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Powerful photographs of terminally ill patients living out their dying wishes

Before 54-year-old Mario passed away, he had one special goodbye he needed to say … to his favorite giraffe. Mario had worked as a maintenance man at the Rotterdam zoo in the Netherlands for over 25 years. After his shifts, he loved to visit and help care for the animals, including the giraffes. As Mario’s fight against terminal brain cancer came to an end, all he wanted to do was …Read More

Medicare Wants To Pay Doctors For End-Of-Life Counseling – NPR

By RUBY DE LUNA • AUG 14, 2015 For Jennifer Calnon, end-of-life discussions boil down to this: “This is my life,” she says. “I should be the one who gets to make the decision.” Calnon, of Mountlake Terrace, is 67 years old and fairly new to retired life. These days she has a list of projects she wants to finish. Like finishing the pillowcase she started years ago for her daughter’s …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

New guidelines may encourage more talks about end-of-life care – The Boston Globe

By Felice J. Freyer GLOBE STAFF  JULY 27, 2015 Susan Johnson was never afraid to talk about death. But whenever she tried to discuss her end-of-life wishes with her children, both in their 40s, they deflected the topic with jokes. And her primary care doctor never raised the issue. Then, a few years ago, a surgical complication left Johnson hospitalized for months. She felt death close by, and it scared …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

Medicare to Try a Blend of Hospice Care and Treatment – NYTimes

from The New York Times Most older Americans close to death have to make a difficult choice: continue with traditional medical treatment or switch to hospice care, which focuses not on a cure but on easing their remaining days. Now, Medicare is testing a third alternative: both. The new pilot program, designed to affect the care of about 150,000 Medicare patients over the next four years, will allow patients with …Read More

Making the end of life part of health care

The Boston Globe – by The Editorial Board THE NEWS EARLIER THIS month that Medicare plans to reimburse doctors for conversations with patients about medical treatment at the end of life represents an important step forward for public policy in health care. It also signals a welcome shift to a more open attitude toward a subject most people would rather avoid. In short, the agency is proposing to support open …Read More

Let People Make Their Own End-of-Life Decisions

Newsweek.com In 1965—when Medicare was signed into law—most people died in their homes and life-sustaining treatments were largely the stuff of fiction and experimental research. Major advances in health technology have changed that, helping people to live longer, but not necessarily better, lives. Modern medicine often means that people die tethered to tubes and machines in situations they likely would not have chosen—if only they had known. So when Medicare …Read More

What doctors know about death that the rest of us don’t

WRITTEN BY Danielle Teller Physician and researcher Yet another story recently surfaced about how doctors don’t die like everyone else. Doctors die quietly at home, surrounded by family—not in the hospital like most Americans. This difference has been ascribed to knowledge about the limits of modern medicine and experience with the horror of lingering deaths on life support, and there is doubtless truth in those ascriptions. As a physician and …Read More