Posted on October 29, 2019 in Hospice EducationPatients and families often ask, “what is end-stage liver disease?” It’s a good question given that end-stage liver disease is a term that covers an array of different conditions that affect the liver. This includes nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, liver cancer, alcohol-related liver disease, hepatitis B or C and other illnesses, infections, and diseases that affect the liver and bile ducts. When a patient’s liver disease reaches cirrhosis, a stage when the liver damage can no longer be reversed, it becomes a terminal diagnosis.
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Posted on October 17, 2019 in Hospice EducationAs the nation’s healthcare system moves from volume- to value-based care and increased engagement with patients, there is a new emphasis on patient-centered care. Healthcare providers are beginning to see their patients less as a medical diagnosis and more as an individual person with a life and needs beyond a diagnostic billing code.
Posted on October 16, 2019 in Hospice EducationThe American Case Management Association states that “the goal of case management is to maintain optimal patient health status across the continuum of care in a manner that emphasizes both individual control over decisions and stewardship of resources regardless of provider.”
Posted on October 9, 2019 in Hospice EducationIn a book full of determination and inspiration, perhaps the most inspiring thing is that Susan Spencer-Wendel’s memoir Until I Say Goodbye exists at all. Diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at age 44, she typed out the book letter by letter with her right thumb, her only finger still able to type.
Posted on September 25, 2019 in Hospice EducationFor the first time in U.S. history, a person is more likely to die from an accidental overdose than a motor vehicle crash. That is the chilling analysis of the National Safety Council as deaths from drug overdoses climbed above 70,000 in 2017 – more than all the Americans who died in the Vietnam War.
Posted on September 18, 2019 in Hospice EducationPhysicians have been given a gift. Through their intellect, education, and hard work, they have the power to heal people. For physician Atul Gawande, it was humbling to learn that none of this prepared him or his colleagues for the patients they couldn’t heal.