Patients’ Rights: When Is It Okay to Say No To More Treatment?

Russ Krengel Patients

Many Americans have encountered tough decisions about end-of-life healthcare treatment and what that might mean for a patient’s quality of life. For Ezekiel J. Emanual, an oncologist and Vice Provost of the University of Pennsylvania, that tough decision came after his aging father suffered a fall. Dr. Emanual’s father was diagnosed with a large brain tumor while in the hospital, …

What to Do when Care becomes a Burden

Russ Krengel Patients

One common issue people encounter when dealing with chronic or terminal illness is the challenge of treating several conditions at the same time. You may have multiple physicians to manage each condition, and each physician prescribes a different medication or treatment plan. While each doctor is most concerned with the management of the disease they are treating, they may not …

3 Reasons Doctors Won’t Break Bad News

Russ Krengel Doctors & Hospitals, Patients

When you or your loved one received your diagnosis, did your doctor deliver the news in clear and easily understood terms? For many patients, the answer is no. While doctors almost uniformly agree that patients need clear and direct communication, they aren’t always trained to provide it. No one enjoys delivering bad news, and medical professionals are no exception. But …

Patient Focused Care

Russ Krengel Patients

As a friend or family member of a hospice patient, you may have spent considerable amounts of time in a hospital setting. You’ve seen doctors and nurses rushing through sterile hallways and heard heart monitors beeping and respirators whirring. In the midst of this often chaotic setting, the patient’s wishes can sometimes become secondary to the task of keeping them …

5 Quotes About Life and Death

Russ Krengel Caregivers, Patients

You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live until you die. Cicely Saunders I had a friend who worked at a hospice, and he said people in their final moments don’t discuss their successes, awards or …

The way we die will be unthinkable 50 years from now.

Russ Krengel Patients

The Vox article by Haider Warraich on April 3, 2019 highlights the fact that “how we treat dying people needs to change”. As the article concludes…”To emerge on the right side of history, the entire culture of medicine needs to be turned around. End-of-life care is not just palliative care’s business. It is everyone’s business, from emergency room doctors to …

Medicare To Cut Payments To Nursing Homes Whose Patients End Up Back In The Hospital

Russ Krengel Patients

According to NPR’s website and Kaiser Health, “Medicare To Cut Payments To Nursing Homes Whose Patients End Up Back In The Hospital“.  While hospitals have been dealing with reimbursement reductions due to higher than average readmission rates for years, this is the first time Nursing Homes have been hit in the pocket book directly on their readmission performance. What to …