End-Of-Life

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Hospice is growing fastest in skilled nursing facilities, new report shows

Hospice is growing fastest in skilled nursing facilities, new report shows

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Hospice services increased in nursing homes more than in any other care setting last year, according to the latest annual report from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Should we all want to die at 75?

Should we all want to die at 75?

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Nursing homes would be put out of business if scientists discover how to stop the aging process, McKnight's Editorial Director John O'Connor wrote in his blog yesterday. But the reverse is also true: Nursing homes would find their beds empty if many seniors were to die earlier in life — because, say, they start refusing antibiotics for common infections, as Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., plans to do once he turns 75.

Latecomers to hospice frequently are male, have certain cancers, Penn researchers find

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Men and patients with certain types of cancer are among those less likely to enroll in hospice, suggesting that healthcare providers should focus on presenting these groups with all their end-of-life care options, according to newly published findings.

AMA to submit information to federal regulators regarding end-of-life care planning

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The American Medical Association is expected to release recommendations soon for what physicians should be reimbursed for end-of-life medical consultations. The physicians group issues advisements regularly to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which typically adopts them for its programs, the Pew Charitable Trust noted on Monday.

For whom does the bell toll? MDS knows

For whom does the bell toll? MDS knows

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Death is never an easy topic. Hemingway addressed it eloquently in his novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls," the title of which was taken from meditations on health, pain and sickness by poet John Donne.

When it matters most

When it matters most

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Pondering difficult end-of-life situations made me think, naturally, of Chevy Chase.

Peace of mind more important than aggressive treatment at the end of life, study finds

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Terminally ill cancer patients had a better quality of life when they could die at home and avoid intense life-prolonging measures, a new study finds.

Ethics panels tested as they determine seniors' final wishes

Ethics panels tested as they determine seniors' final wishes

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The thorny matter of a resident's end-of-life wishes no doubt keeps many people in the nursing home profession up at night. New Jersey is working to firm up a program it has that deploys roving ethics committees to help caregivers make decisions.

Medicare expenditures for advanced dementia patients vary widely, study shows

Implementing high-quality palliative care programs for nursing home residents with advanced dementia could prevent expensive hospitalizations and burdensome interventions, such as feeding tubes, a new study finds.

Defibrillator implants often overlooked in hospice, end-of-life care

A large percentage of hospices don't account for patients with defibrillator implants, which can lead to unnecessary—and uncomfortable—shocks to patients, new research shows.