Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Is palliative care better off now than it was one year ago?

by Judy Thomas

It has been more than a year since The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (formerly known as The Institute of Medicine, or The IOM) released Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End-of-Life.

Since then the report has become a guiding star in the palliative care community and was cited in nearly all articles related to the end-of-life—from professional journals to the New York Times.

Dying in America told us where we were strong and where there was room for improvement. Palliative care bloggers everywhere gushed with enthusiasm.

Late last month the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) released a state-by-state report card rating access to inpatient palliative care services. Then just a few weeks ago the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California and the California HealthCare Foundation released Dying in California: A Status Report on End-of-Life Care, a report benchmarking the state’s progress against the recommendations laid out in the Dying in America report.

All of this reporting got me thinking…

How do you feel about the current state of palliative care? What does palliative care look like in your area of the country? I want to know.

Join me for a tweet chat on Wed., Nov. 4, where we will reflect on the recommendations made in Dying in America and celebrate the progress of palliative care programs throughout the country.

Topic 1: How has Dying in America shaped the palliative care movement over the last year?

Topic 2: How have you used the Dying in America report (e.g., to make a business case for palliative care, communicate with the media, reference in a proposal)?

Topic 3: If you had a magic wand, what is the one thing you would want changed in The Institute of Medicine’s recommendations?

Topic 4: What would you like to see happen in 2016 that would further The Institute of Medicine’s recommendations?

Extra credit: If you haven’t read the Dying in America report, read the brief and download the key findings and recommendations.

Judy Thomas, JD, is CEO of the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC), a statewide collaborative promoting high-quality, compassionate care for all Californians who are seriously ill or approaching the end of life. Through advocacy, education, and resource development, CCCC is working to ensure that organizations and communities have the information, knowledge and tools to create the future of palliative care. Follow CCCC on Twitter at @CoalitionCCC.

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When: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 – 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
Host: Judy Thomas, JD (@JudyThomasJD)

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