Category: End-of-Life

FHPCA’s House Bill 539 Passes Subcommittee Hearing

Today, FHPCA’s House Bill 539- “An Act Relating to Hospices” passed the Florida House Health Innovation Subcommittee. This bill addresses quality measures, prescription drug disposal after a patient’s death, and palliative care services to non-hospice, seriously ill patients. Here’s the … Continue reading


Registration for 2017 Forum is Open

Video: Our Forum Planning Committee is preparing for you!   Our Forum Website is now live and you can register for your spot at FHPCA’s Annual Forum! Whether you are a seasoned hospice professional or have just begun your career … Continue reading


Florida Hospices Enact Storm Emergency Plans to Keep Patients Safe

In a span of a month, two hurricanes have battered Florida’s coast. Recently, Hurricane Matthew left the Northeast Coast with damaged homes, fallen trees, dangerous flooding, and power outages. Severe weather can come to our doorstep at anytime and that’s … Continue reading


What is Palliative Care?

  Charles Suggs lII, MD Medical Director of Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care So you have heard about palliative care, but are unsure of what it is. Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is specialized medical care for people with serious … Continue reading


Demystify the World of End of Life Dreams

This month the New York Times  contributor Jane Hoffman delves into the centuries old curiosity surrounding dreams and visions for patients at the end of their life. It’s an area of interest that has been documented for thousands of years,  even … Continue reading


New Florida Licensure Requirements

Are you renewal ready? The Florida Department of Health has changed the license renewal process, and clinicians are now required to report continuing education (CE) and continuing medical education (CME) course completions prior to license renewal. To view licensing requirements by … Continue reading


Get Your Affairs in Order – Before It’s Too Late

 By Avow It was a beautiful day in May when Jessica received the call informing her that her father had succumbed to a fatal heart attack. “Dad” was 77 and apparently suffering from undetected heart disease. The loss came as … Continue reading


November is Hospice Month

November is Hospice & Palliative Care Month (read Governor Scott’s proclamation) and a great time to learn more about the wonderful services hospice and palliative care provides patients and families. What is hospice and palliative care?  Hospice and palliative care … Continue reading


Response to CBS’s 60 Minute report “Ending Life”

By Paul Ledford, President & CEO, FHPCA In 2010, Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association adopted a position in opposition to physician-assisted suicide. It is our commitment to the value of life and to the optimization of the quality of … Continue reading


FHPCA’s Response to Huffington Post Article

The recent article, “How Dying Became a Multibillion-Dollar Industry” published by the Huffington Post, spoke on the increasing business of hospice care. This article attempted to prove that hospice is turning big business and quality of patient care is suffering … Continue reading


What is Private Duty Care?

by Joyce Baldrica, President and CEO of the VNA of the Treasure Coast and Nightingale Private Duty Nursing     Do you, a loved one, or a neighbor feel unsafe at home due to a medical condition or age-related issues? … Continue reading


Hospice: Helping Patients Live Well

By: Paul A. Ledford, CAE, CHA, Executive Director of   Florida Hospice & Palliative Care Association   When you think of hospice, do you think of life? Chances are probably not. Often people think of hospice as a place you … Continue reading


Guiding a Patient’s End-of-Life Journey with Hospice

By: Vicki Arant, RN, BSN, Vice President of Clinical Services, Hospice of the Comforter   When someone is diagnosed with a terminal illness, where do they and their loved ones turn for support? A hospice cares for patients and families on … Continue reading