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  • Three Reforms to Bring Down Michigan Health Care Costs

    05/24/2016 9:44:57 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 20 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/20/2016 | Jarrett Skorup
    LANSING — The federal government’s involvement in health care policy has grown dramatically over recent decades. But when it comes to how and where health care services are delivered, and who may or may not provide care, state governments still play a major role — one Michigan is performing badly. That's the message from a panel of experts from Michigan and elsewhere recently assembled in Lansing, who offered some specific reforms that would make care more accessible and affordable in this state. The panel of four experts assembled for a Mackinac Center event called “Free Market Solutions to Problems in...
  • Dem Donors Plead Guilty to $33 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

    04/02/2016 2:42:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    The Washingon Free Beacon ^ | April 1, 2016 | Joe Schoffstall
    Five individuals who have donated to Democratic politicians pleaded guilty to a scheme that drained Medicare out of $33 million dollars. Two physicians and three owners of hospice and home care companies based out of Detroit, Mich., were charged on June 18, 2015 as part of the largest Medicare fraud case in history for submitting fraudulent claims for home health care and hospice services that were either not provided or deemed medically unnecessary.The elaborate operation revolved around Muhammad Tariq, Shahid Tahir, and Manawar Javed—the owners of the home health care and hospice companies—paying kickbacks and bribes to physicians for referrals...
  • Frisco hospice owner urged nurses to overdose patients so they would die quicker, FBI says

    03/30/2016 3:50:41 AM PDT · by DFG · 33 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 03/29/2016 | Jamie Knodel
    The owner of a Frisco medical company regularly directed nurses to overdose hospice patients with drugs such as morphine to speed up their deaths and maximize profits and sent text messages like, “You need to make this patient go bye-bye,” an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit for a search warrant obtained by NBC 5. The executive, Brad Harris, founded the company, Novus Health Care Services, Inc., in July 2012, according to state records. Novus’ office is on Dallas Parkway in Frisco. No charges have been filed against Novus or Harris. Harris, 34, did not return messages left with a...
  • Death of the Hospice Chaplain Profession?

    02/25/2016 2:12:09 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Offbeat Comnpassion ^ | February 24, 2016 | Karen Bookman Kaplan
    Off the record, a colleague of mine with decades of hospice experience predicted to me that the government would eventually get rid of the requirement that hospices hire chaplains. This particularly caught me off guard because I had just procured such a position with Center for Hope Hospice in Elizabeth, NJ. He elaborated that "the government wants to save money. They say America is becoming more secularized anyway, and so chaplains aren't needed all that much." Not that my shiny new job offer was about to vanish and "go gentle into that good night," but I was nettled by the...
  • Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, 6th Man on Moon, Dies in Florida

    02/05/2016 2:48:42 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 28 replies
    Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who became the sixth man on the moon when he and Alan Shepard helped NASA recover from Apollo 13's "successful failure" and later devoted his life to exploring the mind, physics and unexplained phenomena such as psychics and aliens, has died in Florida. He was 85. Mitchell died Thursday night at a West Palm Beach hospice after a short illness, his daughter, Kimberly Mitchell, said. Mitchell's passing coincides with the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 14 mission, which ran from Jan. 31 to Feb. 9, 1971. Mitchell, one of only 12 humans to set foot...
  • Bluesman B.B. King 'in Home Hospice Care,' His Website Says

    05/02/2015 9:58:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    CNN ^ | Sat May 2, 2015 | Ralph Ellis
    Blues legend B.B. King is battling health problems, with a message on his website saying the 89-year-old musician is in "home hospice care." King was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital Thursday afternoon, CNN affiliate KLAS reported, because his daughter, Patty King, said he wasn't eating and was dehydrated. Tests showed King may have had a minor heart attack, she told KLAS. He was released and went home.
  • Mississippi Rep. Alan Nunnelee moved to hospice

    01/30/2015 3:07:02 PM PST · by DoodleDawg · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/30/15 | Lauren French
    Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee has been moved to hospice care following a seven-month fight with cancer. Morgan Baldwin, a consultant for the Mississippi Republican, said in a statement that doctors found a new tumor in Nunnelee and that “no further medical treatment is possible.” “After seven months of bravely fighting brain cancer and a stroke, Congressman Alan Nunnelee was informed last Friday that a new tumor has developed and no further medical treatment is possible,” Baldwin said. “On Monday of this week, Alan came home and is resting comfortably with family. The family continues to ask for your prayers and...
  • Hospice worker who 'fondled and sodomized' nursing home patients escapes jail.....

    FULL TITLE: Hospice worker who 'fondled and sodomized' nursing home patients escapes jail because his victims died or had dementia and couldn't testify A hospice worker accused of fondling and sodomizing elderly patients had rape, sodomy and sexual assault charges against him dropped because the victims had died or succumbed to Alzheimer's and couldn't testify. Walter Javier Martinez, 45, had been facing felony charges in connection with numerous episodes of sexual abuse while working at three St Louis-area nursing homes as an employee of Odyssey Hospice. The charges were replaced with four misdemeanor counts of elder abuse, to which Martinez...
  • U.S. Medicare program scales back hospice drugs restrictions

    07/19/2014 5:33:03 AM PDT · by Innovative · 37 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 18, 2014 | David Morgan
    The Obama administration on Friday backed down on restrictions of private insurance coverage for hospice drugs under Medicare, saying the regulations were preventing some terminally ill patients from having access to medicine. Under Medicare's Part A hospital program, hospices receive daily payments for each patient but are responsible for all drugs related to a patient's terminal illness. Medicare Part D covers only prescriptions and medications for curative conditions that are unrelated to a terminal illness.
  • Medicare Modifies Controversial Hospice Drug Rule (won't pay for pain relief pills)

    07/19/2014 2:49:07 AM PDT · by Innovative · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 18, 2014 | Susan Jaffe
    Under the rules that took effect in May, hospice patients or their families could not fill prescriptions through their Part D drug plans until first confirming that the prescriptions were not covered by hospice providers. Drugs related to palliative and comfort care are supposed to be covered under the fixed rate payments to the hospice. Medicare announced Friday that the rules would be revised so that the additional authorization would be required for only four types of medications: pain relievers, anti-nauseants, laxatives, and anti-anxiety drugs that are “nearly always” considered hospice-related.
  • Fred Phelps, founder of 'rabid' Westboro Baptist Church, said near death

    03/16/2014 1:26:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 3/16/2014 | Mark Sappenfield
    Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of the Kansas church held in disgust worldwide for its antigay protests of prominent funerals, is in hospice care and "on the edge of death," according to one of his estranged sons. Nate Phelps posted the information on Facebook Saturday night, adding the revelation that his father had been excommunicated from the church in 2013. A church spokesman told the Topeka Capitol-Journal that Phelps was indeed in the hospice but that Nate Phelps "is not well informed." The spokesman also refused to comment on the allegation that the elder Mr. Phelps has been excommunicated. Another...
  • Fred Phelps, Westboro Pastor, Ex-communicated, "at death's door" (NOT SATIRE)

    03/16/2014 9:08:52 AM PDT · by hoagy62 · 70 replies Friendly Atheist ^ | 3/15/14 | Hemat Mehta/Patheos
    You know Fred Phelps. You loathe Fred Phelps. You despise everything he stands for, like his family members’ infamous protests at soldiers’ funerals with their awful “God Hates Fags” signs. They’ve been a symbol for many years of the religion-based animosity against the LGBT community — to the point that they’ve been labeled a “hate group” and even the most fundamentalist Christian groups denounce his church’s activities.... /snip/... Tonight, on Facebook, Nate (one of Fred's sons, excommunicated from the church) posted this: I’ve learned that my father, Fred Phelps, Sr., pastor of the “God Hates Fags” Westboro Baptist Church, was...
  • The cost of healing -- Hospice draining billions from Medicare

    12/27/2013 3:01:19 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 101 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12-26-13 | Peter Whoriskey and Dan Keating
    Hospice patients are expected to die: The treatment focuses on providing comfort to the terminally ill, not finding a cure. To enroll a patient, two doctors certify a life expectancy of six months or less. But over the past decade, the number of “hospice survivors” in the United States has risen dramatically, in part because hospice companies earn more by recruiting patients who aren’t actually dying, a Washington Post investigation has found. Healthier patients are more profitable because they require fewer visits and stay enrolled longer. The proportion of patients who were discharged alive from hospice care rose about 50...
  • Country music legend Ray Price leaving hospital for Mount Pleasant home, leaves final message...

    12/12/2013 12:22:32 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 42 replies
    KLTV ^ | Updated: Dec 12, 2013 12:02 PM | Marshall Stephen
    From East Texas Medical Center: Country Music Hall of Fame member and American country music singer Ray Price, 87, plans to leave East Texas Medical Center in Tyler today to go to his home in Mt. Pleasant for home hospice care. Price was diagnosed in 2011 with pancreatic cancer, and despite aggressive treatment, the cancer has recently spread to his liver, intestines and now his lungs. He has been in and out of hospital care for the past few months and was recently readmitted with complications. Price and his wife of 45 years, Janie, have decided to not pursue any...
  • The tragic reality of 'covert euthanasia'

    06/28/2013 12:12:31 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 1 replies
    American Life League ^ | June 27, 2013 | Matt C. Abbott
    The tragic reality of 'covert euthanasia' Thursday, June 27, 2013 - By Matt C. Abbott Pope Francis has spoken about the tragic reality of “covert euthanasia.”From a May 6, 2013 Catholic News Service :While the fight to preserve life is often centered on abortion and capital punishment, the future Pope Francis also warned against a more subtle form of disregard for human dignity—what he called “covert euthanasia.”“In this consumerist, hedonist and narcissistic society, we are accustomed to the idea that there are people that are disposable,” among them, the elderly, then-Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio said in a recently published book.Citing...
  • McGovern Receiving Hospice Care In Sioux Falls (on his last legs)

    10/15/2012 7:24:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 38 replies
    KELO ^ | 10/15/2012
    Senator George McGovern is receiving hospice care. The family announced Monday afternoon that the senator is in Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls. It was just in August when the former Democratic presidential candidate gave up his homes in Mitchell and Florida to spend more time near family in Sioux Falls. His daughter told The Associated Press on Monday that the longtime South Dakota senator is "coming to the end of his life." Ann McGovern declined to elaborate, but noted her 90-year-old father's recent health problems. Last October, he was treated for exhaustion after a lecture tour. Two months later,...
  • Ex-presidential nominee George McGovern in hospice

    10/15/2012 5:17:09 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 15, 2012 | CHET BROKAW
    PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- Longtime former U.S. Sen. George McGovern, the Democratic presidential candidate who lost to President Richard Nixon in a historic landslide, has moved into hospice care near his home in South Dakota, his family said Monday. "He's coming to the end of his life," his daughter, Ann McGovern, told The Associated Press.
  • Alex Karras in hospice care suffering from kidney failure

    10/08/2012 8:48:33 PM PDT · by iowamark · 51 replies
    WXYZ TV Detroit ^ | 10/08/2012 | Tom Leyden
    Former Detroit Lions great Alex Karras is in failing health and currently in hospice care. Karras, who played with the Lions from 1958-62 and then again from 1964-70 after sitting out a season for his role in a gambling scandal, is suffering from kidney failure and according to a report published Monday night in the Detroit Free Press, has been given a short amount of time to live. Lions team president Tom Lewand issued the following statement Monday night: "The entire Detroit Lions family is deeply saddened to learn of the news regarding the condition of one of our all-time...
  • 'Onion Field' Killer Dies in California Prison

    08/14/2012 5:58:59 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | 13 Aug 2012 | LINDA DEUTSCH
    Gregory Powell, who was convicted of killing a Los Angeles police officer during an infamous kidnapping that inspired the true crime book and movie "The Onion Field," has died in prison at age 79, authorities said Monday. Powell died late Sunday in a hospice at the California Medical Facility, a men's prison in the Northern California city of Vacaville, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Powell spent nearly 50 years behind bars and was denied release several times, including last year when he told a parole board he was dying and wanted to spend his last days...
  • Singer Andy Williams returns home to spend his dying days surrounded by family

    07/16/2012 11:48:39 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 74 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 16, 2012 | Graham Smith
    Singer Andy Williams has returned home to spend his final days with his family after doctors told him they can do nothing more to treat his bladder cancer. The Moon River crooner, 84, is now at his Branson, Missouri, home surrounded by his wife, children and friends. He has asked them to remember the good times and the music he has created over a career that has last three-quarters of a century. 'They are all desperately sad to see their father ­suffer,' a source told the Sunday Express. 'But he has told them all not to cry for him and...
  • End-of-life care: Pain control carries risk of being called a killer

    04/29/2012 4:46:29 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 195 replies
    AMA News ^ | April 16, 2012 | Kevin B. O'Reilly
    End-of-life care: Pain control carries risk of being called a killer Accusations of euthanasia are common as patients, families and even other health professionals struggle to adjust to the new realities of end-of-life care. By Kevin B. O'Reilly, amednews staff. Posted April 16, 2012. Three decades after hospice emerged as the standard of care for terminally ill patients, the end-of-life treatments that palliative medicine physicians provide are frequently referred to as murder, euthanasia and killing.More than half of hospice and palliative medicine physicians say patients, family members and even other health professionals have used those terms to describe care they...
  • How Doctors Die

    12/07/2011 1:11:20 AM PST · by JerseyanExile · 173 replies
    Zocalo ^ | 11/30/2011 | Ken Murray
    Years ago, Charlie, a highly respected orthopedist and a mentor of mine, found a lump in his stomach. He had a surgeon explore the area, and the diagnosis was pancreatic cancer. This surgeon was one of the best in the country. He had even invented a new procedure for this exact cancer that could triple a patient’s five-year-survival odds—from 5 percent to 15 percent—albeit with a poor quality of life. Charlie was uninterested. He went home the next day, closed his practice, and never set foot in a hospital again. He focused on spending time with family and feeling as...
  • Harmon Killebrew ends fight against cancer (entering hospice, all options exhausted)

    05/13/2011 9:35:08 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 61 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/13/11 | AP
    MINNEAPOLIS, (AP) -- Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew says he will no longer fight esophageal cancer and is settling in for the final days of his life. The Minnesota Twins released a statement on Friday from Killebrew, saying he has "exhausted all options" for treatment and the cancer is incurable.
  • Catholic nurse recounts hospice horror, says doctor euthanized priest

    04/10/2011 10:13:07 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 60 replies
    Renew America ^ | 4/1/11 | Matt C. Abbott
    Some will recall that March 31 was the sixth anniversary of the court-ordered murder of Terri Schiavo. (Click here to read about the tragedy.) Terri's execution was, according to Ron Panzer, president of Hospice Patients Alliance, "accomplished at The Hospice of the Florida Suncoast." He notes that the hospice's CEO, Mary Labyak, "has been a member of the board of directors of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization as well as Partnership for Caring, a successor to the Euthanasia Society of America." Panzer also notes that Michael Schiavo's attorney, George Felos, a euthanasia advocate, was chairman of Suncoast's board...
  • Please Pray for Linda Tamburino - she's being moved to hospice

    11/02/2010 2:59:27 PM PDT · by firerosemom · 46 replies
    self | 11/2/2010 | firerosemom
    Hello all - an update on Linda Tamburino: she has gone downhill fast. Radiation and chemo haven't worked - she was scheduled for surgery first on Friday and then yesterday, but her platelets and hemoglobin never got back up to pre-chemo numbers, so they're out of treatment options. She is being moved to hospice. I ask for your prayers again - also - she has specifically offered up her suffering for priests and seminarians, so if you could pass along the word to any priests and/or seminarians you know to pray for her and her husband Bob, and their two...
  • Hospice, Living Wills, Futile Care: Hospice, Hospitals & Nursing Homes Have License To Kill

    10/06/2010 8:26:21 AM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 18 replies
    ILLINOIS FAMILY INSTITUTE ^ | 10/5/2010 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    If you think the story I'm about to tell you sounds sensational, it is. If you think the information provided in this column sounds unbelievable, unfortunately, it is not. The fact of the matter is: America's health care system has gone far beyond the madness demonstrated by Dr. Jack Kevorkian who was convicted of murder in 1999. "Dr. Death" Kevorkian received a sentence of 10 to 25 years for the role he played in a nine-year crusade which led to the deaths of over 130 human beings. Many hospitals and nursing homes are now the new "killing fields" in America,...
  • Some Hospice Care Providers Enforcing State-Sanctioned Euthanasia Through IL Probate Courts

    08/13/2010 7:39:52 AM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 38 replies · 1+ views ^ | August 13, 2010 | Anonymous
    Letter to the Editor by "G" EDITOR'S NOTE: In 2008, ran a series of columns dealing with end of life issues, including the dangers presented by living wills and information regarding how some hospice care providers are hastening deaths of the elderly. has received numerous firsthand accounts which confirm the information offered in the series and the following letter to illustrates how the state may be complicit in the euthanasia of the aged with the assistance of Illinois courts. This situation may also be occurring outside of Illinois as well. It is a must read for senior...
  • Weighing Medical Costs of End-of-Life Care (Money, Death Panels and The Duty to Die)

    12/23/2009 1:44:01 AM PST · by abb · 22 replies · 1,090+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 23, 2009 | Reed Abelson
    The Ronald Reagan U.C.L.A. Medical Center, one of the nation’s most highly regarded academic hospitals, has earned a reputation as a place where doctors will go to virtually any length and expense to try to save a patient’s life. “If you come into this hospital, we’re not going to let you die,” said Dr. David T. Feinberg, the hospital system’s chief executive. Yet that ethos has made the medical center a prime target for critics in the Obama administration and elsewhere who talk about how much money the nation wastes on needless tests and futile procedures. They like to note...
  • DEA crackdown hurts nursing home residents who need pain drugs

    10/29/2009 6:37:24 AM PDT · by piperpilot · 11 replies · 514+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/29/2009 | Carrie Johnson
    Heightened efforts by the Drug Enforcement Administration to crack down on narcotics abuse are producing a troubling side effect by denying some hospice and elderly patients needed pain medication, according to two Senate Democrats and a coalition of pharmacists and geriatric experts.
  • Bioethics — Tough questions for us all to consider

    09/30/2009 11:22:59 PM PDT · by BykrBayb · 1 replies · 632+ views
    Meadville Tribune ^ | October 01, 2009 12:05 am | James F. Drane
    After World War II, the U.S. government invested an enormous amount of money in medicine; medical research, medical procedures and medical technologies. This investment made contemporary scientific medicine into American medicine, characterized by a continuing flow of new treatment possibilities. These advances raised all kinds of ethical questions. Some were personal and individual, others were social and political. Both type questions are addressed by a new academic discipline called bioethics. The first attempt to develop a scientific medicine took place in Greece in the 5th century B.C. It was called Hippocratic medicine. Closely linked with this first scientific medicine was...
  • Nuggets of Truth In ‘Death Panel’ Rhetoric (Palin Derangement Syndrome yet he admits she's right!)

    09/07/2009 2:45:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies · 1,326+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | September 4, 2009 | John Edgell
    When former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin introduced “death panels” to the health care overhaul debate vernacular via Facebook in early August, she showed herself to be a brilliant idiot. Technically, Palin’s claim of a panel of “downright evil” government bureaucrats rationing health care based on Americans’ “level of productivity” is obviously idiotic. There is not, and never will be, some mythical jack-booted panel of government pinheads, rubber stamps in hand, deciding who shall live and who shall die. As such, Palin was deservedly roasted. Tactically, however, Palin’s move was pure brilliance: in but a few keystrokes she synthesized the underlying...
  • Mother leaves £20k to hospice, nothing to daughters who tried to evict her from her home.

    03/19/2009 8:26:57 PM PDT · by rawhide · 15 replies · 1,062+ views
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 3-19-09 | James Tozer
    They say revenge is a dish best served cold. But few would go as far as Megan Swanston, who waited until after her death to get back at her three daughters for trying to throw her out of her home... Instead of sharing her £20,000 estate between them it emerged yesterday that she changed her will to give all the money to the hospice where she spent her last months. In the document, made public yesterday following her death at 84, she states: 'I have not made any provision in my will for my daughters because of the way they...
  • Chaplain at hospice resigns over ban on word 'God'

    03/18/2009 4:59:59 AM PDT · by Chronically aghast in Florida · 16 replies · 657+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | March 18, 2009 | Howard Goodman
    A chaplain at Hospice by the Sea in Boca Raton has resigned, she says, over a ban on use of the words "God" or "Lord" in public settings. Chaplains still speak freely of the Almighty in private sessions with patients or families but, the Rev. Mirta Signorelli said: "I can't do chaplain's work if I can't say 'God' — if I'm scripted." Hospice CEO Paula Alderson said the ban on religious references applies only to the inspirational messages that chaplains deliver in staff meetings. The hospice remains fully comfortable with ministers, priests and rabbis offering religious counsel to the dying...
  • More Oregon Patients Killed Via Assisted Suicide as Activists Infiltrate Hospice

    03/16/2009 1:30:51 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 25 replies · 789+ views
    Life News ^ | 3/16/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Salem, OR ( -- The number of assisted suicides in Oregon has increased 30 percent in the last two years and euthanasia activists themselves may have provided the reasons why. It appears members of Compassion & Choices have infiltrated the hospice system and are urging patients to kill reported on the increase earlier this month, but a Compassion & Choice press release last week provided an interesting take on the report.The group said that "nearly 100% of terminally ill individuals using the law in 2008 were enrolled in hospice.""Hospice enrollment among those using the Act increased to 98%,...
  • Hospice Leaders Upset Euthanasia Advocate Compares Care to Assisted Suicide

    03/04/2009 10:37:50 AM PST · by wagglebee · 37 replies · 664+ views
    Life News ^ | 3/4/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- In defending members of his euthanasia group who may have engaged in killing more than 200 people via assisted suicide, a lawyer for the Final Exit Network compared hospice with assisted suicide. Leaders of hospice groups that provide care to terminally ill patients are upset by the remarks. Michael Kaminkow, who is defending two of the Final Exit Network assisted suicide defendants, has engaged in what some are calling slander against the hospice system. "Whatever happened here is no more than what happened in a hospice," Kaminkow said of those who have been arrested in connection...
  • Goodbye Medicare, hello County Clinic

    03/03/2009 4:09:32 AM PST · by hocndoc · 9 replies · 433+ views
    LifeEthics. org ^ | March 3, 2009 | Beverly B. Nuckols, MD, MA (Bioethics)
    Where is the outrage over the destruction of (what is left of) Medicare and the debt we owe to veterans? I'm afraid that we're not talking about "Medicare for all," or even "Medicaid for all." We're talking about County Clinic for all. For a look at the proposed cuts in cost for Medicare, take a look a this table. Consider that plan to "reduce costs for re-admissions" and the "bundling" of hospital and outpatient costs after a hospitalization. That means that Medicare will only pay a flat fee to the hospital for any hospitalization and follow up care after the...
  • Washington state to allow `dignity' deaths

    03/01/2009 12:21:37 PM PST · by greatdefender · 323 replies · 8,074+ views
    Yahoo-AP ^ | 03/01/2009 | RACHEL LA CORTE
    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Terminally ill patients with less than six months to live will soon be able to ask their doctors to prescribe them lethal medication in Washington state. But even though the "Death with Dignity" law takes effect Thursday, people who might seek the life-ending prescriptions could find their doctors conflicted or not willing to write them. Many doctors are hesitant to talk publicly about where they stand on the issue, said Dr. Tom Preston, a retired cardiologist and board member of Compassion & Choices, the group that campaigned for and supports the law.
  • Hospice Program at [WI Prison] Provides 'Comfort Care' to Dying Prisoners

    02/28/2009 4:15:55 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 26 replies · 1,251+ views
    Wisconsin State Journal ^ | February 26, 2009 | Karen Rivedal
    WAUPUN, WI — At 51, he looks two decades older. His thin body is swallowed up by the afghan that covers his bed. The blanket's vibrant colors, and the powder-blue paint on the walls, make his gaunt face look even paler. His chest is sunken, his limbs are fragile and doctors just found two new fractures in his spine. He is in some pain but says he's at peace in this place. "I'm very comfortable here," he said in a voice one must strain to hear. "I wouldn't wish this on anybody or anything, but I would never get treated...
  • Good Night and God Bless

    12/07/2008 8:34:22 AM PST · by diefree · 2 replies · 277+ views ^ | October 1, 2008 | Linda Burnhans
    Linda Burhans Home Go Local Tampa Bay Florida Good Night & God Bless Linda Burhan's book is filled with humor and heartfelt inspiration to aide anyone facing the challenge of caring for a loved one at the end of life. her story offers us hope for human strength and understanding of weaknesses during a difficult time. From the altar of God's House, the monsignor proclaimed, "Jo McCauley was a force of nature!" And she was. She was a breeze that brought laughter to everyone she met. She was a whirlwind of a volunteer and mother. She was the wind that...
  • Part VII Culture Of Death Taking Toll On Those Nearing Life's End

    08/17/2008 7:15:19 AM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 3 replies · 125+ views ^ | August 17, 2008 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    OVERVIEW Like many others, I believed pro-life issues only concerned the saving of the innocent unborn from abortion. However, my naiveté regarding the sanctity of life topic was clearly evident after I learned about what is taking place in our country involving the care of those approaching life's end. Now, when I talk about life's end, I'm including the terminally ill, elderly, infirm and those whose circumstances have led them to face death from afar or while approaching the threshold of death's door. I learned of a series of articles written and edited by Bill Beckman, Executive Director, Illinois Right...
  • Smyrna police charge live-in caregiver with murder (heart pt fell, broke arm, on floor for days)

    12/11/2007 3:42:44 PM PST · by bd476 · 20 replies · 710+ views
    SMYRNA, Ga. --Smyrna police have charged a live-in caretaker with murder in the death of a 63-year-old woman who they say was left lying on the bedroom floor for days. Police arrested 42-year-old Madonna Whitus on Monday. She also faces charges of violating protection of disabled adults and financial transaction card fraud. Police say Kathie Durant, who had a heart condition requiring a caregiver, fell out of bed around December 2nd and fractured her arm. Police say the caregiver allowed Durant to stay on the bedroom floor of her townhouse for days and gave her only milkshakes and soft drinks....
  • In Hospice Care, Longer Lives Mean Money Lost (Patients Refuse To Die)

    11/27/2007 6:50:27 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 199 replies · 1,081+ views
    NY Times ^ | 27 November 2007 | By KEVIN SACK
    Hundreds of hospice providers across the country are facing the catastrophic financial consequence of what would otherwise seem a positive development: their patients are living longer than expected. Over the last eight years, the refusal of patients to die according to actuarial schedules has led the federal government to demand that hospices exceeding reimbursement limits repay hundreds of millions of dollars to Medicare. The charges are assessed retrospectively, so in most cases the money has long since been spent on salaries, medicine and supplies. After absorbing huge assessments for several years, often by borrowing at high rates, a number of...

    11/27/2007 12:46:44 PM PST · by MarineMom613 · 124 replies · 222+ views
    MarineMom613 | ME
    Sorry for long title and caps. I am typing thru tears. My mom is dying of pancreatic cancer. She raised my son and I got thru to Red Cross & Hospice and they approved it. Military is denying it saying she is not loco parentis. On top of that nobody knows how to do the paper work. My son is her baby (30 Year Old Marine) and she is all she wants. Seems to be holding on for him. She just took a drastic turn for the worst yesterday. I need a congressman/senator anyone who I can call and try...
  • In Hospice Care, Longer Lives Mean Money Lost

    11/27/2007 1:17:06 PM PST · by dr.zaeus · 31 replies · 78+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 11/27/2007 | Ozier Muhammad
    <p>CAMDEN, Ala. — Hundreds of hospice providers across the country are facing the catastrophic financial consequence of what would otherwise seem a positive development: their patients are living longer than expected.</p> <p>Over the last eight years, the refusal of patients to die according to actuarial schedules has led the federal government to demand that hospices exceeding reimbursement limits repay hundreds of millions of dollars to Medicare.</p>
  • Prayer Request for King Vanity (hospice/home care)

    10/05/2007 1:46:49 AM PDT · by Global2010 · 169 replies · 2,329+ views
    Hey all. King Vanity is not doing well and we have had lab work done in home ....meaning no treatable health care needs. He is a LeveL 5 cEREBRAL pALSY LIVING 28 YRS. Those that know him understand he has been going south this last year. I just got a few in home lecture series for him as he can not be in public with all the machines in a normal lecture hall. Brass is last night he took a bad turn and because of his home hospice meaning me Mom going all the way..... We are blessed to have...
  • How We Die Today

    10/03/2007 11:43:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 587+ views
    NCR ^ | October 7, 2007 | Paul A. Barra
    Not every caregiver for a family member who is nearing the end of life will have the kind of experience that “chilled” Emery Biro when his father died last year.But, as a Sept. 14 Vatican document acknowledges, the experience is becoming all too common.End-of-life decisions are being influenced by a culture that is increasingly driven by cost motives and increasingly taking on a kind of moral authority that Christians believe is the province of God alone. “Dying isn’t dead; it’s living,” said bioethicist Wesley Smith, but many hospice centers and palliative care professionals seem to overlook that truism today.On Sept....
  • Prayer Request [Update at #63]

    09/18/2007 12:25:40 PM PDT · by lastchance · 78 replies · 135+ views
    Last Chance
    My mother is in the end stage of liver disease and will be moved to a Hospice house in a couple of days. She has asked for pallative care only and is ready for death. Please pray that she has a peaceful death.
  • Volunteers find mutual benefit in helping others

    08/23/2007 9:52:57 PM PDT · by Coleus · 407+ views ^ | August 23, 2007 | AMY NI PAN
    Sunlight trickles in from the blinds as Lucy Spyer crouches and takes Hazel McGuiness' hand. "Do you feel anything?" asks Spyer. McGuiness hesitates, then replies, "Not really." McGuiness was born and raised in Elizabeth. Today, at 93 years of age, she resides in Brighton Gardens of Mountainside, an assisted-living community in Union County. Spyer, a volunteer from Toms River, is performing reiki, a gentle "laying on of hands," purported to be calming and healing. Ten minutes later, McGuiness says, "I feel warm." Dan Hausser, another reiki practitioner, lays his hands on McGuiness' knees. "I have to warn you, I'm not...
  • Oscar the cat predicts patients' deaths

    07/25/2007 2:37:53 PM PDT · by freedomdefender · 90 replies · 1,473+ views
    AP - Yahoo ^ | July 25, 2007 | Ray Henry
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Oscar the cat seems to have an uncanny knack for predicting when nursing home patients are going to die, by curling up next to them during their final hours. His accuracy, observed in 25 cases, has led the staff to call family members once he has chosen someone. It usually means they have less than four hours to live. "He doesn't make too many mistakes. He seems to understand when patients are about to die," said Dr. David Dosa in an interview. He describes the phenomenon in a poignant essay in Thursday's issue of the New England...
  • A death well planned [Long]

    05/20/2007 6:01:28 PM PDT · by SJackson · 6 replies · 1,030+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 5-20-07 | DOUG ERICKSON
    On a November day just before Thanksgiving in 2005, Joan Rademacher, a 72-year-old woman with breast cancer, sat at a kitchen table in Madison with her hospice nurse, drinking tea and discussing the progression of the disease. The bumpy, reddened skin that at first had been contained to Rademacher's chest had crept to her back and arms. It looked like a rash but was in fact the tumor spreading. "Are you in pain right now?" asked Cathy Sutter, the hospice nurse. • Post a comment "No, not physical pain, emotional pain." "I don't think you've ever said that," Sutter said....