World hospice and palliative care news roundup – 4 August 2016

Categories: In The Media.

Few palliative care patients at risk under Ontario’s new opioid policy: study

Canada – The Globe and Mail

Only a small number of palliative-care patients in Ontario will be affected by the province’s plan to stop paying for high-dose opioid medications under its public drug programs, a new study shows.

Dying to Know Day: death, dying and bereavement up for discussion in Nowra

US – South Coast Register

It’s something that will happen to all of us but not many people know how to talk about death and dying.

A Child Suffering — A Family’s Pain

US – JDSUPRA Business Advisor

As adult-children, sisters, brothers, and friends, chances are you may be asked to be surrogate for a loved one at some point in your life.  If not, someone probably will ask you to weigh in on what to do when medicine can neither comfort nor cure.

Ethical standards should go beyond end-of-life care

US – McKnight’s

The human rights advocate Jonathan Mann wrote, “Damage to human dignity may have more serious adverse effects on physical, social, and mental well-being than infectious disease.” (Horton, 2004, p. 1084)

Whose life is worth living? Assisted suicide draws a line

Canada – Lifesite News

So it seems that suicide is now a medical service, and the debate in Canada has come and gone with barely a whisper. With the exception of a few newspaper columnists fretting here or there, the debate seems to have subsided before it really began. 

Hospices in running for Third Sector Awards 2016

ehospice UK

The communications teams at Keech Hospice Care and Shooting Star Chase and Zoe Byrne, volunteer development manager at Princess Alice Hospice, have been shortlisted for this year’s Third Sector Awards.

Final FY 2017 Hospice Wage Index is released by CMS

ehospice USA

On July 29, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a final rule (CMS-1652-F) that updates fiscal year (FY) 2017 Medicare payment rates and the wage index for hospices serving Medicare beneficiaries

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