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CMS Pilot to Offer Hospice Patients Both Palliative, Curative Treatments

A new pilot program will give hospice patients more options in the type of care they wish to receive at the end of life, according to CMS. The program, Medicare Care Choices Model, will allow Medicare beneficiaries with advanced cancers, … finish reading CMS Pilot to Offer Hospice Patients Both Palliative, Curative Treatments

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New Pediatric Palliative Care Campaign Helps Seriously Ill Children and Families Cope

Sadly, palliative care isn’t just for the elderly. Families of children diagnosed with serious illnesses can benefit from conversations with their medical providers, and information on supportive resources. But as hard a topic it is to discuss concerning adults, it’s … finish reading New Pediatric Palliative Care Campaign Helps Seriously Ill Children and Families Cope

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More Advance Directives Could Better Manage End of Life Care, Medical Costs

End-of-life care issues need to become an integral part of the public health agenda, according to a new article from the American Journal of Public Health by two Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health faculty. They point to the … finish reading More Advance Directives Could Better Manage End of Life Care, Medical Costs

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Study: Rise in Short-Term Hospice Visits by Way of ICU

Hospice care is being increasingly seen as an “add on” to aggressive patterns of care during the last days of life, and it is unclear whether such aggressive care is what patients want, or their families/caregivers want, according to a … finish reading Study: Rise in Short-Term Hospice Visits by Way of ICU

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Medicare Rule Prevents Simultaneous Fees for Hospice and SNF

Nursing home residents with advanced dementia who have Medicare skilled nursing facility (SNF) care cannot receive simultaneous reimbursement for hospice care, resulting in those patients receiving aggressive treatment and hospitalization, according to a new study from Brown University. The Medicare … finish reading Medicare Rule Prevents Simultaneous Fees for Hospice and SNF

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3 Barriers to Care Management of Advanced Illness

Caring for those with advanced illness comes with its own set of unique barriers, says Dr. Joseph Agostini, senior medical director of Aetna Medicare, in discussing the Aetna Compassionate Care Program. Primary among them is determining a diagnosis treatment plan, … finish reading 3 Barriers to Care Management of Advanced Illness

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