Leaders provide guidance into the complexities of hospice care

Tina Marrelli’s updated fourth edition of Hospice & Palliative Care Handbook: Quality, Compliance, and Reimbursement is designed as an interdisciplinary resource for hospice

INDIANAPOLIS—A central tenet of hospice and palliative care is that people have the right to die with dignity and comfort. In this much-anticipated fourth edition of Hospice & Palliative Care Handbook from Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma), author Tina Marrelli continues a holistic approach to the topic and updates members of the interdisciplinary group (IDG) on the latest standards, best practices, and effective care planning. 

Specifically designed as a resource for IDG members to keep and carry for easy reference, the award-winning Hospice & Palliative Care Handbook provides important foundational information about hospice care. Consistent tabs make it easy to flip through and locate needed information. Marrelli and contributing author Jennifer Kennedy deftly delve into the nuances of the Medicare Hospice Benefit, providing valuable insights for effective practice and operations across hospice care settings. One of the key drivers for coverage and care remains one of the most time-consuming, complex, and problematic—documentation. In this new edition, the authors provide samples, patient examples, and other strategies for meeting the numerous requirements related to patient documentation. The authors also address these fundamentals as well as why documentation is key to care coverage, compliance, and quality for hospice patients and organizations. Other topics include care planning, managing and coordinating hospice care, and guidelines for care with diagnoses, possible interventions, and desired outcomes.  

New to this fourth edition are frailty and geriatric care, imminent death of the patient, pediatric care considerations, skin and wound care guidelines, and others. Robust details on symptoms and staging scales, age-friendly practices, and other tools are embedded with evidence-based care. Completely revised and improved, this time-tested, easy-to-understand-and-apply text remains the go-to reference for hospice.  

“This book is a perfect blend of compassion and competence that addresses the core values of care, the interdisciplinary team, self-care of staff, and the needs of an aging society,” said Betty Ferrell, PhD, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN, professor and director of nursing research at City of Hope Medical Center and principal investigator for End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium. 

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Hospice & Palliative Care Handbook: Quality, Compliance, and Reimbursement, Fourth Edition
By Tina M. Marrelli, MSN, MA, RN, FAAN, with Jennifer Kennedy, EdD, BSN, RN, CHC
Published by Sigma, 2023
ISBN-13: 9781646480852  
EPUB ISBN: 9781646480869  
PDF ISBN: 9781646480876
Price: US $49.95
Trade paperback, 326 pages
Trim size: 5 3/8 x 8 3/8

About the authors:

TINA. M. MARRELLI, MSN, MA, RN, FAAN, is the author of over 10 award-winning books. She is an international consultant specializing in home care and hospice and is the President of Marrelli & Associates, Inc., a publishing and consulting firm working in healthcare and technology for over 25 years. 

JENNIFER KENNEDY, EdD, BSN, RN, CHC, is the Vice President for Quality, Standards, and Compliance at Community Health Accreditation Partner (CHAP) and is a nationally recognized hospice expert. She has more than 35 years of experience as a leader and nurse in diverse healthcare settings and has worked in hospice and palliative care for more than 25 years. 

About Sigma:

The Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (Sigma) is a nonprofit organization with the mission of developing nurse leaders anywhere to improve healthcare everywhere. Founded in 1922, Sigma has more than 100,000 active members and 600 chapters at institutions of higher education and healthcare partners from Armenia, Australia, and Botswana to Thailand, the United States, and Wales. Sigma members include clinical nurses and administrators, academic nurse educators and researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and others working to fulfill the organization’s vision of connected, empowered nurse leaders transforming global healthcare. 

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