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The 'complex,' 'messy' reality of treating international patients

December 19, 2018

U.S. hospitals annually treat tens of thousands of seriously ill patients who have travelled from abroad, but care for these patients "is complex and, often, messy," because providers lack "effective tools to screen potential patients in real-time for who would most benefit" from care in a U.S. hospital, according to Richard Leiter, a palliative care physician and researcher at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

75% of end-of-life surrogates are 'extremely confident' they know patients' wishes. (They're mostly wrong.)

December 18, 2018

A recent study found that 75% of patient surrogates were confident they knew their patients' wishes, but just 21% actually did.

Why Providence St. Joseph is reimagining end-of-life care

September 24, 2018

As part of a system-wide effort to improve end-of-life care, Providence St. Joseph is aiming to increase by 2% the number of patients who have advanced directives and designated decision-makers for end-of-life care.

Hospice has grown in popularity—and it's vulnerable to fraud, HHS' OIG finds

August 2, 2018

CMS says, "The agency takes the oversight role of the Medicare hospice program seriously and is aggressively focused on reducing and eliminating fraud, waste, and abuse."

Palliative care is on the rise—and this hospital network wants to make it easier for patients

July 12, 2018

Providence St. Joseph, a 51-hospital network based in Washington, is working to help doctors understand and make care plans in line with patients' end-of-life wishes.

Does Medicare spend too much on palliative care? A new study says no.

July 2, 2018

A new study challenges the assumption that Medicare is wasting money on end-of-life care.

Why some are hopeful—and others skeptical—about Gawande at Amazon-Berkshire-JPMorgan

June 22, 2018

Since news broke that Atul Gawande will lead the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JP Morgan Chase health care venture, stakeholders have offered predictions about how Gawande will approach the job—with some applauding the pick and others questioning whether the respected surgeon and thought leader has the business acumen the job might demand.

You have 3 wishes: How Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is honoring dying patients

June 13, 2018

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center's 3 Wishes Project is a palliative care program that seeks to grant the final wishes of patients who have a 95% or higher chance of dying while in the intensive care unit.

House passes bill with $5B VA funding boost

June 12, 2018

The legislation—which would allocate a total of $144.5 billion to fund federal energy programs, the government's legislative branch, military projects, and Veterans Affairs—now heads to the Senate.

Atul Gawande: Here's how Massachusetts made a 'big leap' in honoring patients' end-of-life wishes

May 16, 2018

Data from the third annual end-of-life care survey by the University of Massachusetts Medical School show Massachusetts is starting to see "the first signs of real change," according to Atul Gawande, co-chair of the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care.

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