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Growing Evidence Supports Palliative Care Best Practices

There is a wide and varied body of evidence to help guide and support revisions of best practices in providing palliative care, according to a new study from the nonpartisan, nonprofit RAND Corporation.

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End-Of-Life Care For Stem-Cell Transplant Patients Scrutinized

In a recently published analysis, data was collected from patients who died within one year of receiving a stem cell transplant to better understand what end-of-life for these patients entails and how it can be improved upon to ensure that a patient is dying in the way they would like.

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AMA Ponders Changing Position on Physician-assisted Suicide

The American Medical Association's (AMA) longstanding policy of opposing physician-assisted suicide may take a new turn when the AMA House of Delegates debates and votes on whether the association's Code of Medical Ethics should be amended.

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California Judge Overturns State’s Right-to-Die Law

A judge in California this past week overturned a 2016 state law that allows physicians to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill adult patients who are mentally capable of making their own decisions.

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104-Year-Old Takes Advantage of Swiss Right-to-Die Law

A 104-year-old Australian biologist who drew international attention to his right-to-die case ended his life in Switzerland on Thursday (May 10), the Associated Press reports. The end-of-life advocacy group Exit International, which helped David Goodall carry out his wish, told the AP the scientist died at 12:30 p.m. in Liestal, a town outside the city of Basel, where he had traveled to take advantage of Switzerland's assisted-suicide laws.

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Integrating Hospice Care into Accountable Care Organizations

The Medicare hospice benefit is currently designed as a one-size-fits-all solution for a diverse population with varied end-of-life care needs, but Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) hold promise for innovative, high-quality hospice and palliative care.

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Bill Would Execute Docs Who Assist Terminal Patients in Dying

The Montana House has given initial approval to legislation that would allow the state to execute doctors for writing a prescription for aid-in-dying medication for terminally ill adults who request it to peacefully end their suffering. The Montana House approved the bill, HB 536, by a vote of 52 to 48.

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DC Legalizes Doctor-Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Patients

The Death with Dignity Act was transmitted by the D.C. Council to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate on Jan. 6 for a 30-legislative-day review period under the Home Rule Act. H.J. Res 27, which would have overturned the measure, stalled without a floor vote in either chamber.

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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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