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Category Archive: News

/ May 16, 2017

Medical Aid in Dying: The Cornerstone of Patient-Centered Care

The following article originally appeared in the May 2017 American Society of Aging Generations Magazine – End-of-Life Care edition.  In his brilliantly written book, Being Mortal, renowned surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande succinctly outlines the dichotomy between the amazing advances in twenty-first century medical technology and our society’s unwillingness to confront death and the dying process […]

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/ May 15, 2017

Health on the Hill: National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization Conference – Finding Partners and Allies in End-of-Life Care

At end-of-life, most of us would like to see our own wishes for care followed, to be at peace spiritually and to be comfortable without pain, according to a recent Economist/Kaiser Family Foundation Survey. Hospice is fully committed to fulfilling those wishes. Last week, I attended the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) Management […]

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Maine doctors softening stance on [medical aid in dying]

This post is from the Portland Press Herald.  For much of his medical career, Erik Steele didn’t think he and his fellow doctors should help terminally ill patients get the medicine that could kill them. “When you make these decisions, you will make mistakes, whether it’s capital punishment or physician-assisted suicide,” he said, recalling his […]

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Healthcare Providers Sued for Violating Patient’s Do Not Resuscitate Order

Children of a deceased woman are suing her healthcare providers for causing her to needlessly suffer “over 10 days of anguish, agony, and torment.” The suit alleges the healthcare providers ignored the dying woman’s explicit wishes to be allowed to die comfortably without painful, unwanted medical treatment, as stipulated in her advance directive they had […]

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/ April 24, 2017

It’s National Volunteer Week and We Want to Thank You

Unselfish and noble actions are the most radiant pages in the biography of souls. -David Thomas, English preacher and publisher, 1813-1894 Here at Compassion & Choices, we often marvel at how fortunate we are to be able to count on the efforts of over 5,000 unselfish volunteers who make incredible sacrifices to advance the movement […]

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“Mary Kills People,” But It’s Not Aid In Dying

Mary Kills People is a new Lifetime TV series about a fictional physician who leads two lives: By day she is an emergency room doctor, but while away from the hospital, she helps terminally ill people end their lives. While I only have seen the first of six episodes, which aired last night, as a […]

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/ April 11, 2017

“Find Care” Tool Helps Identify Health Systems in Colorado That Support Patient End-of-Life Choice

(Denver – April 11, 2017) Compassion & Choices has launched a new Colorado “Find Care” tool to empower residents to find and choose health systems and medical teams in their area that support patient choice under the Colorado End-of-Life Options Act. This tool will help people wisely choose health care facilities, hospice and medical teams […]

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/ April 6, 2017

New Online “Diagnosis Decoder” Gives Patients Customizable Support for Talking to Doctors

(Washington, DC – April 6, 2017) – According to research, most people facing a grave illness would choose improved quality over quantity of days if extending life meant treatments jeopardized their quality of life. But an abundance of research among people facing cancer, for example, shows a disconnect between them and their doctors when it […]

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/ April 4, 2017

Compassion & Choices Committed to Bringing Medical Aid in Dying to Alaskans

(Juneau) — House Bill 54, a Medical Aid in Dying Act, was heard before Alaska’s House Health and Social Services Committee last week. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage). The committee is expected to act on the issue.   Compassion & Choices National Director of Policy & Programs Kat West, along with […]

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/ April 3, 2017

Group Urges Senators from States Where Medical Aid in Dying Is Authorized to Reject Gorsuch

Compassion & Choices today urged senators from the six states where medical aid in dying is authorized to vote to reject Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch because he failed to renounce his opposition to this end-of-life option during his confirmation hearings. The full Senate is expected to vote whether to confirm Judge Gorsuch by […]

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