Penn Medicine News: Machine Learning-Triggered Reminders Improve End-of-Life Care for Patients with Cancer

Penn Medicine News: Machine Learning-Triggered Reminders Improve End-of-Life Care for Patients with Cancer. “Electronic nudges delivered to health care clinicians based on a machine learning algorithm that predicts mortality risk quadrupled rates of conversations with patients about their end-of-life care preferences… The study also found that the machine learning-triggered reminders significantly decreased use of aggressive chemotherapy and other systemic therapies at end of life.”

McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: CMS to streamline Nursing Home Compare, other Compare websites for consumers

McKnight’s Long-Term Care News: CMS to streamline Nursing Home Compare, other Compare websites for consumers . “Long-term care providers could soon see changes to the Nursing Home Compare website under the latest initiative by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The agency announced Thursday that it plans to combine and standardize its eight separate Compare websites: Nursing Home, Hospital, Home Health, Dialysis Facility, Long-Term Care Hospital, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility, Physician and Hospice.”

Mosaic Science: How can doctors find better ways to talk – and listen – to patients close to death?

Mosaic Science: How can doctors find better ways to talk – and listen – to patients close to death?. “Two brothers are combining palliative care expertise, linguistics and AI to encourage more effective conversations between doctors and people receiving end-of-life care.” This story just grabbed me and swallowed me whole. I hope there are enough Kleenex in the house.

CNET: How families are giving a fantastic trip to loved ones in hospice

CNET: How families are giving a fantastic trip to loved ones in hospice. “VR may get a bad rap as a once-hot tech trend that failed to live up to expectations, but companies haven’t given up on it. Facebook last month released the $400 Oculus Quest, which CNET editor Scott Stein called the best thing he’s tried this year. And virtual reality has made headway outside of the consumer world. For example, using VR for hospice care — as a way to bring a larger world to people who’ve found themselves limited to a room, or just a bed — is beginning to catch on with care providers. “

CMS: CMS Releases Hospice Compare Website to Improve Consumer Experiences, Empower Patients

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS): CMS Releases Hospice Compare Website to Improve Consumer Experiences, Empower Patients. “The Hospice Compare site allows patients, family members, caregivers, and healthcare providers to compare hospice providers based on important quality metrics, such as the percentage of patients that were screened for pain or difficult or uncomfortable breathing, or whether patients’ preferences are being met. Currently, the data on Hospice Compare is based on information submitted by approximately 3,876 hospices.”