Diane Meier, MD, and the Director of CAPC (Center for Advancement of Palliative Care), challenges healthcare professions to view giving bad news as a medical procedure. By that, she means it’s something that takes extensive training, observation, and practice. It’s not something you send a junior resident in to do when the attending is occupied with other things.
Many seniors think Medicare made a mistake when they find out they were never officially admitted to the hospital despite a several-day stay.
Talking about death — even thinking about death — is uncomfortable for patients and families. Nearly 80 percent of us would prefer to spend our last days at home, but the majority of us will die in the hospital, and only 20 percent of us have expressed our wishes in writing.
This week’s news featured several stories about Michigan expanding Medicaid, several more about Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s announcement that the government will reach its debt limit in mid-October (sigh), and several dozen about Palin’s entreaty to defund the health law. Among them all were these, my top picks of the week.
A German professor is developing light therapy to regulate sleep and treat chronic pain
All legally married beneficiaries in private Medicare plans have equal rights when a partner or spouse requires nursing home care the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today. In July 2013, the Supreme Court ruled that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional.