Advance Care Planning: Reminder for YOU to Have the Conversation

Coalition Blog #4 – Welcome to the fourth Coalition blog post written in support of National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD, April 16th). The scenario generally plays out the same. A person becomes ill…too ill to make decisions for themselves…too ill to communicate with the attending medical staff. Nearby family rush to the hospital bedside. The … Read moreAdvance Care Planning: Reminder for YOU to Have the Conversation

National Consensus Project Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th Edition

Coalition Blog #3 – Welcome to the third National Coalition blog post! Read previous blogs. Background In January 2017, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awarded the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care (NCHPC) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation a two-year grant to update the National Consensus Project (NCP) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care to … Read moreNational Consensus Project Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th Edition

Cambia Health Foundation Announces 10 New Sojourns Scholars to Advance Palliative Care

Elite group of physicians and nurses demonstrate strong leadership potential and commitment to expanding palliative care. PORTLAND, Ore. (Sept. 20, 2017) – The Cambia Health Foundation has announced the acceptance of 10 new physicians and nurses into the Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program, the Foundation’s signature program to develop emerging palliative care leaders. With this new … Read moreCambia Health Foundation Announces 10 New Sojourns Scholars to Advance Palliative Care

A One-On-One with Extremis’ Dr. Jessica Zitter

In September 2016, Netflix released an original documentary, “Extremis”; a 24-minute account of the end of life experience in an ICU setting. The AAHPM member featured in the documentary, Jessica Zitter, MD, recounts her journey to becoming a hospice and palliative medicine physician and her idea for the documentary. “In 2009, I realized the need … Read moreA One-On-One with Extremis’ Dr. Jessica Zitter

Highlights of the July Issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

Listed below are a few articles from the most recent issue of the journal: Special Series on Measuring What Matters Assessing Emotional Suffering in Palliative Care: Use of a Structured Note Template to Improve Documentation Sangeeta Lamba, Ana Berlin, Rebecca Goett, Christopher B. Ponce, Bart Holland, Susanne Walther, and the AAHPM Research Committee Writing Group … Read moreHighlights of the July Issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

President Crossno’s Letter to American Medical News

Letter to American Medical News January 6, 2012 Re: Handful of States Promise Physicians Online Access to Advance Directives, posted January 3, 2012 on amednews.com http://bit.ly/vFKMvx When very sick patients are unable to express their wishes toward the end of life, nothing is more heartbreaking for doctors and loved ones than not knowing what those … Read morePresident Crossno’s Letter to American Medical News

What Is Palliative Care?

by Ruth Mugalian, Public Communications Inc. Read the full article about defining palliative care in the Winter issue of The Quarterly. When I talk about my work with hospice and palliative medicine specialists and why I enjoy it, I usually say something like this: “They’re doctors who take care of very sick patients. They relieve … Read moreWhat Is Palliative Care?

PalliMed reception

The PalliMed/ GeriPal co-sponsored reception last night was a success. As repeatedly and succinctly put by social networking guru Christian Sinclair, the purpose of this event was to meet those with whom we’ve been communicating for the past 12 months, whether by Twitter, List-serve, blog or Facebook. Plus it’s fun! Present were PalliMed contributors and … Read morePalliMed reception