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January 2, 2013
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News for physicians caring for the seriously ill

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  • 8 cures for improving end-of-life care
    Ensuring better end-of-life care requires changes from patients, providers and payers. Expressing wishes in writing, conducting community-wide discussions about end-of-life plans, encouraging doctors to discuss all options, reconfiguring reimbursement models, avoiding costly care that will neither prolong nor improve life, providing more comfort in the last days and expanding coverage of hospice services could help reduce the emotional and financial costs associated with death. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Time to change approach to end-of-life medicine: Advances in pain management have increased options for end-of-life scenarios that can help individuals, communities and medical professionals change end-of-life medicine. "Today 75 percent of Americans could die comfortably at home with hospice care. But we have to make that choice personally, talk frankly with doctors and family -- and work to change family and community attitudes," according to this editorial. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration) (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Patient & Family Perspective  
  • How palliative care can enhance quality of life during illness
    A palliative care team of doctors and nurses who cater to emotional and spiritual in addition to medical needs adds an extra layer of support during serious illnesses, according to Stormont-Vail Cancer Center palliative care program coordinator Robin Holthaus. Palliative care team members aim to help patients achieve the highest quality of life they can. WIBW-TV (Topeka, Kan.) (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Medical Research  
  • Researchers find mechanism associated with osteoarthritis development
    Researchers from Rush University Medical Center and Northwestern University have uncovered the molecular mechanism associated with the onset of osteoarthritis pain, according to a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers hope to use the new discovery to help develop treatments for the condition. MedicalDaily.com (12/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Practice  
  • Cuts in Medicare hospital payments may jeopardize patient care
    Hospitals are dissatisfied with the bill recently passed by Congress to prevent the "fiscal cliff" because they would finance a major part of the delay in a scheduled 26.5% cut in Medicare physician payments. Hospitals are required to shoulder almost half of the estimated $30 billion cost of delaying the scheduled cut, which will jeopardize their ability to care for patients, according to groups representing hospitals. Kaiser Health News/Capsules blog (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More docs are likely to leave Medicare in 2013
    Many frustrated physicians are likely to abandon Medicare this year over its unpredictable funding despite the decision to delay for one year a cut in Medicare payments for doctors, according to medical associations and physicians. "The Medicare program has become unreliable and its instability undermines efforts by physicians to implement new health care delivery models that stand to improve value for seniors and other beneficiaries through better care coordination, chronic disease management, and keeping patients healthy," the American Medical Association told doctors. Forbes (1/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Baby boomers to benefit from health care overhaul
    Baby boomers nearing retirement stand to benefit the most from the health care law, according to this article. The Affordable Care Act will prevent coverage denial for those with pre-existing conditions, remove lifetime and annual dollar limits, and limit the ability of insurers to charge people more based on their age. Although there is no guarantee of lower costs, exchanges will provide a competitive one-stop marketplace for health insurance. USA Today (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology  
  • Children's hospitals are increasingly handling severe chronic diseases
    Records from 28 urban children's hospitals show a significant increase in hospitalizations from 2004 to 2009, with chronically ill children registering greater increases in admissions than those without a chronic condition. Patients with a severe chronic condition involving at least two body systems had the highest increase in hospitalizations, according to a study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. DoctorsLounge.com/HealthDay News (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AAHPM News  
  • Best of 2012 Annual Assembly Recordings
    We've made it easy for you to hear one or more of the best sessions from the 2012 AAHPM & HPNA Annual Assembly. Learn about caring for Hispanic patients, how delirium can be prevented in palliative care, practical medication tips, polypharmacy in pediatric patients, and the popular State of the Science session. These and other topics are now available in the AAHPM bookstore. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  SmartQuote  
Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them."
--Rose Kennedy,
American philanthropist


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