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Innovative Palliative Care Solution Examined in White Paper

To help tackle the impact of a senior population projected to grow by 135 percent by 2050, this technique deploys community-based palliative care teams complemented by predictive analytics, and identifies individuals earlier in the disease trajectory to support patient and family caregiver engagement...

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DC Mayor Signs ‘Death With Dignity’ Measure

Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) has signed the DC Death With Dignity Act which, if approved by Congress, would give mentally capable, terminally ill adults the option of medical aid in dying to end unbearable suffering. The DC Council approved the bill on Nov. 15 by a veto-proof 11-2 margin.

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D.C. Council Approves ‘Death With Dignity’ Bill by Veto-Proof Margin

The D.C. City Council on Tuesday (Nov. 1) approved the proposed D.C. Death with Dignity Act by a vote of 11-2, a veto proof margin. The bill will now be placed on the agenda for a second and final vote at the next Council legislative meeting, which is scheduled to take place on Nov. 15.

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End-of-Life Forms Can Pose Problems for Elderly Patients

In recent years, Physicians’ Orders for Life Sustaining Treatments (POLST) forms have been seen as an important way to honor the end-of-life wishes of frail elderly or terminally ill patients who cannot speak for themselves.But while the goal of filling out POLST forms is to let providers know patients’ preferences regarding life-sustaining treatments, the information they contain is often ambiguous, a new University at Buffalo study has found.

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Committee OKs ‘DC Death with Dignity’ Bill; On to City Council

The legislation would give mentally capable, terminally ill adults the additional end-of-life care option of medical aid in dying. It would enable them to get a doctor’s prescription for medication they could take to die peacefully in their sleep to stop unbearable suffering.

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DC Policymakers to Consider Death with Dignity Legislation

The bill would give mentally capable, terminally ill adults in the District of Columbia the additional end-of-life care option of medical aid in dying. It would enable them to obtain a doctor’s prescription for medication they could take to die peacefully in their sleep in order to stop unbearable suffering.

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Lawmakers, Practitioners Ponder End-of-Life Policies

During the briefing, lawmakers discussed the rapidly aging U.S. population and the growing need to improve care for people with serious illnesses and those nearing the end of life. Participants cited the popularity of such books as Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, M.D., as evidence that Americans are increasingly interested in receiving the type of care they want and need during such critical times.

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POLST Compliments Advance Care Directives

People with serious illnesses or frailty often receive treatment not aligned with what they want, in part because they haven’t discussed or documented their care preferences. The POLST form addresses this problem by effectively capturing people’s wishes and making these preferences accessible to health care providers.

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2016 Doc Fee Schedule Rule Allows End-of-Life Counseling

The rule, which takes effect in January, will allow Medicare to reimburse health care professionals for time spent discussing plans for end-of-life care with patients and their families. Such planning helps ensure that patients’ wishes are honored at a critical time.

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Canada Moves Closer to Adopting Assisted Suicide Measure

The Canadian government’s Expert Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada has returned from its fact-finding trip to Portland, OR, where it learned how assisted dying, which has been legal in Oregon for nearly 20 years, is practiced.

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