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Hospices vary widely in prescribing of “comfort kit” medications

News Release

05/13/2022

When a person nearing the end of their life enters hospice care, their hospice agency’s doctors may prescribe a “comfort kit” of small amounts of medications that their caregivers can give them in case of urgent, distressing symptoms such as severe anxiety, agitation, delirium, nausea and more...

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Five Wishes Announces New Digital Advance Directive - One Document for Life

PRNewswire

05/03/2022

Five Wishes, the country's most preferred advance care planning program (ACP), has partnered with Vynca, a leading palliative care solutions and advance care planning company, to offer Five Wishes Digital, a new lifetime product available for consumers, medical providers, and business partners for advance care planning...

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Older people fret less about aging in place: AP-NORC Poll

Associated Press

04/27/2022

The older you are, the less you fret about aging in your own home or community. That’s a key insight from a new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, which found that U.S. adults ages 65 or older feel much better prepared to “age in place” than those 50-64, who are mostly still in the final stretches of their working years...

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How Far Do You Go When the Alternative Is Death?

NY Times

05/12/2022

My patient was so close. After emails to politicians and pharmaceutical executives, after a social media campaign and months spent swinging between hope and fear, Michael Forbes had won...

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CMS Report: Concurrent Hospice, Curative Care a Winning Proposition

Hospice News

04/29/2022

The Medicare Advantage hospice carve-in has been the focus of much attention among providers, and many are watching closely for the demonstration’s outcomes...

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COVID-19 again the third leading cause of death, while elderly deaths decrease

McKnight's Long Term Care News

04/25/2022

Mortality from COVID-19 increased overall by 0.7% in 2021 from 2020, but there have been shifts in who is severely affected by the disease, according to provisional data released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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Government watchdog: 1 in 4 older Americans on Medicare harmed during hospital stays

USA Today

05/12/2022

One in 4 older Americans covered by Medicare had some type of temporary or lasting harm during hospital stays before the COVID-19 pandemic, government investigators said in an oversight report published Thursday...

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CMS report details health disparities among Medicare Advantage enrollees

Modern Healthcare

04/29/2022

Black, Indigenous and Alaska Native patients experienced the most significant disparities in clinical care among Medicare Advantage enrollees last year, according to a report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the RAND Corp...

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Exploring the Health Effects of Ageism

NY Times

04/23/2022

Through more than three decades of research, the Yale psychologist Becca Levy has demonstrated that age discrimination can take years off one’s life...