New York Times Article Tackles Rising Hospice Costs

A recent article published by the New York Times (in collaboration with Kaiser Health News), “Concerns about Costs Rise with Hospices’ Use,” painted a troubling picture of hospice care in the United States. The article pointed to isolated instances of abusive practices by several for-profit hospices—presumably, for the financial benefit of the hospice over providing…
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How Are Hospice Services Paid For?

  How are hospice services paid for? This question seems like it should have a very concise answer; but in reality, it is so complex.  Like many hospices, Hospice of the Red River Valley is Medicare-certified. We are also licensed in both Minnesota and North Dakota, which means we are regulated by federal and two…
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My Wish To Give + My Chosen Cause = A Winning Plan For The Future

By Joy Most of us go into each day with a plan. If we are going to the grocery store, we take a list. If we are packing for a trip, we think through what we’re going to need. With gas prices at all-time highs, we map out the most efficient routes for our errands.…
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What Are The Basic Elements Of An Estate Plan—at Any Age?

Guest Blogger:  Mona Tedford, CFP®, CTFA Vice President, Bremer Trust in Fargo No matter what your age, it’s important for each of us to consider getting basic estate planning documents in place. Doing so can spare your loved ones undue stress in the event of your incapacity or death. The following three documents form the core…
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When Is A Patient Appropriate For Hospice Care?

By Janine When a family hears the words “hospice care” for the first time, it can be scary. Although I have worked with Hospice of the Red River Valley for many years, I was still unprepared when we were faced with this decision for a family member. I realized first hand how difficult this decision can be when…
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