‘Are you saying I’m dying?’ Training doctors to speak frankly about death

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The doctor pulls up a chair next to his patient, a 74-year-old woman with lung cancer. He tells her she doesn’t need more chemotherapy. Her eyes perk up; has she beaten her cancer? As it turns out, no. Her cancer has metastasized. She only has six months to live, at most. But her doctor is unable to find the right words.

“My cancer’s not gone? I thought it was getting better,” the patient says, bewildered.

“That’s the tough part …” the doctor replies.

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Hospice of the West Emphasizes Importance of Advance Directives for Arizonans, Promotes Discussions and Training on Advance Care Planning

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hospice of the West (HOW), a leading community-based hospice and palliative care organization in Maricopa County, Arizona, underscores the critical need for meaningful, thoughtful communication with families, caregivers and providers regarding end-of-life healthcare decisions, and the importance of executing advance directives for all Arizonans. As a passionate advocate for advance care planning (ACP), Rhea Go-Coloma, LMSW, chief administrative officer, HOW, spear-heads an initiative at HOW to provide education, training and resources regarding these issues, as well as guidance that has resulted in 100 percent of HOW’s employees completing pledges regarding their intentions to complete their ACP documents or have a thoughtful conversation on their already established individual advance directives.

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Seniors with Serious Illnesses Benefit from Advanced Illness Management: Hospice of the West Reports Enhanced Care Quality, Reduced Economic Burdens, High Satisfaction

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hospice of the West (HOW), a leading community-based hospice and palliative care organization in Maricopa County, Arizona, points to the importance of Advanced Illness Management (AIM) for health plan members with serious illnesses, effectively improving care quality, addressing financial consequences, and coordinating access to care. To further advance satisfaction with care and health plan participation, AIM utilizes a unique Palliative Illness Management™ solution, powered by Turn-Key Health, to deliver a range of services that are highly valued, but may have been missing in traditional models of care: symptom management, nutritional counseling, health system navigation, coordination with physicians, access to care, spiritual support, and more.

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Hospice of the West Examines Financial Impact of End-of-Life Care: Overall Economic Burdens and Trends, Need for Advanced Illness Management

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hospice of the West (HOW), a leading community-based hospice and palliative care organization in Maricopa County, Arizona, points to the overall economic burdens, demographics and factors associated with end-of-life care, and the value of Advanced Illness Management (AIM) to enhance care quality and address costs. HOW assesses the impact of a rapidly growing senior population, the likelihood that many will experience some form of serious, life-limiting illness, and the fiscal impact on health systems, healthcare payers and at-risk provider organizations serving seniors.

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Hospice of the West Cites Economic and Social Consequences of Over-Medicalization at End-of-Life

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hospice of the West (HOW), a leading community-based hospice and palliative care organization in Maricopa County, Arizona, points to the high cost of end-of-life care (EOL) on the healthcare system, highlights its devastating impact on patients and families, and offers solutions for easing the economic fall-out while improving quality and patient/caregiver satisfaction. As payers, policy makers and individuals cope with the impact of costly treatments for those with advanced chronic conditions or life limiting illnesses, HOW offers solutions to Medicare Advantage Plans and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to alleviate this problematic situation.

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Hospice of the West: Palliative and End-of-Life Care Benefits Patients in Maricopa County with End-Stage Renal Disease, Cardiopulmonary Failure, Frailty

PHOENIX, Ariz.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hospice of the West, a leading community-based hospice and palliative care organization in Maricopa County, Arizona, points to a new study showing the need for advances in end-of-life care across all diagnoses, with family-reported quality of end-of-life care significantly better for patients with cancer and dementia than for patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), cardiopulmonary failure or frailty.

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Hospice of the West Partners with Turn-Key Health, Brings First Predictive Analytics and Platform to Deliver Community-Based Palliative Care in Maricopa County, Arizona

PHOENIX–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Hospice of the West, a leading community-based Hospice and Palliative Care organization in Maricopa County, Arizona, announces its partnership with Turn-Key Health, the market leader in advanced illness population health management. Hospice of the West is committed to serving individuals living with life-limiting illnesses, and providing ongoing support to their loved ones. This collaboration aligns community-based palliative care providers with Medicare ACO and Medicare Advantage plans and beneficiaries through technology and process to solve the problem of poor quality, low satisfaction and extreme high cost during the last 18 months of life.

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