Our recent book, Palliative Care: Transforming the Care of Serious Illness (Jossey-Bass, San Francisco 2010), has been a long time coming. I got the invitation from my co-editors Stephen Isaacs and Bob Hughes of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation over three years ago. The book was to be another in an annual series of books on health reform in areas of significant investment by the Foundation. Prior volumes addressed the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and School-Based Clinics, among others.
The Hospice and Palliative Care initiative in VA took on renewed strength and vigor in 2008 when specific funding was allocated to this initiative. Since then, Palliative Care Consulting Teams (PCCTs) have been developed in every VA facility. Regional oversight of these teams is being provided by a Program Manager and a Clinical Champion, positions … Read moreHospice and Palliative Care in VA
The AAHPM Delegation to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates welcomed back a good friend and effective representative at the AMA’s 2010 Annual Meeting in Chicago, held June 12-15. Dennis S. Pacl, MD FACP – who was instrumental in the securing the Academy’s seat in the House and once served as its delegate – rejoined the team as Alternate Delegate.
Saudi ARAMCO Medical Services Organization May 24-26, 2010 I participated in a fascinating international medical conference at the Saudi ARAMCO hospital in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. I was invited to speak on palliative care topics during a geriatric and palliative care conference by Dr. Richard Dupee, chief, Geriatrics Service, Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Charles Cefalu, a … Read moreA Member’s Perspective on the Geriatrics and Palliative Care Conference in Saudi Arabia
I often encounter misconceptions about elder mistreatment. The following are the most frequent misconceptions and my responses to them. Please let me know by your replies if you agree with the following.
With the advent of hospice and palliative medicine more attention is given to palliative chemotherapy. New chemotherapy regimens are being designed to ‘heal’ rather than ‘cure’, to alleviate symptoms while maintaining the patient’s quality of life.
Some hospice and palliative care programs are helping physicians in their communities to qualify for board certification in hospice and palliative medicine (HPM), offering “practice pathway” opportunities to accumulate necessary hours of caring for patients while learning the medical subspecialty on the job.
Lifelong learning is imperative in the medical profession- especially for physicians. Then, every 10 years this knowledge is tested by the American Board of Medical Specialty to assess one’s foundation of knowledge. I understand tests are important, yet rarely have I found them fun and exciting. For me, every board exam causes stress and high … Read moreSix month countdown to the HPM Boards!
What, if anything, is the relationship between geriatrics and palliative medicine? They are clearly separate fields, each with their own distinct areas of competence and interests. There is though an area of overlap that holds the power to transform the way we care for patients with advanced illness. We saw a preview of this at … Read moreHospice & Palliative Care at the American Geriatrics Society Meeting
In April, the Palmetto GBA Medical Directors issued a memo to home health and hospice providers because of concern over a high error rate related to signature problems in the medical record, x-ray reports, and laboratory and radiology orders. They hope to make a significant improvement in the error rate over the next year through provider education.