Tag Archives: Palliative Care

The Humanity In End-Of-Life Care

Palliative care has been increasing in prevalence, in part due to new value-based care incentives. However, there is a significant misunderstanding about what defines effective palliative care among patients and providers.

May 19, 2017

Managing The Beginning Of The End: Advanced Disease Management And Concurrent Care Under Current Financing

If predicting six-month mortality is hard, trying to identify patients with life-limiting diagnoses who are candidates for “pre-hospice” services makes eligibility determinations even more ambiguous.

April 28, 2017

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

Misleading Metrics

Metrics are intended to promote quality. But if they measure the wrong thing or are easy to manipulate, there can be serious consequences.

February 21, 2017

How Can We Increase The Use Of Palliative Care In Medicare?

A community-based, interdisciplinary palliative care model that spans care settings is being evaluated in a CMMI demonstration project. It provides some early lessons on how alternative payment models for palliative care might be developed to increase its provision in Medicare.

February 13, 2017

For Seriously Ill Prisoners, Consider Evidence-Based Compassionate Release Policies

Common-sense improvements to compassionate release policies would improve the lives of thousands of Americans experiencing serious illness in federal prisons, reduce federal prison spending, and honor our criminal justice system's commitment to ensuring public safety.

February 6, 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

Why Now? Concerns About End-Of-Life Health Care Policy

While the recent focus on end-of-life care is partly rooted in concerns over costs, much of it reflects a desire to ensure that the care people receive is consistent with their preferences.

December 19, 2016

Medicare Help At Home

Nine million community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries require long-term services and supports that are not covered by Medicare. Gaps in Medicare coverage and lack of integration have serious consequences. A policy proposal, Medicare Help at Home, aims to to enhance financial protection and...

April 13, 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