Palliative care project a winner in NQF innovation contest | Experts: Servant leadership model is good fit for palliative care | Podcast: Experts discuss patient bed alarms
October 14, 2016
Hospice and Palliative Medicine SmartBrief
News for physicians caring for the seriously ill
Top Story
Palliative care project a winner in NQF innovation contest
The National Quality Forum announced the winners of its Innovation Challenge, which sought ideas to improve quality measures within the health care industry. The winners include Charlotta Lindval of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, who proposed the use of electronic health record data in developing quality measures in palliative surgery. (10/12) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Reach the Highest Level of Nursing
As the healthcare industry continues to grow, get the education you need with the fully online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Alvernia University. Gain the skills needed for a leadership role in clinical practice, in nursing education or as a shaper of healthcare policy. Learn more.
Palliative & Hospice Care Update
Experts: Servant leadership model is good fit for palliative care
The servant leadership model is appropriate for palliative care because it fosters values such as listening, empathy, healing and stewardship, write experts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Implementing a servant leadership model requires listening, communication and a willingness to give others power.
Pallimed blog (10/12) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Other News
Patient & Family Perspective
Women often give up working for caregiver duties
Women over age 50 often leave the workforce because of caregiving duties at home, and study data show taking care of a parent makes it less likely that women in their 50s and 60s are working, writes Caregiver Action Network CEO John Schall. Caregiving can have a big financial impact in addition to the emotional and physical stress it can cause, Schall writes.
Forbes (10/10) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Medical Research
Study: Dementia tied to blood glucose variability in older diabetes patients
Japanese researchers examined the glycoalbumin/HbA1C ratio of type 2 diabetes patients to determine blood glucose fluctuation and found an association between the ratio and the risk of developing dementia among older patients. The study was published in the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications.
Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (10/12) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Pregabalin works for minority of patients with fibromyalgia
Pregabalin provided pain relief for just 1 in 10 patients with moderate to severe fibromyalgia, but those patients experienced strong pain relief quality, as well as better sleep and quality of life, researchers reported in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. The review included eight studies, and 70% to 90% of patients in all treatment groups reported adverse events.
Medscape (free registration) (10/12) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Many late-stage cancer patients get only one shot at immunotherapy
Most immunotherapy clinical trials exclude participants who have already tried another immunotherapy in an effort to reduce confounding the results. The policy means late-stage cancer patients who want to participate in a trial must choose from about 40 ongoing trials, and many patients are unprepared to make such a decision.
STAT (10/6) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Health Policy & Practice
Providers urged to screen patients for unnecessary prescriptions
An aging population and a lack of coordination among prescribers contributes to polypharmacy, or the use of five or more drugs by patients. Some physicians and pharmacists are calling for more attention to the need to screen medication use and "deprescribe" as necessary.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/10) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Survey: Medical malpractice rates remain essentially flat from last year
Medical malpractice insurance rates dropped 0.1% from last year, according to the 2016 Medical Liability Monitor Annual Rate Survey. "The stability of medical malpractice premium rates is a stark contrast to the tumult occurring in other segments of the US health care delivery system," said Medical Liability Monitor editor Michael Matray.
Insurance Journal (10/10) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Trends & Technology
Survey: More than half MS patients might consider physician-assisted death
Researchers said more than half of almost 7,000 multiple sclerosis patients surveyed said they would consider physician-assisted death in response to at least one of five hypothetical scenarios. The results were presented at European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis 2016.
Medscape (free registration) (10/12) 
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Call for case submissions now open
The third and final call for proposals for the 2017 Annual Assembly is now open. Share and disseminate best practices in the field by submitting a proposal for a 20-minute case study presentation. The call closes Nov. 1 at noon Pacific Time. Gather your research and submit today.
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
October HPMQ Video Released
AAHPM is in its fourth month of their video series called HPMQ, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Questions. These quick, monthly videos help address difficult topics that you may face in your organization. This month's video discusses "How do we manage decision-making and palliative care for patients with mental illness?" presented by Stephanie Harman, M.D., FACP. Watch the video now.
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Truth uncompromisingly told will always have its ragged edges.
Herman Melville,
LinkedIn Twitter Facebook Google+ Email
Job Mart
powered by
Palliative Medicine Physician
Palliative Care Physician
Palliative Medicine Staff Physician
BANNER HEALTH - Phoenix Metro, AZ
PALLIATIVE CARE – Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center
Academic Palliative Care Physician - Assistant/Associate Professor
Hospice and Palliative Physician- Columbus, Ohio
Learn more about AAHPM:
About | Advocate | Join | Education & Practice | Train | Certify | Shop
This newsletter is brought to you by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and SmartBrief.
Sign Up
SmartBrief offers 200+ newsletters
Learn more about the SmartBrief audience
Subscriber Tools:
Contact Us:
Advertising  -  Wynn Hansen
P: 202.470.1149
Partner Relations Manager  -  Lauren Barr
Editor  -  Tom Parks
Mailing Address:
SmartBrief, Inc.®, 555 11th ST NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20004
© 1999-2016 SmartBrief, Inc.®
Privacy policy |  Legal Information