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At the End of Life, a Way to Go Gentle

For dying patients, a new book argues that palliative care methods are often better than the typical intensive care unit approach.

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Physician Aid in Dying Gains Acceptance in the U.S.

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.

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Lessons on Dying From David Bowie and My Friends

A video and two friends’ opposite paths underscore the importance of determining one’s own way.

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Health Care Providers Scramble to Meet New Disaster Readiness Rule

The new requirements seek to help medical facilities better provide care during emergencies, including severe weather, pandemics and terrorist attacks.

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My Brother, the Hospice Graduate

Our journey shifted: Instead of waiting for a baby to die, we learned to love and live with a quadriplegic boy.

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Who May Die? California Patients and Doctors Wrestle With Assisted Suicide

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.

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Much of World Suffers Not From Abuse of Painkillers, but Absence of Them

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.

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The Sisters Who Treat the Untreatable

At a Catholic nursing home in New York, comforting patients who are dying of cancer.

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Medicare Is Often Overbilled by Hospices, and Pays Twice for Some Drugs

Medicare has been overpaying more than $260 million a year, including bills from hospices for inpatient care that patients did not need, investigators said.

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How to Tell Someone You’re Terminally Ill

Give people a chance to help. Sometimes a text is O.K.

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WIRED: A Father, a Dying Son, and the Quest to Make the Most Profound Videogame Ever

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.

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Dr. Sokol-Hessner’s Interview on “In Touch”

Dr. Sokol-Hessner’s interview about the importance of discussing end-of-life issues and then join us on Tuesday, October 27 at DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton for VNA’s Madison-Deane Initiative free community presentation.

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Dying in Vermont: Study aims to answer why few Vermonters use hospice

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.

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VNA to build expanded Vermont Respite House in Colchester

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.

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Vermont Respite House: A VNA End-of-Life Care Program (Video)

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.

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Overkill

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.

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Uncoding How Vermonters Choose to Spend Last Days

Vermont’s Visiting Nurse Association is trying to find out why such a small percentage of Vermonters uses hospice care at the end of their lives. It recently launched a new statewide study commissioned by the VNA Madison-Deane Initiative.

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No. 48? Why Vermont Has Been Slow to Adopt Hospice Care

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.

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Why Don't More Vt. Families Choose Hospice Care?

Vermont is nearly last in the nation for the number of people who use hospice care. A study due to be complete next year aims to find out...

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Panel Urges Overhauling Health Care at End of Life

In September, the Institute of Medicine released a study calling for sweeping changes in the country's system for handling end-of-life care.

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