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Medicare Pilot Project Allows Patients To Have Hospice Care While Also Seeking Cures

KHN Morning Briefing

The experiment is designed to encourage more beneficiaries with terminal diseases to use hospice care, which has been shown to improve the quality of life, even if they don’t want to give up on fighting their disease. Also, HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell says Medicare will expand some of its alternative payment models.

White House Mulls Limits For Well-Known Carcinogen In Chewing Tobacco

KHN Morning Briefing

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids says the chemical is one of the most troublesome cancer-causing agents in smokeless tobacco as well as in cigarette smoke. Meanwhile, California is tightening rules on a common pesticide because of its health risks, an extra screening for women with dense breast tissue may be needed and the National Institutes of Health faces congressional scrutiny over its funding of a World Health Organization cancer agency.

Medicare Releases New Detailed Analysis Of Spending On Hospice Care

KHN Morning Briefing

According to the figures for 2014, Medicare spends $11,393 on average for each beneficiary for 70 days of care, Modern Healthcare reports. The numbers, however, vary by state. Also, The Hill reports on concerns about Medicare’s move to bundled payments.

Saying Goodbye, The Right Way

KHN Original

Twenty dying people, at peace with their mortality, shared their views on life, love and death with a Los Angeles artist for an exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance.