HOSPICE HIGHLIGHT: Luther Manor Hospice in Wauwatosa, WI

HOSPICE HIGHLIGHT: Luther Manor Hospice in Wauwatosa, WI

We are lucky enough to work with hospices across the nation each day, and it is clear to us that no two hospices are the same.  There are distinct qualities that differentiate one hospice from the next and it is our goal to highlight these qualities.

MYTHS ABOUT HOSPICE CARE

MYTHS ABOUT HOSPICE CARE

THERE ARE PLENTY OF FALSE RUMORS ABOUT WHAT GOES ON IN THE HOSPICE WORLD. I would like to take this opportunity to poke holes in all of the false claims and rumors that exist about hospice care and everything associated with hospice.

What does hospice do about insulin?!

What does hospice do about insulin?!

What does hospice do about insulin?

Insulin is one of those controversial hospice medications when it comes to deciding coverage. However, let’s think through this more systematically and objectively…

Medication Reviews!!

Medication Reviews!!

Big changes are coming, folks!

So for those of you who don’t send us patient med sheets on a regular basis, I strongly encourage you to do so!

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Local Pharmacy

Did you know that Palliative Drug Care prefers local pharmacies?


PDCRx believes in paying the pharmacy fairly as well as building a connection with the pharmacy.

We have worked with pharmacies across the country and have been referred by such pharmacies to hospices nationwide time and time again. PDCRx is not limited by the current pharmacies we have in our network and has the ability to increase our network of available pharmacies for your hospice. We are open, willing, and excited to working with all pharmacies as we, as well as your hospice, grow. We will work with you to select the best pharmacy options as well as the best pharmacy charges.
 

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How Can We Contain Non-Hospice Scripts

Does your hospice have problems when working with Facilities and what process do you have for fixing it?…

Have you ever experienced this scenario:
It’s time to review your hospice invoice and notice that your COPD patient in the long-term care facility has apparently been ordered non-hospice covered medications that aren’t congruent with the Hospice Plan of Care related to the patient’s terminal lung condition…

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Melody Myers

Clinical Assistant

Meet our wonderful Melody! She has been a crucial piece of the PDC team since 2010. Throughout this time, she has learned a lot about the company, and she looks forward to continuing her growth with PDC while investing her time into its future. She was first a huge help on our PDC Customer Service Team, and now she is now a Clinical Assistant to our Doctor of Pharmacy. Mel, as we like to call her, was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She graduated from Memorial High School. She has a wonderful daughter and is a proud grandmother of two grandkids, both girls. In her spare time, she enjoys reading a good book, dancing, and hanging out with friends and family. A fun fact about Mel is that her family is a descendent of the great novelist, Nathanial Hawthorne.

Thank you for all that you do Melody! We sure appreciate you!

Just For Fun…

Are you having a hard time coping with the hospice journey?

Whether you are a hospice nurse, someone that was recently diagnosed, a patient currently in hospice or about to be, or a family member trying to cope through this time- no matter where you find yourself in the hospice journey... these should be comforting resources.
 
  • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
    • This book is a memoir written by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis who attempts to answer the question, “What makes a life worth living?”
 
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
    • Here is a great read for hospice staff. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, addresses his profession's ultimate limitation, arguing that quality of life is the desired goal for patients and families.
 
 
 

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Did you know that PDCRx provides Clinical Material for you and your hospice team?


In each newsletter we produce, we include a “Clinical Pearl” or educational material covering a wide range of topics. We then turn the Clinical Pearl into a PowerPoint that can be easily shared with your hospice team to further education. Developed by the PDCRx Clinical Team, these resources are readily available at your fingertips through your PDC Shared Work account.
We are constantly looking for feedback and/or topics that you would like to see covered or that you think your hospice would benefit further from.

Here is a list of Clinical Material that we have already prepared:

•    How to Have the Difficult Conversations
•    Do We Still Need All of These Meds?
•    Everybody Gets A Zofran!! But should they…
•    Pain Management and Opioids
•    Methadone Utilization
•    Deciding Appropriate Medications for End of Life


Would you like access to these but don’t have a Shared Work account? Or, do you have a topic for Clinical Material that you would like to see covered? Contact: Taylor Bradshaw at taylor@pdcrx.com
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Clinical Pearl…

What is “Total Pain”?…

Ever had a patient who you felt you had to continually go up and up and up on the pain and anxiety meds? Well…there is a good chance the “pain” is not just physical pain. According to Dame Cicely Saunders, there are multiple facets of pain that can all manifest in the form of physical pain:

1.    Psychological …
2.    Spiritual …
3.    Social …
4.    Physical …

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Louise Jordan

Pharmacy Developement & Operations Specialist
 
Louise is a mother of 1 beautiful daughter (Kathrine) and grandmother of 3 very handsome boys (Braiden 3, Eli 1 and the newest addition Isaac 2 weeks old) and 1 dog Babi who thinks he owns the house and everything in it!!!
Louise started as a Customer Service Rep after a year was offered the position of Customer Service Manager, which she gladly accepted, after 5 years of it she was ready for a change, she is now the Pharmacy Development & Operations Specialist.  Louise has been with PDC for approximately 7 years, she is originally from Canada…yes PDC loves Canadians.  She is from Gatineau, Québec, her first language is French and yes, she, like Brent loves Tim Horton coffee and donuts.  What brought her to Tulsa, OK you ask…her husband Philip.  They met more than 20 years ago and will be married 19 years in July.

In her spare time Louise loves to spend time with her family, loves to cook and share recipes.
 

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What is “Total Pain”?

What is “Total Pain”?

What is “Total Pain”?

Ever had a patient who you felt you had to continually go up and up and up on the pain and anxiety meds? Well…there is a good chance the “pain” is not just physical pain.

FEBRUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER

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Did you know that there is a meaning behind the PDC Fun Lady/mascot?

At Palliative Drug Care, we always keep the patient in mind. Many of our employees have either worked one-on-one with patients in palliative care or have had a family member in hospice. Life will end for all of us at some point, as harsh as that may sound, but that is why it is called the “circle of life”. To us, this lady represents someone who enjoys their final years, their final days. We may not all be able to dance around, some of us may not be able to remember, and others of us will need constant monitoring. We don’t all end up in the same mental and physical state during our final days, but we will all want a level of care that makes us feel like this lady looks. She looks happy and she looks cared for.


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Clinical Pearl…

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How to Have the Difficult Conversations…
Do you understand the difference between palliative care and hospice? If not, let me give the quick schpeel, then I’ll talk more about how to have these super hard discussions regarding a patient diagnosis, prognosis, etc.

Palliative care is the aggressive symptom management for anyone with a chronic or severe illness. With that being said, all hospice care is palliative care, but not all palliative care is hospice. This means that you can STILL be receiving palliative care (aggressive symptom management) even while aggressively treating your chronic or terminal illness. An example of this would be a cancer patient who is wanting to continue to pursue chemo/radiation treatments, but needs more assistance with symptoms – in walks palliative care!


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Mark Lewandowski,
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Executive Vice President and Co-Founder
 
Mark Lewandowski started his career at age 16 learning to sell expensive custom suits from one of the great clothiers of his time.  Frustrated with working for minimum wage and making other people rich, Mark and his college roommate started a window cleaning business that still remains today.  While running the window cleaning company for 8 years, Mark learned the art of closing the sale and leveraging relationships to radically grow small business.  IBM called and Mark took a job in Sales in 1988 which proved only that he was not meant for big corporate crap.  
While working in his 20s, Mark completed an MBA and a Ph.D. in Management with an emphasis in Idea Generation and Creativity.  Mark was lucky enough to be mentored by great minds such as: Gene Swearingen, Rinne Martin, Harry Coblenz and business leaders such as Jim Bigl, Mark Wright, Bert Brodsky, and Jeff Walker.  

Mark knew that to achieve his life goals he needed to continue specialized education beyond the doctoral work.  He did his Certified Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor credential at Loyola of Chicago and at age 51 completed the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program from the Stanford University.
Using life experiences, education and great mentors to his advantage Mark has served in leadership roles at Interchange PMP as President, NMHCRX as Senior Vice President, and currently is serving as CEO for three companies in the healthcare claims processing space.  

Mark’s passion is teaching and leading brilliant minds to discover the secrets of business success through the Mind Your Business Show radio show and his Podcast at DRMARKLEW.COM.
 
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Love Stories…

It was a beautiful springtime day, the birds were chirping melodious sonnets, whimsically dancing through the effervescent sky. A homeless man resembling a pied piper lead me to the magical land called Reasors—a beautiful oasis with all of life’s needs in the desert landscape we call Tulsa. The produce isle called to me like a siren to Homer. As it turned out, that wasn’t the isle calling me, it was an angel sent from above. Named Angel. As I couldn’t help but lock eye’s with her pulchritudinous eyes that dazzled the room and her captivating smile that would warm you up on a cold day in Chicago. It was at that instant that I believed in love at first sight. Cupid had struck me with his arrow.
JMac and Angel
Jonathan McIntosh
 


We met when I was probably 5 years old, not knowing I would fall madly in love with him, because my sister and I would always go over to our cousins (Jordan & Brennen + their brother) and play outside! He lives about 4 houses down from them—at the end of the street, while my cousins were in the middle of the cul-de-sac. Fast forward 12 years and I see him at the high school I transferred to my junior year! We recognized each other and it started our friendship back over after all the years. Towards the middle of basketball season we started dating, but sadly broke up 3 months later, due to him going off to college. We only dated for a couple months, but my heart was so broken and I had no clue why…little did I know God had something better in store for us! As time went by, before I knew it, I was graduating high school and planning to play college basketball in Kansas at a school that just so happens to be an hour away from him. Summer of 2014 started off very rocky due to a break up with my, then, boyfriend but in comes Jordan guns blazing hahah! We started talking again and on November 22nd, 2014 he asked me to be his girlfriend. We have been together ever since and I can’t imagine my life without him ❤ Side note/super cheesy note: he chose 11/22 because he knows those are my favorite numbers.  We ALWAYS write notes to each other for Valentine’s day and save them for our future old selves to read later on in life.                
Ashlyn and Jordan
Ashlyn McBride
 

Jason (my then boyfriend of 10 months) asked me to come pick him up from class at Oklahoma State University after he was finishing a GIS project. I honked at him, because it was October and cold. He then came to the door of the car, all dressed up, and asked me to walk with him. It was just after dusk and he walked me to the front of the Student Union at OSU (where they was incredible lighting and beautiful landscaping) where he asked me to go open a large box. I did, and there was a tiny, baby chocolate lab puppy! I was ecstatic…but when I held her up to the light to get a better look, I saw a diamond ring and turned around to see him kneeling then he asked me to marry him. We then got married 4 weeks later with an ice chest of Coors Light surrounded by our closest friends and family. It’s now been 13+ years.
Jaymie and Jason
– Jaymie Wilson
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