| Posted On Apr 19, 2018 | By:

National Healthcare Decisions Week, April 15-19

I recently met with a patient during a palliative care consult. She was feeling good, and we had lovely discussions about what was important to her. She cherished her family and living independently in her apartment, where every day she went outside to sit on the same bench and watch the people go by. We spoke about her wishes for the end of her life and who would make decisions for her if she were unable.

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| Posted On Apr 06, 2017 | By:

Sunday, April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day

National Healthcare Decisions Day (NHDD) exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and healthcare providers about the importance of advance care planning. NHDD is an initiative to encourage patients to express their wishes regarding healthcare and for providers and facilities to respect those wishes, whatever they may be. The theme for 2017 is “It Always Seems Too Early, Until It’s Too Late.”

According to a national survey done by The Conversation Project in 2013,

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| Posted On Jan 23, 2017 | By:

Atrius Health Testifies on Provider Price Variation

Dr. Steven Strongwater, Atrius Health President & CEO, testified last week at the Massachusetts State House before Senator James Welch and Representative Jeffrey Sanchez, co-chairs of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, who also chair the state’s Provider Price Variation Commission.  Atrius Health was among a number of groups testifying at last week’s hearing including representatives from the Massachusetts Medical Society, union and consumer groups, and community hospitals.  The Commission is slated to release its final report and recommendations on March 15th.

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| Posted On May 26, 2016 | By:

Atrius Health Joins Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care

Atrius Health recently joined the newly formed Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care which launched its inaugural summit on May 12th. The coalition includes 58 health care groups organized by The Conversation Project, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Ariadne Labs. The goal of the Coalition is to improve the care and experience for those facing serious, potentially life-limiting illness and ensure that “health care for everyone in Massachusetts is in accordance with their goals,

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| Posted On Apr 14, 2015 | By:

What are YOUR choices? National Healthcare Decisions Day is Thursday, April 16th

As a nurse practitioner for the palliative care program at Harvard Vanguard, I recently met Michael during my visit to his home. Michael had recently been hospitalized and returned home needing portable oxygen and a walker. As part of my visit, we talked about his life and how he is coping with his illness. When I asked him how he wanted to be cared for as his illness progressed, he didn’t have a ready answer.

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| Posted On Oct 15, 2014 | By:

Talking to Patients about Advanced Care Planning

Talking to seriously ill patients about their prognosis, the trajectory of their illness, and their treatment options can be a difficult conversation for clinicians to initiate. Patients are also uncomfortable proactively sharing their feelings on the topic with their physician or their families.  Because of the silence, there is typically a big gap between what a patient wants and what actually happens.

According to a Massachusetts Commission on End of Life Care/Massachusetts AARP survey done in 2005,

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| Posted On Nov 26, 2013 | By:

Atrius Health Submits Comments on Proposed End-of-Life and Palliative Care Regulations

In 2009, the Massachusetts Expert Panel on End of Life Care, established by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS), conducted a comprehensive review of the issues surrounding end-of-life care both nationally and in the Commonwealth. It concluded that Massachusetts residents nearing the end of their lives often do not receive the care that they want or need and are unaware of the full range of care options, including hospice and palliative care services.

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