Citation: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine. :1049909118789338, 2018 Jan 01.Journal: The American journal of hospice & palliative care.Published: 2018ISSN: 1049-9091.Full author list: Groninger H; Gilhuly D; Walker KA.UI/PMID: 30037272.Subject(s): IN PROCESS -- NOT YET INDEXEDInstitution(s): MedStar Washington Hospital Center | MedStar Health Research InstituteDepartment(s): Medicine/Palliative CareActivity type: Journal Article.Medline article type(s): Journal ArticleDigital Object Identifier: https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049909118789338 (Click here)ORCID: Groninger, Hunter http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7416-1999 (Click here)Abbreviated citation: Am J Hosp Palliat Care. :1049909118789338, 2018 Jan 01.Abstract: BACKGROUND: No guidelines exist regarding care for patients with advanced heart failure (HF) receiving hospice care while continuing advanced HF therapies such as left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) or continuous inotropes.Abstract: OBJECTIVE: We surveyed hospice providers in our tristate region to determine hospice demographics, current practices for care of patients with advanced HF, and perceived challenges of providing advanced HF therapies.Abstract: DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey of hospice clinical and administrative leaders.Abstract: RESULTS: Forty-six respondents representing 23 hospices completed the survey. Over half (27/46) held leadership administrative roles, and most (37/46) had more than 5 years of hospice experience. Although lack of experience and cost were cited as primary barriers to providing inotrope therapy in home hospice, about half of respondents (24/46) said they would manage inotropes. All participants said their respective hospices accept patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators; over half (28/46) said they accept patients with LVADs into hospice care. Lack of experience with LVADs was the most frequently cited barrier. Most participants were interested in training and support by an advanced HF program to facilitate hospice care of patients receiving these advanced therapies. General access to hospice services for patients with HF at their organization was considered adequate by 30 of 46 participants. Most (32/46) reported that referrals are made too late.Abstract: CONCLUSIONS: Hospice specialists reported widely varied practice experiences caring for patients with HF receiving advanced therapies, noted specific challenges for care of these patients, and expressed a desire for targeted HF education.