Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Palliative care consultations reduce hospital costs
Are direct hospital costs for patients with serious illnesses affected by palliative care consultations (PCC)?
More than half of urine drug screens showed improper medication use
LAS VEGAS – One sample in every five showed a combination of opioids and benzodiazepines, at least one of which was an unprescribed medication.
Better ICU staff communication with family may improve end-of-life choices
Medicare hospital deaths decline, hospice usage increases
During 2000-2015, Medicare recipients became less likely to die in hospitals.
Prompt palliative care cut hospital costs in pooled study
Average cost savings per hospital admission were $3,237 overall and were even greater for cancer patients.
Understanding palliative care: An important part of practicing hospital medicine
"As the population ages, this issue is going to become more and more important for our field."
Consent and DNR orders
Where have the courts set the lines over the issue of consent surrounding decisions to withhold CPR?
Advance care planning benefit presents challenges
Some are having success using new Medicare billing codes, while other doctors say barriers are preventing usage.
Sneak Peek: The Hospital Leader blog – Sept. 2017
To avoid potentially catastrophic situations, we should all use advanced care documentation as the start of a careful conversation about goals of...
Cancer the most common diagnosis in palliative care patients
Survey shows that hospitalists are the main source of referrals to palliative care programs.