The Whatcom Alliance for Health Advancement created a task force to educate residents of the Washington State county about end-of-life care options and palliative care resources. "It's an issue for all of us. Life is a terminal illness; we're all going to face it some day," said Marie Eaton, a professor at Western Washington University.
A Medalogix initiative using data analytics to help physicians identify at-risk patients eligible for hospice and palliative care and then use the information in their decision-making has made the finalist list in the Harvard Health Acceleration Challenge, which carries a $150,000 prize. The projects had to decrease health care costs, improve quality, expand access and be scalable.
AAHPM developed the list as a proud partner in the Choosing Wisely campaign. The list included a recommendation to not delay referral for palliative care for seriously ill patients who could benefit from this service and other medical regimens that may be efficacious for these patients.
Ann Neumann of New York University says being a hospice volunteer is a way to give back to the program after her father died, but it also helps her make sense of losing him and replaces feelings of helplessness with knowledge that she can help make dying easier for someone. She brought comfort to one hospice patient by helping him restring his guitar, and with another she sat and watched TV reruns while holding his hand.
Almost 150 people rallied at the Texas Capitol in Austin to urge lawmakers to provide $300 million to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, pass a bill to promote palliative care and increase support for tobacco awareness programs. Cancer survivor Christi Mang said her palliative care team has helped her deal with her treatment.