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New ER Program Helped More Patients Get Needed Hospice Care

One hospital's push to transition patients who are nearing the end of life from the emergency room to hospice care appears to be working.

After the program went into effect, 54% of ER patients at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston transitioned to hospice care within 96 hours. That compared to 22% before the program began in 2021.

Their findings suggest that such programs may hel...

Jimmy Carter 'Happy' in At-Home Hospice Care as 99th Birthday Nears

Former President Jimmy Carter turned quite a few heads last week when he made a surprise visit to the Plains Peanut Festival in Georgia.

Carter, who turns 99 on Sunday, decided back in February “to spend his remaining time at home with his family and receive hospice care instead of additional medical intervention,” according to an announcement made at the time by the Carter Center.

Former President Jimmy Carter in Good Spirits 3 Months Into Hospice Care

Former President Jimmy Carter continues to be in good spirits and to enjoy his favorite peanut butter ice cream at home, three months after he began hospice care.

The 98-year-old Carter entered end-of-life care in February after announcing he would no longer receive medical intervention for...

What Exactly Is Hospice Care?

When former President Jimmy Carter recently entered home hospice care after many years of cancer treatment, it was an invitation for families across America to consider how they would like to spend their final days.

For experts in end-of-life care, the 98-year-old's

For-Profit Hospices Often Deliver Worse Care: Study

Patients spending the end of their lives in for-profit hospices receive substantially worse care than those who are in nonprofit hospices, a new study claims.

To come to that conclusion, RAND Corp. researchers analyzed surveys completed by people whose loved ones had spent time in more than 3,100 hospices throughout the country.

The research included reviewing more than 650,000 sur...

Few Countries Do Well Caring for the Dying

Americans don't like to dwell on dying, so maybe it isn't surprising that compared to other nations, the United States does just a middling job of providing a good death.

The United States ranked in the middle of 81 countries rated on how well their health care systems provide end-of-life care.

Only six countries -- the United Kingdom, Ireland, Taiwan, Australia, South Korea and Cos...

Family Members Are Swiping Hospice Patients' Painkillers: Study

In another sign of just how bad the U.S. opioid abuse epidemic has become, a new study finds family members often steal painkillers from dying relatives in hospice care.

In a survey of 371 hospices, 31% reported at least one case in which drugs were taken from a patient in the past 90 days. The thieves were most often relatives.

Lead researcher John Cagle said it's not c...

Hospital-Level Care in Your Home? It Could Be the Future

The days of old-fashioned house calls may be over, but there is a growing trend toward providing some hospital care in the comfort of patients' homes. Now, a new study suggests it might end up being cheaper and, in some respects, better than traditional hospital care.

The study, done at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, tested a "hospital at home" program -- where patients with ...

More Americans Are Now Dying at Home Rather Than the Hospital

Most folks would prefer a peaceful death at home, in familiar surroundings with the company of their loved ones.

Now, for the first time in a century, there's a rise in the likelihood of those dying wishes to be honored.

Home has now surpassed the hospital as the most common place of death in the United States, for the first time since the early 20th century, according to a ...

More Patients With Heart Disease Die at Home Than in Hospital

Nearly a third of U.S. heart patients die at home, which is more than the number who die in the hospital, according to a new study.

Researchers examined data on more than 12 million heart disease patients who died between 2003 and 2017. They looked at whether the deaths occurred in a hospital, home, nursing or long-term care facility, inpatient hospice, or elsewhere (outpatient medica...

Many Female Health Care Workers Make Poverty-Level Wages: Study

Every day they help feed, bathe and care for the frailest Americans. But female health care workers in the United States often get shortchanged on wages and health insurance, a new study finds.

In fact, about one-third of female health care workers made less than $15 an hour, and that number rose to half when these workers were black or Hispanic.

The study authors estimated...