Join this virtual conference on Aug. 9-11, 2016 -- brought to you by AAHPM, HPNA and NHPCO. Participate in engaging sessions, a poster gallery and video library with expert faculty. Sessions will be available to all registrants for 3 months after the event. 12 hours CE/CME credit available.
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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.
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.
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.