Training not enough to reduce hospitalization, ED visits in end-of-life care … Breakthrough infections may be less transmissible, study in healthcare workers suggests … Wider vaccine approvals on the...
Clinical briefs for Wednesday, April 7
Apr 07, 2021
Remote cardiology visits tied to decrease in diagnostic tests, medications … Despite pandemic, less than half of older adults have recorded end-of-life wishes … U.S. COVID case counts continue to rise...
These factors predict residents’ emergency care outcomes, palliative experts find
Mar 23, 2021
A study that followed residents through all stages of emergency department transfers and care has found that certain comorbidities and levels of stress can predict subsequent recovery from symptoms.
End-of-life experience in nursing homes differs with race, ethnicity
Jan 21, 2021
Language services and cultural competency training could help nursing home staff correct imbalances in residents’ end-of-life experience, say investigators from the Columbia University School of...
POLST form triples odds that residents’ treatment wishes are known: study
Nov 23, 2020
Nursing home residents who had Physician’s Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment significantly increased the likelihood that their treatment preferences were documented in their medical record, a statewide...
Black patients less likely to seek hospice care than whites, researchers say
Oct 29, 2020
Black patients seek substantially more intensive medical treatment in the last six months of life than whites, a study shows. The investigators recommend that more healthcare providers are trained to promote...
First national LTC group endorses nationwide end-of-life care form
Jul 06, 2020
The first national organization to officially endorse the adoption of a national Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form has emerged.
Person-centered care pushing aside nonsense
James M. Berklan
Sep 06, 2017
I found it stunning when I recently read that more than a half million people had taken advantage of new Medicare coverage that pays for end-of-life discussions with their doctors. And there was hardly...
Obama reverses course on regulation allowing advance care planning
Jan 06, 2011
The Obama administration has opted to remove any mention of end-of-life care planning from a Medicare regulation that took effect at the beginning of the year, The New York Times reported.
House may resurrect measure allowing Medicare reimbursement for end-of-life consultation
Apr 30, 2010
A controversial provision to allow Medicare to reimburse for end-of-life planning consultations could be making a comeback, according to reports.