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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.

We 'must do better': Why this doctor wrote an open apology for a patient's death

May 23, 2019

Home hospice care demands a tremendous amount from family members, and when providers fail to adequately prepare a family to carry out those responsibilities, their loved one can wind up back in the hospital, where they do not want to be, according to Daniela Lamas, a pulmonary and critical care physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

The critical first step in end-of-life conversations, according to this Cleveland Clinic doctor

May 2, 2019

Having end-of-life conversations with patients is never easy, but learning more about patients' priorities and lives outside of the hospital can make the difficult moments go a bit smoother, according to Mikkael Sekeres, director of the leukemia program at the Cleveland Clinic.

CMS proposes payment increases for SNFs, hospice facilities for FY 2020

April 22, 2019

CMS on Friday released proposed rules that would increase fiscal year (FY) 2020 Medicare payments for skilled nursing facilities by 2.5%, or $887 million, and hospice facilities by 2.7%, or $540 million, when compared with FY 2019.

In the states: CDC ties multi-state E. coli outbreak to ground beef, Ohio gov. signs 'heartbeat' abortion ban into law, and more

April 19, 2019

American Health Line rounds up the latest health care news in the states.

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