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Posted on June 29, 2017 at 4:47 PM
Few areas of health
care are as personal, or as fraught, as care for people with serious
illnesses who are approaching death. At a point in their lives when their
needs are often as much social and spiritual as they are medical, people
are confronted with a fragmented, rescue-driven health care
system that produces
miraculous results but also disastrous failures.

As the nation’s population of individuals over the age of 65 is expected to
reach 84 million by 2050, addressing these challenges becomes increasingly
important, requiring coordination across multiple sectors and levels of
government. Innovations are needed to produce improvements in care
delivery; better communication between clinicians, patients and families; greater
uptake of advance care planning tools; and payment systems and policies
that support patient needs and preferences. 

The July 2017 issue of Health Affairs, “Advanced Illness and End-of-Life Care”
includes a comprehensive look at these issue and others. In addition, HA
is hosting a forum at the National Press Club on
Tuesday, July 11.

Topics covered will include:
  • Care At The End Of Life
  • Financing & Spending
  • Quality Of Care &
    Patient Preferences
  • Hospice & Palliative
The program will
feature the following presenters:
  • Melissa Aldridge, Associate
    Professor, Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, IcahnSchool
    of Medicine at Mount Sinai, on Epidemiology And Patterns Of Care At The
    End Of Life:Rising Complexity, Shifts In Care Patterns And Sites of Death
  • Rachelle E. Bernacki,
    Director of Quality Initiatives, Psychosocial Oncology and PalliativeCare,
    Dana Farber Cancer Institute; Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School;
    and Associate Director, Serious Illness Care Program, Ariadne Labs, on A
    Systematic Intervention To Improve Serious Illness Communication In
    Primary Care
  • Julie Bynum, Associate
    Professor Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth, on High-Cost Dual Eligible
    Service Use Demonstrates Need For Supportive And Palliative Models Of Care
  • Janet Corrigan, Chief
    Program Officer for Patient Care, Executive Vice President, Gordon and
    Betty Moore Foundation
  • Katherine Courtright,
    Instructor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care
    Medicine University of Pennsylvania Health System on Approximately One In
    Three US Adults Completes Any Type Of Advance Directive For End-Of-Life
  • Robrecht De Schreye,
    Researcher, End of Life Care, University of Brussels, on Applying
  • Quality Indicators From
    Linked Databases To Evaluate End-Of-Life Care For Cancer Patients In
  • Rachel Dolin, Fellow, David
    A. Winston Fellowship, on A Positive Association Between Hospice Profit
    Margin And The Rate At Which Patients Are Discharged Before Death
  • Elaine Kelly, Senior
    Research Economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies, on End-Of-Life Medical
    Spending In Last Twelve Months Of Life Is Lower Than Previously Reported
  • Judith Lucas, Associate
    Professor and Assistant Chair, Undergraduate Program, Seton Hall
    University College of Nursing, on CMS Strategies To Reduce Antipsychotic
    Drug Use In Nursing Home Patients With Dementia Show Some Progress
  • Diane Meier, Director, Center
    to Advance Palliative Care, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, on A National
    Strategy For Palliative Care
  • Susan Miller, Professor of
    Health Services, Practice and Policy, Brown University School of Public
    Health, on Increasing Veterans’ Hospice Use: The Veterans Health
    Administration’s Focus On Improving End-Of-Life Care
  • Vincent Mor, Professor of
    Health Services, Policy & Practice, and the Florence Pirce Grant
    University Health, Brown University School of Public Health, Health
    Affairs Issue Adviser
  • Dina Keller Moss, NARRATIVE
    MATTERS:Getting It Right At The End Of Life
  • Martina Orlovic, Post
    Graduate Researcher, Imperial College London, on Analysis Of End-Of-Life
    Care, Out-Of-Pocket Spending, And Place Of Death In 16 European Countries
    And Israel
  • Katherine Ornstein,
    Assistant Professor, Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine and
    Institute for Translational Epidemiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt.
    Sinai, on A National Profile Of End-Of-Life Caregiving In The United
  • Rebecca Anhang Price, Senior
    Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation, on Caregivers For Black And Hispanic
    Patients Report Hospice Care Similar To Or Better Than Care Given Whites
  • Joan Teno, Professor,
    Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, University of Washington
    Medicine, on Challenges Of Measuring Quality Of Community-Based Programs
    For Seriously Ill Individuals And Their Families

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