Mass. begins some palliative, hospice care initiatives

01/24/2013 | Boston Globe (tiered subscription model), The

Massachusetts has been slow to implement an expert panel's recommendations that would increase the number of patients who receive hospice and palliative care, but new initiatives are gaining traction. A law approved last year requires hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities to distribute information on the availability of palliative and hospice care, and a state education campaign about medical orders for life-sustaining treatment has begun in about 169 hospitals and other care facilities. Dr. Lachlan Forrow, the leader of the panel, said he was "baffled" that more progress hasn't been made.

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