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2009-04-22 17:22:00

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Welcomes 1,600 Professionals to DC ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 1,600 hospice and palliative care leaders, managers and industry experts have gathered in Washington, DC this week, with issues involving healthcare reform a major topic of concern. "Almost 30 percent of Medicare costs are for care provided during patients' last year of life, with an estimated 30 percent of that figure covering costs in the last...

2009-03-19 13:50:00

NHPCO Encourages Dialog between Patients and Physicians ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patients with advanced cancer who reported talking about their end-of-life wishes with their physicians had significantly lower healthcare costs in the last week of life. Researchers found that these conversations between patients and physicians led to fewer cases of aggressive care, which saved money and resulted in a far more peaceful death for patients. The study in the March 9...

2009-03-16 08:53:00

NHPCO Stresses the Importance of Continued Involvement between Hospice Providers and Patient's Primary Physicians ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a study published in the March 9 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers found that patients and families can suffer from feelings of abandonment when a physician who had been actively involved in care is no longer involved. Additionally, when there was no continuity between care providers, a lack of closure...

2009-02-12 19:08:29

Black and Asian-American families use U.S. hospice care less than whites or Hispanics, researchers said. The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, found black patients 9 percent less likely than others to enroll in a hospice program, while Asian-Americans were 24 percent less likely to do so. Blacks were 26 percent and Asian Americans were 17 percent more likely to be hospitalized in the intensive care unit at least twice during their last month of life. Beth...

2009-02-06 10:09:00

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Institute for Palliative Medicine's Fellowship Program received full accreditation from the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) -- the first accredited fellowship program in palliative medicine in San Diego. Located on the campus of San Diego Hospice, The Institute for Palliative Medicine has trained fellows since 2000 and its Fellowship Program in Palliative Medicine is known as one of the most clinically demanding programs in the...

2008-10-07 15:00:41

A nationally recognized continuing education program providing clinical training and insight into caring for African Americans at the end of life will be held Friday and Saturday, October 24 and 25, 2008, at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, North Campus, JC Penney Conference Center, 8001 Natural Bridge Rd. Designed for those working with African American patients and families facing serious illness in hospitals, hospices, outpatient clinics, nursing homes and office-based settings,...

2008-10-02 12:06:58

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y., Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- There has been rapid growth of new, innovative palliative care consultation services in the nation's hospitals. More than half of the 50-bed or larger hospitals in the U.S. offer palliative care services to ease pain and suffering for seriously ill patients and their families. However, the availability of these services varies widely across geographic regions, according to a study published in the October 2008 issue of the peer-reviewed, Journal of...

2008-10-02 12:06:58

To: NATIONAL EDITORS Contact: Erin Libit, +1-202-261-2883 (work), +1-202-361-6101 (cell), erin.libit@mslpr.com, for the Center to Advance Palliative Care NEW YORK,Oct. 2/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- America does a mediocre job caring for its sickest people. The nation, says a new report, gets a C. Palliative care programs make patients facing serious and chronic illness more comfortable by alleviating their pain and symptoms and counseling patients and their families. Only Vermont,...

2008-09-15 18:00:37

By Emma Brady A Birmingham medic has criticised the clinical community for not placing enough importance on palliative care, despite the recent introduction of the Government's End of Life Strategy. Dr Steve Plenderleith believes medical students are not encouraged to spend time with patients suffering from terminal or long-term conditions, and as a result "have little or no experience of patient death". Palliative care is treatment given to alleviate symptoms or pain of a life-long...

2008-09-08 18:00:38

A new study finds hospitals can save more than $300 a day per seriously ill patient while giving them even better care. The Archives of Internal Medicine will publish the study by the Center to Advance Palliative Care and National Palliative Care Research Center in its September 8 issue. With the aging of the population, especially the baby boomers, hospitals are caring for an increasing number of patients with advanced illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease and kidney failure....


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