Palliative and hospice care improvements can lead to an increase in satisfaction and care quality for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries with advanced illness and a drop in unnecessary services, according to Aetna.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposes a modest bump in payments for hospice providers, but the agency also wants to limit dispensing prescriptions to reduce unnecessary and pricey duplications.
Healthcare workers who received palliative care training at six medical centers improved patient outcomes in four areas, according to a new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission on Friday adopted final payment recommendations that affect non-acute care providers in 2015 and beyond, AHA News Now reported
New research shows doctors who want care to prevent pain and suffering at the end of their own lives are more likely to talk about that kind of care with patients facing the same dilemma, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
A new Dartmouth Atlas report shows Medicare patients have experienced improvements in end-of-life care, with chronically ill beneficiaries in their last six months of life spending fewer days in the hospital and receiving more hospice services in 2010 than in 2007.
A new law in Oklahoma, based on guidelines promulgated by the National Right to Life Committee, could complicate already costly end-of-life issues for hospitals.
Despite recent emphasis on letting people pass away in a hospice or at home, and patients' preference for it, the number of people who have died in hospitals over the past 10 years has only fallen 8 percent, federal statistics published by the National Center for Health Statistics showed.
Researchers found increased intensive care unit use and a higher rate of healthcare transitions during the last month of life, suggesting highly aggressive end-of-life care.
One of the stats that remains in my mind after nearly 20 years as a healthcare journalist came from a 1940s-era guide from the old Orthopaedic Hospital in Los Angeles. The average length of stay at...