Linda M. Gorman – Bad News: It’s All in the Delivery | TheONC | A Gated Community for Oncology Nurses and Cancer Care Teams

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.

via Linda M. Gorman – Bad News: It’s All in the Delivery | TheONC | A Gated Community for Oncology Nurses and Cancer Care Teams.

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Putting Seniors In The Hospital Under ‘Observation’ May Cost Them Thousands – Kaiser Health News

Many seniors think Medicare made a mistake when they find out they were never officially admitted to the hospital despite a several-day stay.

via Putting Seniors In The Hospital Under ‘Observation’ May Cost Them Thousands – Kaiser Health News.

Improving end-of-life care will require fundamental change in thinking | The Tennessean | tennessean.com

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.

via Improving end-of-life care will require fundamental change in thinking | The Tennessean | tennessean.com.

Emily’s Top 5: Week of August 30, 2013 – Palliative in Practice

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.

via Emily’s Top 5: Week of August 30, 2013 – Palliative in Practice.

News Roundup 26-30 August 2013

News Roundup 26-30 August 2013.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief.

Light at the end of the tunnel for chronic pain – Telegraph

A German professor is developing light therapy to regulate sleep and treat chronic pain

via Light at the end of the tunnel for chronic pain – Telegraph.

Same-sex couples guaranteed equal access to nursing homes

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.

via Same-sex couples guaranteed equal access to nursing homes.

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief

Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief.