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Timing is Everything: Improving the quality and timeliness of critical end-of-life conversations

End-of-Life Talks DOA? New System Seeks Remedy Bridget M. Kuehn March 15, 2016, Medscape http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/860405 CHICAGO — An intervention that included physician training, a system for identifying patients nearing the end of life, and electronic medical record prompts led to more and earlier end-of-life discussions, according to new research. In a cluster-randomized trial, a systematic intervention involving the discussion of end-of-life care was compared with usual care in adult oncology outpatients. Results …Read More

What Really Matters at the End of Life

What Really Matters at the End of Life BJ Miller, Palliative Caregiver At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician at Zen Hospice Project who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. Take the time to savor this moving talk, which asks big questions …Read More

Changing the Conversation from “What’s the Matter?” to “What Matters?”

A Vision for “What Matters to You?” What if every clinician, staff member, and community health worker routinely asked, “What matters to you?” — and listened attentively at every encounter with individuals and their family members? What would we learn? How would understanding “What Matters” enhance our ability to develop genuine partnerships with individual patients? Clinicians, health care staff, and community health workers around the world seek to understand the …Read More

Doctor wants patients to reclaim dying as part of living

Dr. Ira Byock, a national expert on palliative care, will talk about how to live and die well. When: 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 Where: Spokane Convention Center, 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Cost: Free Info:http://washington.providence.org/events/phc/ira-byock-conference/ or www.providence.org/institute-for-human-caring. October 25, 2015 Erica Curless The Spokesman-Review Americans are dying all wrong – spending too much time and money in hospitals and intensive care units receiving invasive treatments instead of enjoying those last, valuable days …Read More

A nurse with fatal breast cancer says end-of-life discussions saved her life

By Amy Berman September 28 To: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: News reports say you will soon make a final decision about paying doctors and other providers who talk to their patients about end-of-life planning, I have a fatal form of breast cancer, and I’d like to tell you how such conversations have allowed me to survive, and live well, in the five years since my diagnosis. I am …Read More

Helping Patients and Doctors Talk About Death – NYTimes Editorial

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD  JULY 25, 2015 Medicare announced plans this month to reimburse doctors for talking with patients about what treatments they want — and don’t want — toward the end of life. This sensible, long-overdue proposal is likely to have a very wide impact. About 80 percent of people who die in the United States each year are covered by Medicare, and Medicare policies are often followed by private insurers, …Read More

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Press Release: Honoring Choices PNW Partnering with Gundersen Health

For Immediate Release  July 31, 2015                                                                                                                                 Contacts: Mary Kay Clunies-Ross at MaryKayCR@wsha.org    Graham Short at gfs@wsma.org Washington physicians and hospitals support advance care planning for public and medical community Honoring Choices® Pacific Northwest is implementing a program to honor health care wishes in the last chapters of life. SEATTLE – Honoring Choices® Pacific Northwest, a collaborative initiative between physicians and hospitals, has partnered with national leader Gundersen Health to bring …Read More