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How preventable is sepsis-related death?

How preventable is sepsis-related death?

How prevalent and preventable is death from sepsis? A new study, recently published in the journal JAMA Network Open, investigates. Sepsis is a potentially fatal condition that develops from the body’s overactive response to an infection. According to the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, over 1 million people in the United States develop severe sepsis each year, and 15–30 percent of these people die…

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Medicare Advantage Plans Offering Palliative Care Quadrupled for 2020

Medicare Advantage Plans Offering Palliative Care Quadrupled for 2020

By Jim Parker | January 9, 2020 A rising number of Medicare Advantage plans are offering home-based palliative care as a supplemental benefit. This year, 61 plans offer a palliative care benefit compared to 15 during 2019, a new Duke University report indicates.  Hospices provide about 50% of home-based palliative care in the United States according to the Center to Advance Palliative Care, and the number of…

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Palliative Care And You

Palliative Care And You

Palliative care is a relatively new term. However, it is not something to be ignored. It is a specific type of care that provides patients with a serious or a chronic illness a better quality of life. When you sign up for Palliative Care Providers, you will be given a dedicated team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains and practicioners…

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Hospice Costs & End-of-Life Options

Hospice Costs & End-of-Life Options

End-of-life decisions are among the most difficult to make. They can affect the patient’s family for years to come, both financially and emotionally. Still, decisions involving end-of-life care are made by Americans every day. In 2015 alone, 2.7 million Americans died. It’s important to make end-of-life decisions based not only on a patient’s needs but also on financial capabilities. Here…

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