Aggressive Cancer Treatment at End of Life Does Not Extend Survival

Aggressive treatment to terminally ill advanced cancer patients did not increase their lifespan, a recent study found. Researchers from the Yale Cancer Center in New Haven, Connecticut, and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston conducted the study, which appeared in JAMA Oncology. They found no significant differences in the length of […]

National Health Care Expenditures Growing Faster than U.S. GDP

Inflation and rising health care utilization are driving U.S. health care spending to grow faster than the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). The nation’s health care spend is projected to reach nearly $5.1 trillion in 2024, up from $4.5 in 2022. This is according to a report in Health Affairs that also projected national health […]

Research Finds Links Between Hospice Care, Reduced Cancer-Related Suicides

Data trends have found that suicide rates among cancer patients have decreased during the last three decades, with improved psychosocial end-of-life care a potential factor. Researchers recently examined trends in cancer-related suicides during the last four decades and how these rates compare with the general population. A large aim was to gain a broader picture […]

Psychological Trauma Can Worsen Symptom Burden at End-of-Life

Recent research has found that traumatic experiences can lead to increased pain and symptom burden at the end of life, along with a greater likelihood of emotional suffering and isolation. Collective trauma experiences have been associated with higher instances of pain and dyspnea among more than half of seniors nationwide, a recent study found, published […]

Key Research Trends: Telehealth Impacts, Global Gaps in Hospice, Goal-Concordant Care

Research trends can help hospice providers improve their understanding around the impacts of their services and where quality gaps may exist. This article details recent key research findings on hospice care, including the effects of telehealth utilization among terminally ill pediatric patients, along with barriers to improved goal-concordant end-of-life care in Asia, Canada and Europe. […]

Hospice Care Found Lacking in Assisted Living Setting

Hospices that see higher numbers of patients in assisted living facilities tend to have lower quality scores than other providers, research has found. Hospice providers with higher volumes of assisted living-based patients are 7% more likely to receive lower quality scores than those in other settings, according to a recent study, published in the Journal […]

Telemedicine Linked to Health Care Cost Savings, Improved Quality

Research has found links between greater telemedicine utilization and improvements in health care access and quality, particularly among chronically ill populations. A recent Health Affairs study has dug into the quality and cost impacts of telehealth utilization during the pandemic. Researchers examined more than 5.5 million beneficiaries with continuous enrollment in traditional Medicare who received […]

Specialized SNF Clinicians Can Help Improve Care Quality at End of Life

Specialized nursing facility clinicians, or SNFists, have a strong potential to reduce hospitalizations and improve quality of care at the end of life, including access to hospice. The work of SNFists uniquely impacted the care of nursing home residents during their last 90 days of life, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open. […]

Memory Care Residents See Higher Mortality, Hospice Utilization Rates

Patients in assisted living-based memory care facilities have higher mortality rates and are more likely to enroll in hospice, a new study indicates. Dementia-related illnesses have become one of the most frequently occuring principal diagnoses among hospice patients, tied with cancer, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. In Fiscal Year 2022, 7.5% […]

Hospitalists More Likely than Specialists to Refer to Hospice

Hospitalized cancer patients have a greater likelihood of receiving a hospice referral from a hospitalist than other physicians, recent research has found. Hospitalist-led services (HS) referred 11.8% of patients to inpatient hospice settings between July 26, 2021 and Jan. 31, 2022, a recent study found. This was a higher rate compared to the 5.8% of […]