NY Times Article: The Patients Were Saved.  That’s Why the Families Are Suing.

Read it HERE.

National Healthcare Decisions Day

NHDD is a week-long event this year, from April 16- 22, 2017.  There are events happening all over Delaware (click HERE).  But what should people be thinking about?  Click HERE for a handout you can give to your patients, family, and friends, and spread the word!

March 15, 2017:

People with serious illness or frailty in Oregon are more likely to have their end-of-life care wishes honored, and, consequently, less likely to be hospitalized and more likely to use home hospice services compared with Washington state and the rest of the country, according to data published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

“The level of care you receive near the end of life depends more on the state you live in and the systems they have in place than your actual wishes,” says author Susan Tolle, M.D., director of the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care and co-led the creation of the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, or POLST Program.

Read more here.

February 22, 2017:

On February 17, 2017, fourteen health care organizations, including the National POLST Paradigm Office, joined together in sending a letter to Tom Price (Secretary of the US Department of Health & Human Services) and David Shulkin (Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs).

“The posed of the letter is to present a range of policies advancing palliative and end-of-life care that likely improves care for those who are seriously ill and near the end of life.” – Amy Vandenbroucke, Executive Director, National POLST Paradigm.

Read the letter here.

February 14, 2017:

Keith Goheen, BCC, working with Beebe Healthcare, has created a fantastic informational DMOST Brochure! He has kindly shared the brochure with us here: Beebe DMOST Brochure