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More people are dying at home than in hospitals. Is that a good thing?

December 13, 2019


More U.S. adults are dying at home than at the hospital for the first time in at least 50 years, according to a study published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

This doctor survived 11,000 volts of electricity. Here's how it shape his approach to medicine.

December 11, 2019


B.J. Miller, a palliative care physician at the University of California-San Francisco's Cancer Center, climbed on top of a commuter train during his sophomore year at Princeton University and was shocked with 11,000 volts of electricity—and his close brush with death inspired him to become a palliative care physician.

How Geisinger's home-care program reduced ED visits—and saved money

November 8, 2019


Geisinger implemented a home-care program, called Geisinger at Home, to better manage care for older patients with complex needs, and the program has helped the health system save money and reduce emergency department visits and hospital admissions.

Why doctors do (and don't) attend their patients' funerals

October 9, 2019


While most doctors participate in their own bereavement practices following the death of a patient, it is uncommon for them to attend a patient's funeral, according to a research review recently published in the journal Medicine.

Why home might not be the best place to die

September 4, 2019


As a palliative care physician, Richard Leiter has "struggled with the complex realities of dying at home"—and the issue took a personal turn for him recently as he navigated the end of his grandmother's life, he writes in the New York Times' "Well."

'Why I hope to die at 75,' revisited

August 26, 2019


Ezekiel Emanuel—a health policy expert, medical ethicist, and doctor who advised former President Barack Obama—in October 2014 wrote an infamous article called "Why I Hope to Die at 75," and now, at age 62, Emanuel shares how he feels today.

She's an ICU nurse. But she still couldn't bring herself to write an end-of-life directive.

August 14, 2019


Intensive Care Unit nurse Andrea Useem in a Washington Post perspective shares her struggle to write an advance directive—despite her intimate understanding of how important such documents are for families who must make end-of-life decisions for a loved one.

Nearly 90% of hospices have been cited for care deficiencies, HHS' OIG finds

July 11, 2019


Health inspectors from 2012 through 2016 cited nearly 90% of hospices for at least one deficiency—and about 20% of hospices had deficiencies serious enough to put patients in danger, according to a pair of reports released Tuesday by the HHS' Office of the Inspector General.

How this health system reduced ED visits for oncology patients—and lowered costs

July 2, 2019


Christiana Care Health System in November 2016 introduced a nurse navigator initiative for cancer patients that has helped improve clinical outcomes while reducing costs.

Is there a looming palliative and home health care crisis?

June 6, 2019


Research suggests that the United States could soon face crises related to palliative and long-term home health care, as a palliative care provider shortage continues to mount and U.S. residents struggle to cover home health care costs.

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