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Understanding how patients experience care can encourage delivery of high-quality services. It also helps payers, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, ensure that they pay for effective and efficient care.
Expansion of home/community end of life services can reduce acute care costs and benefit patients by accommodating expressed preferences on place of death.
A comprehensive and authoritative guide about how to make quality improvement for end of life care happen within health care systems.
Maintains that health care and community services are not equipped to meet the needs of people who face a prolonged period of progressive illness and disability before death.
The authors identify the options for reforming the care system to meet the needs of chronically ill elderly patients.
A Handbook for Mortals offers common sense advice about issues ranging from pain management to navigating the care system, helps patients and families take charge of the end of life.