UK – Netdoctor
A recent report, Quality of Death Index 2015, by the Economist Intelligence Unit investigated the standard of palliative care in 80 countries and reported that the UK comes out top. Although many still rely on a postcode lottery and work still needs to be done, unlike decades ago palliative care is no longer confined to looking after an individual in the last 24–48 hours of their life.
US – CSU
There are myriad ways to approach the development of a community-based palliative care program. You can begin by partnering with a local hospital, or embed a palliative care clinician in a physician practice. Or you might enter into a pilot with a health plan. And of course, you can always just start making home visits and billing fee-for-service Medicare.
India – The Hindu
A year ago, when I walked into the Intensive Care Unit and saw my father wailing and roiling in pain, all I wanted to do was run, somewhere far, where his cries wouldn’t reach me.
Ireland – Independent
The founders of Ireland’s first children’s hospice, the LauraLynn foundation have stepped down from the charity today.
UK – Hastings and St. Leonards Observer
Nationally the Royal College of Nursing has found that, sadly, terminally ill children are being let down by a lack of staff, training and resources in children’s community health services.
US – The New York Times
Roslyn Lewis was at work at a dollar store here in Tuscaloosa, pushing a heavy cart of dog food, when something popped in her back: an explosion of pain. At the emergency room the next day, doctors gave her Motrin and sent her home.
Caroline Hodgson has been appointed to the newly created position of social worker at Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.
On July 27, the HHS Office of the Inspector General posted an Advisory Opinion regarding hospice arrangements with nursing facilities.