Tag Archives: End-of-Life Care

A Call To The Palliative Care Community For A Patient-Centered Response To Medical Aid In Dying

The palliative care community and medical establishment must embrace patients' desires for self-determination and autonomy by supporting medical aid in dying as a legitimate medical option for dying patients.

March 15, 2017

How States Can Expand Access To Palliative Care

Given the states’ role in funding safety-net programs, as well as the fact that early signs indicate a push towards more privatization of Medicare and Medicaid, states should consider levers to expand local access to palliative care.

January 30, 2017

A New Health Affairs Blog Featured Topic: End of Life And Serious Illness

The series focuses on the challenges facing patients both young and old in the advanced stages of illness as well as those challenges confronting their caregivers, loved ones, and health care providers.

December 19, 2016

Embracing The Role Of Family Caregivers In The U.S. Health System

As individuals age, their need for both medical and nonmedical services and supports increases. In a recent report, we review current policies addressing the needs of family caregivers, evaluate emerging evidence on the effectiveness of these policies, and suggest some potential new policy...

September 8, 2016

Using Community Input To Improve Advance Care Planning

CMS' decision to compensate physicians for having advance care planning conversations was an important step to transform ACP. However, we cannot expect physician reimbursement to change attitudes surrounding ACP — we need to engage community members and leaders.

August 22, 2016

People Post: Staff Changes In Health Philanthropy; Honors; Job Openings

Read about comings and goings at foundations; awards and honors; and a job opening at both the Missouri Foundation for Health and the California Health Care Foundation.

June 9, 2016

Narrative Matters: On Our Reading List

“Narrative Matters: On Our Reading List” is a monthly roundup where we share some of the most compelling health care narratives driving the news and conversation in recent weeks. This month covers topics on end-of-life care, treating drug addiction, and more.

May 2, 2016

Time to Fashion A Quilt From The Patchwork Of Advance Care Planning

Given that 75 percent of people hospitalized with a critical illness cannot make their wishes known at that time, advance care planning is an important way for people to receive the care they want and avoid the care they don't want.

March 29, 2016

A New Understanding Of Health System Performance For Older Adults

The number of people age 65 and older in the U.S. will almost double between 2012 and 2050. At the same time, payments are becoming more value-based. We have an opportunity to pay closer attention to the special needs that come with an aging population and redesign the system to address them.

March 14, 2016

Hospice Payment Reforms Are A Modest Step Forward, But More Changes Are Needed

In August 2015, CMS issued a final rule updating the Medicare hospice payment rates and wage index. This has been described as the first significant reform to hospice payment methodology since 1983, but the changes are quite modest and should be viewed as a first step toward meaningful reform.

January 4, 2016