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Hospice, Palliative Care and Aid-in-Dying: The Current Status of End of Life Policies in the U.S. and Their Impact on Population Health


Nova Southeastern University


Fort Lauderdale, FL

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May 2015


With the aging of the population, access, quality and cost of end -of- life care becomes a priority as individuals, providers and systems struggle to address the need for a compassionate, cost effective, integrated way to address end of life issues (EOL). While Hospice and Palliative care are alternatives widely available to people afflicted by life threating illnesses, the current payment scheme for Hospice and Palliative Care services may negatively impact quality and access to those programs. In addition, the availability of legalized methods to receive Aid in Dying is limited to a few states. This presentation will explore current issues of quality and access to adequate end of life care and will describe the status of existing and proposed Aid-in-Dying laws throughout the United States. It will also discuss possible solutions to bridge the existing gap between needed and existing end- of- life care alternatives for a positive impact on population health.


Medicine and Health Sciences

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