| 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 Aug 01, 2017 | By:

Atrius Health Meets with Congressional Leaders on Hospice and Palliative Care

Kathy Keough, Director of Government Relations, and Dr. Joel Bauman, Medical Director for VNA Care Hospice & Palliative Care, recently met with Massachusetts Congressional leaders in Washington, DC to advocate on a number of bills before Congress that affect hospice and palliative care. The visits were organized by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

Meetings were held with key health policy staff members in the offices of Senator Edward Markey along with Representatives Nikki Tsongas,

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| Posted On Jul 21, 2016 | By:

VNA Care Participates in Meetings with Congressional Leaders on Hospice Issues

VNA Care was well represented at this week’s “Advocacy Intensive 2016” sponsored by the Hospice Action Network, as nearly 300 representatives from hospice agencies descended on Washington, DC to meet with members of their respective Congressional leaders and their staff on issues of importance to hospice.

Among those participating included included Daiva Braunfelds, Vice President of VNA Hospice & Palliative Care, Dr. James Baker, Medical Director of VNA Hospice & Palliative Care and Kathy Keough,

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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 Oct 08, 2014 | By:

Atrius Health CMO Dr. Richard Lopez Testifies at Cost Trends Hearings on the Importance of Post-Acute Care

Atrius Health was honored to be among several panelists to participate in the 2014 Annual Cost Trends Hearing yesterday on “Challenges and Opportunities for Coordinated Care: Post-Acute Care.” Richard Lopez, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Atrius Health joined other panelists including representatives from Baystate Medical Center, Brockton Visiting Nurses Association and Beaumont Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center to discuss the vital role that post-acute care plays in improving patient outcomes and reducing healthcare costs.

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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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