Lack of Caregiver Support Adversely Impacts Hospice Utilization

A lack of sufficient family caregiver support can have a negative impact on whether or not a patient receives hospice care. New research shows that patients who are faced with end-of-life decisions may be less likely to choose hospice unless they have a network of friends or family who can serve as home caregivers. The […]

Hospice Utilization in Assisted Living Exceeds Private Homes

Hospice utilization among Medicare beneficiaries is greater in assisted living facilities than many other settings, including private residences, according to new research published in Health Affairs.  Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City indicated that this was the first national study to examine the types of residences where […]

WSJ: COVID-19 Outbreak Boosting Demand for Palliative Care

As health care providers across every setting scramble to meet patient needs during the novel coronavirus pandemic, many are starting to recognize the importance of palliative care and are seeking more support from those clinicians. The outbreak — and associated morbidity and mortality — has underscored the need for clinicians to navigate difficult, often emotional conversations […]

Palliative Care Providers Mobilize During COVID-19

As the COVID-19 spread continues with climbing death rates and confirmed cases, providers across the health care continuum are navigating the impact on patients and staff. With older adults and those with serious medical conditions at greatest risk, palliative care stands to play a significant role during the coronavirus outbreak. According to the U.S. Centers […]

Racial Disparities Persist Among Palliative Patients with Kidney Disease

Patients of color suffering from advanced kidney disease are underrepresented among palliative care patients, recent research has found. Outreach to these communities can improve patients’ quality of life as well as expand providers’ market penetration. Palliative care utilization among hospitalized patients suffering from end-stage kidney disease has risen overall, the study found, but black and […]