From time to time we put out short pieces written to highlight new developments in advanced illness care, sound off about problems with the current system, or point out new opportunities that are constantly springing up in the explosive environment of US health care reform. We also write about emotional, spiritual and cultural issues associated with the end of life, as well as the care we provide during that phase. Please feel free to respond.

Advance care planning is finally taking hold. People are waking up. They want to plan ahead for their care. That’s good. If they plan now, they’ll be prepared if they can’t decide for themselves. Then their loved ones won’t have to guess what they […]

Recent changes in Medicare rules may help seriously ill seniors remain independent at home. Prior to last January, supportive services like home care and physical therapy had to be discontinued for people who “plateaued” in their recovery. Now, as reported by Susan Jaffe in […]

Elderly woman taking medication

People with advanced illness by definition have at least one chronic diagnosis that responds poorly to treatment, declining functional ability, and poor prospects for full recovery. For anyone this ill, the end of life is near. Whether they have cancer or non-cancer disease, over […]

We’re excited to launch our own blog. This gives us a chance to comment on new developments we feel are important in the rapidly changing world of US healthcare. We won’t confine ourselves just to clinical issues. Social, political, economic and even spiritual topics […]