CMS: Medicare Program; FY 2025 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate Update, Hospice Conditions of Participation Updates, and Hospice Quality Reporting Program Requirements
Notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the hospice wage index, payment rates, and aggregate cap amount for fiscal year 2025. Includes proposals regarding changes to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program; the adoption of the most recent Office of Management and Budget statistical area delineations, which would change the hospice wage index; clarifications to current policy related to the "election statement" and the "notice of election;" and clarifying language regarding hospice certification. Among other things, this rule seeks comments regarding the potential implementat...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 4, 2024 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Screening Tool Can Streamline Palliative Care Consults in the ICU
WEDNESDAY, April 3, 2024 -- Integrating a simple screening tool upon intensive care unit (ICU) admission can streamline requests for palliative care consultations, according to a study published online April 1 in Critical Care Nurse.Traci N.... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 3, 2024 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

' Quad Shot' RT, Immunotherapy Improves Local Control in HNC'Quad Shot' RT, Immunotherapy Improves Local Control in HNC
A palliative Quad Shot radiotherapy regimen alongside concurrent immunotherapy can improve local control in symptomatic patients with head and neck cancer but may not improve overall survival.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hematology-Oncology Headlines - April 1, 2024 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Hematology-Oncology Source Type: news

Public Inspection: CMS: Medicare Program: Fiscal Year 2025 Hospice Wage Index and Payment Rate, Hospice Conditions of Participation, and Hospice Quality Reporting Program Requirements
Pre-publication notice of a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) updating the hospice wage index, payment rates, and aggregate cap amount for fiscal year 2025. Includes proposals regarding changes to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program; the adoption of the most recent Office of Management and Budget statistical area delineations, which would change the hospice wage index; clarifications to current policy related to the "election statement" and the "notice of election;" and clarifying language regarding hospice certification. Among other things, this rule seeks comments regarding the poten...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 1, 2024 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

'Life is short, eat the chocolate': NHS chief who urged Brits not to eat a whole Easter egg in one go faces backlash... from fellow medics!
Oxford based palliative care doctor Rachel Clarke agrees that life is too short to not eat an Easter egg after Dr Andrew Kelso, an NHS medical director told people to limit their chocolate consumption. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 28, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Supervised Exercise Improves Patient-Reported Outcomes for Metastatic Breast Cancer
WEDNESDAY, March 27, 2024 -- Supervised exercise during palliative treatment leads to beneficial effects on fatigue and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among patients with metastatic breast cancer, according to a study presented at the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - March 27, 2024 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Telehealth study on reimbursements for rural healthcare delivery
A recent Mayo Clinic study investigated how telehealth in palliative care may provide value for rural caregivers, healthcare teams and their patients. (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - March 14, 2024 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Primary Care Physician's Next Frontier: Palliative Care Primary Care Physician's Next Frontier: Palliative Care
Hospice and palliative care providers are adding primary care at home as a way to manage frail elders who can no longer visit their doctor ' s office.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 5, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Source Type: news

Assisted dying/assisted suicide
This report covers Parliament and the current law, the Government's role in the debate, international examples of jurisdictions where assisted dying/assisted suicide is available in some form, the involvement of physicians and assessments of eligibility and capacity to give informed consent, and palliative and end-of-life care. It identifies the pursuit of high-quality compassionate end-of-life care as a common theme in the evidence received, as well agency and control for the person dying.ReportHealth and Social Care Select Committee - news (Source: The Kings Fund - Health Management Specialist Collection)
Source: The Kings Fund - Health Management Specialist Collection - February 29, 2024 Category: Health Management Authors: The King ' s Fund Library Tags: Patient involvement, experience and feedback Source Type: news

Many Older Adults Don't Receive Palliative Care Before Death Many Older Adults Don't Receive Palliative Care Before Death
A tool that estimates mortality risk could help clinicians determine which patients receiving home care are close to death and might benefit from palliative care.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 28, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Critical Care Source Type: news

Palliating serious illness during disasters and public health emergencies - Mayahara M, Tay DL, Kates J, Rosa WE.
The increase in disasters and public health emergencies in recent years is a serious public health concern. The needs of suffering victims can be multifaceted, particularly the needs of those who are from systematically marginalized populations. Palliative... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 26, 2024 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Disaster Preparedness Source Type: news

Palliative Care Has a Branding Problem
(MedPage Today) -- Most people with a diagnosis impacting their quality of life intuitively understand how they could use "an extra layer of support." Loved ones need it too. Chronic and terminal disease reverberates through families like the stressors... (Source: MedPage Today Primary Care)
Source: MedPage Today Primary Care - February 22, 2024 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

The real doctor behind ITV's latest Covid drama: How Oxford-educated journalist-turned-medic behind Breathtaking led criticism of the Government's handling of the pandemic with scathing tweets while on the NHS frontline
Events in the script are heavily based around the pandemic memoirs of Dr Rachel Clarke, a palliative care doctor in Oxford who was seconded onto virus-riddled wards. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 20, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Early Detection Tests for Mesothelioma Are in Development
Scientists in Australia are developing early detection tests for mesothelioma. The Asbestos and Dust Diseases Research Institute‚Äôs new test could potentially save lives. According to ADDRI’s academic and research director Dr. Anthony Linton, the tests will be similar to PCR tests already in use to detect COVID-19. These new tests can find small amounts of DNA that cause disease. The PCR method, used since the 1980s, allows DNA samples to be studied in a higher level of detail. PCR is the tech behind the beginning of the 1990 Human Genome Project to identify and map human DNA.  “We have identified a...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - February 13, 2024 Category: Environmental Health Authors: Travis Rodgers Tags: Asbestos Exposure Clinical Trials/Research/Emerging Treatments Doctors/Specialists Mesothelioma Source Type: news

B.C. receives $733M in federal health funding for seniors' care
The funds will help expand home and community care, improve access to palliative and end-of-life services and improve the quality of long-term care, the federal and provincial health ministers announced Monday. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - February 13, 2024 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news