“…depending on the study you look at, 40, 60, 80% of lifetime medical care is expended in the final 12 months, or the end of life, generally.” Great idea, an early insurance payout for individuals who choose to not use extreme medical measures as they near the time of death. Hardest sell in the world. An interesting and weirdly amusing… Read more →
Hi friends. If you or someone you know is experienced in the palliative care world and is looking to join a pioneering, community based, patient-focused organization specializing in innovative and groundbreaking methodologies for delivering compassionate and comprehensive care, go to this link: ResolutionCare Is Recruiting! They are currently seeking individuals for the following positions: Palliative Care Nurse (APRN) Palliative Social Worker (MSW)… Read more →
Thanks to Amy Strano at HealthCare Chaplaincy Network for drawing my attention to this. As some of you know, I’ve been working as a fundraiser and in discussion about chaplaincy with ResolutionCare, a for-profit/non-profit hybrid providing palliative care through home visits in the real world and on a telemedicine platform (see here). While face-to-face may be the gold standard, telemedicine offers… Read more →
If you read my little review, but don’t feel you have the time to read the book, or want this as a n adjunct to it, here is the one hour PBS documentary based on it: Being Mortal | FRONTLINE | PBS. Read more →
Just finished Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. It was given to me by my mother-in-law, and we’ve had great discussions about it and end-of-life care in general as a result. It’s a good book to pass around the family. And it has opened a can of worms in the public conversation, or at least drawn our attention to… Read more →
I was telling a friend, Karen Erlichman, about hearing this on NPR. Dr. Michael Fratkin’s is creating a palliative care startup, ResolutionCare, to serve the people in rural northern California, and to be a model for individualized service everywhere. Since hearing this I’ve had some conversations with the doctor, and as you might expect, he’s a really nice guy, too.