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A New Advance Directive for Dementia

By: Barak Gaster, MD Dementia is one of the most challenging illnesses we face. As people experience the gradual loss of ability to understand conversations, become increasingly dependent on others for self-care, and frequently encounter agitation and distress, dementia is a difficult road to travel. The number of people living with dementia is expected to…

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Webinar: Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Advance Care Planning

There are many factors that can prevent individuals from examining, expressing and documenting their wishes when faced with advanced illness. These include emotional, social and cultural barriers as well as industry, regional and regulatory differences, all of which can make it more difficult for people with advanced illness to receive the care they prefer in…

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Liz Fowler: Increasing Access to High-Quality Palliative Care across Kentucky

Scaling access to palliative care by partnering with risk-bearing entities Liz Fowler, president and CEO at Bluegrass Care Navigators (BCN), is committed to putting BCN on an inexorable path to ensuring all Kentuckians have access to high-quality palliative care. Scaling access to palliative care in Kentucky is a formidable goal, given the large number of…

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New Report Explores Best Practices for Promoting Use of Advance Care Planning

Supporting provider education, building coalitions, and addressing social determinants of health are just some of the practices that could boost the use of advance care planning (ACP), a new report finds. Conducted by health care consulting firm Discern Health, the research was designed to help further develop the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care’s Advanced Care…

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National POLST Releases First National POLST Form

In an important step towards greater standardization and broader reach of portable medical order documentation for those with serious illness, this week the National POLST Paradigm released the first national POLST form.  POLST forms are medical orders that specify the treatments an individual wants during a medical emergency. POLST forms (sometimes called MOLST, MOST, or…

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C-TAC to Participate in New Project to Improve Serious Illness Care

C-TAC is one of seven organizations participating in a new initiative to improve care for older adults and those facing serious illness and the end of life. The effort will be co-funded by the Cambia Health Foundation and the John A. Hartford Foundation, in a new partnership announced on Aug. 29. Other organizations participating in…

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