Nearly one in five Americans now lives in a state where terminally ill patients may legally choose to end their lives with prescriptions from a doctor.
The new requirements seek to help medical facilities better provide care during emergencies, including severe weather, pandemics and terrorist attacks.
As the state begins to allow what has come to be known as aid in dying, two patients and two doctors explain how it will affect them and how they are preparing for the changes.
While the United States struggles with a surge in addiction, an estimated 5.5 billion people live in countries with little or no access to opioid analgesics.
Medicare has been overpaying more than $260 million a year, including bills from hospices for inpatient care that patients did not need, investigators said.
A video game was designed by the father of a young boy dying of cancer -- the father's way of dealing with his son's decline and death.
More and more Vermonters are facing end-of-life decisions, yet only a third of them use hospice care. Last October, the Visiting Nurse Association, a nonprofit home health and hospice agency serving Chittenden and Grand Isle counties, launched a statewide study to determine why.
The VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties gained approval from the State of Vermont Green Mountain Care Board to build a new 21-bed Respite House in Colchester, which will replace its 13-bed facility in Williston.
Angel Means, Director of End of Life Care Services, and Pat Myette, Hospice Volunteer, from the VNA of Chittenden and Gran Isle Counties explain Respite House and hospice services on UVM's Across the Fence. Respite House is the only hospice care home in Vermont.
An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it? Dr. Atul Gawande's New Yorker article shines a spotlight on unnecessary medical care -- the tendency to overdiagnose and overtreat many diseases with no benefit to the patient.
No one knows what factors account for this discrepancy between preferred and actual settings for the close of life. But health policy consultant Kevin Veller, who is overseeing a statewide hospice study for the VNA, presents a few hypotheses.
In September, the Institute of Medicine released a study calling for sweeping changes in the country's system for handling end-of-life care.