Ascension, University of Pennsylvania study EHR algorithms for palliative care

To help clinicians understand when palliative care orders might be most appropriate, Ascension Health is participating in an National Institutes of Health-funded study run by University of Pennsylvania researchers to evaluate electronic health record-prompted automation of palliative care consult orders in the acute care setting. The partnership will enable the Penn researchers and care teams

New year brings chance to have tough conversations

Approximately 2.5 million people will die in the United States in the new year. Of that number, over three-fourths will very likely be over the age of 65. This makes Medicare the largest insurer of health care during the last year of life for an extremely large number of individuals. In 2015, Medicare proposed payment

Every Pediatric Hospital Should Offer A Palliative Care Program

When I tell people that I study palliative care for children, I usually hear something like, "You mean taking care of children who die?" It is hard for most people to fathom palliative care for children. The term palliative care often brings to mind images of sick and dying adults. It IS sad to see

Geripal: The Long Term Care Insurance Con Game

"You are getting older, and are concerned about the costs of nursing homes and long term care.  So, you decide to get expensive long term care insurance to protect your family from these costs.  The policy will pay some of the cost of long term care if you develop cognitive or physical disability.  All you

Patient Power Webcast: “America’s Problem with Facing End-of-Life Issues”

Description:    The controversy behind end-of-life decisions is ever-present in our health system. Is it ethical to go against the wishes of a dying patient? When is end-of-life counseling necessary? Peter and Andrew probe into some of the unknowns, while addressing the controversy with Dr. Robert Martensen, Director of the Office of the National Institutes

Geripal Blog: The breadth of life-sustaining treatment

Description:  In a recent story in the New York Times, Katy Butler described her parents' experiences with illness, the health care system, and the decline of her mother's well-being in-step with her father's physical and cognitive decline. Butler's beautiful account of her parents' lives before the onset of illness and subsequent to her father's stroke,

2011 Cunniff-Dixon Hastings Center Physician Awards Video

Description:  Care for patients at the end of life has long troubled American medicine, not only in its failure to provide good palliative care, but also in the relationship between doctors and patients. Many efforts to remedy this situation have emerged: a growing and strengthening palliative care movement, better understanding of the situation of patients

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