End-of-life care

Innovations

Legislatively Mandated, Permanent Council Serves as Effective Catalyst for Sustained Progress on End-of-Life Policy Issues in Maryland 08/12/13

Authorized as an independent, permanent government entity by the Maryland General Assembly, the Maryland State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life takes responsibility on an...

Care Coordinators Engage in Culturally Sensitive Discussions About Advance Directives With Seniors, Increasing Completion Rates and Reducing Disparities Between African Americans and Whites 07/11/13

As part of an organization-wide initiative to reduce disparities, HealthPartners (an integrated health care financing and delivery system based in Minneapolis) employs a culturally sensitive,...

Hospice Revamps Staffing and Services To Offer Culturally Competent Care and Outreach to Hispanic Community, Enhancing Awareness and Acceptance of End-of-Life Services 01/23/13

To attract and better serve the many Hispanics in its local community, Hospice by the Sea, Inc., created the Abriendo Puertas (Opening Doors) program, which featured cultural competency training...

Community-Based Oncology Practice Redesigns Processes Based on Patient-Centered Medical Home Model To Enhance Access, Improve Quality, and Reduce Costs 11/12/12

A community-based oncology practice (Consultants in Medical Oncology and Hematology, PC) reengineered its care delivery processes using evidence-based frameworks, including the National Committee...

System-Integrated Program Coordinates Care for People With Advanced Illness, Leading to Greater Use of Hospice Services, Lower Utilization and Costs, and High Satisfaction 12/20/11

Sutter Health's Advanced Illness Management program helps Medicare patients with late-stage chronic illness and their families make person-centered care decisions at the end of life. The program,...

QualityTools

Conversation Starter Kit 10/31/14

The Conversation Starter Kit can help consumers organize their thoughts and wishes, and then have conversations about end-of-life care with their friends, family, and doctor. The kit gives suggestions on steps to take while making these decisions...

Advance Care Planning Goals of Care 10/30/14

Advance Care Planning is a way to help you think about talk about and document wishes for health care. A Goals of Care Designation is a medical order used to describe and communicate the general aim or focus of care including the preferred...

Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care: A Roadmap for Hospitals 04/24/14

The Roadmap for Hospitals was developed by The Joint Commission to inspire hospitals to integrate concepts from the communication, cultural competence, and patient- and family-centered care fields into their organizations. This guide provides...

Caring Connections: Brochures 11/04/13

Caring Connections provides brochures to help people make informed decisions about end-of-life care and services. The free materials cover various stages of end-of-life care, such as planning ahead, talking with a physician, caring for a loved...

Palliative Care Tools 10/09/12

This collection of palliative care tools can help improve health care for patients near the end of life and their families. These tools were developed through the national program Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care , which sought...

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