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2010-10-05 08:41:00

As World Hospice and Palliative Care Day Approaches, NHPCO Releases Report on Hospice Care in the U.S. ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An estimated 41.6 percent of all people who died in the U.S. last year were under the care of a hospice program, reports the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (up from 38.8 percent in 2008 and 35 percent in 2007). "This rising statistic shows that more Americans facing a life-limiting illness are opting for care that...

2010-09-28 08:27:00

Disenrollment can have a Physical and Financial Toll ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to a new study, patients with terminal cancer that disenrolled from hospice care had significantly higher rates of hospitalizations - including admission to the emergency department and intensive care unit - than patients who remained under the care of hospice. Furthermore, patients who disenrolled from hospice were more likely to die in the hospital than patients who...

2010-09-14 08:00:00

Awards Sponsored by National Hospice Foundation and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- There are more than 550,000 trained, hospice volunteers contributing more than 25 million hours annually to hospice organizations across the country. Three of those volunteers were honored by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the National Hospice Foundation for their extraordinary efforts to serve. The...

2010-09-13 08:00:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The families of dying children who are covered under Medicaid or the Medicaid expansion Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will no longer face the choice of stopping curative treatments in order for their terminally ill child to receive quality end-of-life care from hospice. The provision in The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requiring state Medicaid programs to allow children with a life-limiting illness to receive...

2010-08-19 10:02:00

NHPCO Reminds People They Can Ask Physicians for Palliative Care ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new study released by the New England Journal of Medicine found that among patients with non-small-cell lung cancer, those who received palliative care lived, on average, almost two months longer than those who received standard care. Researchers also found that the patients receiving palliative care reported a higher quality of life through the final course of their...

2010-06-29 11:24:00

NHPCO's Caring Connections Encourages People to Learn More ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recent media coverage on the challenges patients and families face with overtreatment of a life-limiting illness brings the issues of hospice and palliative care and advance care planning to public attention. "It's important to remember that quality of life and a patient's personal wishes, beliefs and values must be a factor when making care decisions brought about by a serious...

2010-05-11 08:49:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the very limited number of imminently dying patients whose pain is intolerable and unresponsive to other palliative interventions, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization believes that palliative sedation can be a treatment option that should be considered by healthcare providers, patients, and families. Palliative sedation refers to the lowing of patient consciousness using medications for the purpose of limiting...

2010-04-21 14:42:00

NHPCO's Capitol Hill Day 2010 Connects Thousands of Hospice Supporters to Members of Congress, Virtually and In-Person ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today 450 Hospice Advocates from across the country took part in the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization's (NHPCO) Capitol Hill Day 2010 by meeting with their U.S. Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill and encouraging policy makers to preserve and protect access to compassionate, high-quality...

2010-04-15 10:13:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), along with other national, state and community organizations, is leading a massive effort to highlight the importance of advance healthcare decision-making--an effort that has culminated in the formal designation of April 16, 2010 as National Healthcare Decisions Day. As an organization committed to increasing awareness of advance care planning, NHPCO is providing information...

2010-03-16 08:07:00

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Reminds People, "It's About How You LIVE" ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Five years ago national attention was riveted as the husband and parents of Terri Schiavo waged a very public legal battle regarding who had authority to determine if she would have wanted artificial means to prolong her life. While many Americans learned about the importance of planning for critical healthcare decisions before a crisis, two-thirds...


Word of the Day
holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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