One of the best signs of a good book is its unplanned lessons. While its title might profess how to fix this or do better at that, a high-quality book also will lead the reader to enlightenment for reasons a PR agent might not promote. Such is my personal experience with Atul Gawande's "Being Mortal."
Palliative care is focused on the relief of symptoms with a goal to improve the quality of the individual's life.
New research concludes that nursing home caregivers well-versed in palliative care tend to focus less on possibly futile "aggressive" life-saving measures.
Palliative care, a form of patient-centered care focused on quality of life for the seriously ill, should be the standard of practice for all elderly patients with complex illness in nursing homes.
The goal of palliative care is to provide patients of all ages and in any stage of illness with relief from the pain and stress they're experiencing.
Like perhaps many of you, I come from a long line of "fixers." Multiple people whose schedules are conflicting? We'll coordinate. Someone isn't able to find a job? We'll provide help on their resume and introduce them around. A friend needs a boyfriend? Let me show you my multi-step PowerPoint plan.
Relias Learning has added more than 90 palliative care courses to its library, the company announced.
Medicare hospice payments set to increase; Washington Post ties payment system to lack of care for suffering patientsMay 06, 2014
A troubling proportion of hospices fail to provide skilled nursing care to patients approaching death or who are experiencing a crisis such as increased pain, according to a lengthy Washington Post article published Saturday. The Post report appeared one day after the government proposed increasing Medicare hospice payments in 2015.
Seniors will not have to stop curative care to receive hospice benefits under a new demonstration program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced.
Long-term care nurses often 'scramble' to get family members' blessing for palliative care, research showsApril 24, 2014
Nursing home residents might not transition to full palliative care until they are very near death, at which point nurses and family members act in a state of crisis, suggests recently published research out of Canada.
When a patient is referred to therapy, and they are receiving hospice care, then therapy needs to seek permission from the hospice company to provide any treatment. Hospice is required to reimburse the facility for the therapy services since the treatment also is included in the bundled payment rate from Medicare Part A. And, therein lies the rub.
It's a scene at plays out all too often in hospitals across the United States. A stroke leaves a frail senior incapacitated, lying in a hospital bed. Family members gather around, but no one can say for sure what their relative wants for her end-of-life care, and no advance directive or healthcare power of attorney is on file for her.
The U.S. national strategy for tackling dementia fails to address late-stage transitions into long-term care facilities from a person's home or the hospital, according to a recently published analysis in Health Affairs.
Stroke patients should have access to robust palliative care, American Heart Association urges in first-of-its-kind statementMarch 31, 2014
Stroke survivors have "enormous" palliative care needs, and healthcare providers should ensure they can provide these services, according to a scientific statement released Friday by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.
Relatives of dying residents make end-of-life care worse, according to a majority of long-term care professionals.
Nursing home quality could improve with better palliative care interventions, large-scale trial showsJanuary 23, 2014
By following practices that are common in home-based hospice care, nursing homes can improve the comfort and dignity of residents who are dying, according to new study results.
When it comes to talk about palliative care and rehospitalizations, what should a provider do when the family is insistent on sending their loved one back to the hospital?
Palliative care should follow care coordination and quality improvement processes called for by the Affordable Care Act, according to updated guidelines from the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care.
Recently introduced bills in the House and Senate seek to strengthen palliative and hospice care by expanding education programs and providing fellowships for healthcare professionals to train in these areas.
Palliative care reduces the number of visits seniors in long-term care settings make to emergency rooms, a new study finds.
Palliative and hospice care should be included in Medicare's nursing home benefits, according to authors of a new study.
The National Quality Forum voted to endorse 14 quality measures regarding palliative and end-of-life care for patients and their families. The quality measures focus on areas of care including pain management, weight loss and depression.
Individuals with advance directives are more likely to receive palliative care and are less likely to die in a hospital, a new study finds.
New York State's Palliative Care Information Act, which was passed last summer and implemented in February, is meeting resistance from doctors who treat patients at the end of their life.
When a major lobbying group trumpeted the long-term care industry's status as an economic and job-creating powerhouse last week, critics took the opportunity to press for further inquiries into how nursing homes are financed and operated — particularly LTC facilities that provide hospice services.
Palliative sedation at end of life is appropriate in cases of extreme suffering, review article saysOctober 04, 2010
Palliative sedation at the end of life is ethically sound and has "an important place on the continuum of appropriate palliative care," according to a new review article.
The Medicare program is gearing up to begin a 15-site demonstration project that will provide both hospice care and life-sustaining treatments to Medicare beneficiaries, according to recent reports.
Some terminally patients who receive palliative care live longer and with a better quality of life than those who receive standard medical care, a new report suggests.
The latest research raises the question of whether nursing homes should take charge of hospice care and not rely on outside contractors.
Relatives of elderly patients nearing the end of life experience less stress and depression if their loved one has made his or her end-of-life care wishes known, a new study finds.