federal investigation.

    Mary Inman, a partner with Constantine Cannon who represents whistle-blowers, noted that the jury reached its conclusion even though it was only allowed to see part of the evidence. The judge in the case made the unusual move of dividing the case into two parts one addressing whether the claims were false, and the other whether the false claims were knowingly submitted. Normally, liability is decided in just one part of a False Claims Act case, although damages may be decided in another, Inman said.

    The deck was definitely stacked against [the government] in this trial, in that the jury was only allowed to see such a narrow sliver of the evidence, and even with that sliver, the fact that they found that the overwhelming majority of claims were false is great, Inman said.

    She said she wouldn’t be surprised if AseraCare chooses to settle now rather than face potential damages after the second phase of the trial.

    She also said the case could cause hospice providers to change their business practices.

    It sends a very strong signal to the for-profit hospice industry that they need to be very careful in who is making their eligibility determinations, and that they’re doing that in a way that complies with all of the government standards, and there’s not undue influence being exerted on medical doctors and others making those determinations, Inman said.

    Once beneficiaries enter hospice care they also generally must give up curative care, she noted, calling it egregious that some beneficiaries who might have benefited from curative care may have given it up for inappropriate hospice care.

    But Mark Silberman, a partner at Duane Morris who has represented hospices in fraud investigations, said there’s another potential concern when the government makes judgments about hospice eligibility after the fact. He said it’s important to evaluate the decision to admit a patient to hospice with the information that was available at the time that decision was made.

    I think the worst-case scenario is that people who would benefit from hospice may not have it available because conscientious hospice providers might be concerned that the reasonableness of their decisions will be questioned, and that the consequences could be dire, Silberman said.

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