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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.

Providing palliative care soon after hospital admission can reduce costs, study finds

May 2, 2018


Researchers say the study's findings "suggest that acute care hospitals may be able to reduce costs … by increasing palliative care capacity to meet national guidelines."

Traveling, sky diving, and more: How researchers say a bucket list can spur talks about end-of-life care

February 12, 2018


Research shows doctor-patient discussions about end-of-life care goals can be key to care planning—but a new study suggests reframing the conversation around bucket lists can serve as a good way to open up these conversations.

Could this algorithm help docs know when a patient is going to die?

January 31, 2018


Researchers are working to program an algorithm to identify which patients are likely to die within three to 12 months, as that timeframe is optimal for providing palliative care.

CMS is fixing Hospice Compare errors, spokesperson says

December 12, 2017


Kate Goodrich, CMS' CMO and director of the agency's Center on Clinical Standards and Quality, says, "The problem is not with the website itself, but the underlying data source" related to the website's geographic search function.

An 'existential slap': What it's like to realize you're dying

November 13, 2017


Nessa Coyle, a nurse practitioner and palliative care leader, says patients grappling with a life-threatening illness often experience "a personal crisis" because "death can no longer be denied."

CMS launches website rating 3,876 hospice providers

August 17, 2017


CMS Administrator Seema Verma says, "The Hospice Compare website is an important tool for the American people and will help empower them in a time of vulnerability as they look for information necessary to make important decisions about hospice care for loved ones."

Report finds VA hospital staff left dead veteran's body in shower for 9 hours, tried to cover up incident

December 14, 2016


Bay Pines VA Healthcare System says it has taken 'strong, appropriate, and expeditious steps' in response to the incident.

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