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End-of-Life and Palliative Care to Be Discussed During AJMC's November 24 Tweetchat

The national conversation on end-of-life care has shifted in recent years with Americans now strongly supporting discussions with physicians about this topic, the Kaiser Family Foundation reported in September. In addition, starting in 2016, CMS will allow Medicare to reimburse physicians for having discussions regarding end-of-life care.

On November 24, from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm EST, Amy Berman, RN, BS, senior program officer with the John A. Hartford Foundation and a nationally known author and speaker living with stage IV cancer, and Judith R. Peres, LCSW-C, a consultant on long-term services and supports and palliative care, will join The American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) for a tweetchat to discuss patient-centered care, palliative care, and end-of-life care.

On November 19, Peres was the reception speaker at AJMC’s 4th annual Patient-Centered Oncology Care meeting, a role that Berman has filled at past meetings.

“Six key Institute of Medicine reports have made clear that palliative care is essential to providing quality person and family-centered care,” Peres said. “Spending time to help people make informed decisions and recognizing treatment preferences are hallmarks of palliative care.”

Berman and Peres will answer questions from participants and discuss topics that include bringing up palliative and end-of-life care, common misconceptions, and the new CMS rule that allows Medicare to pay for end-of-life care discussions.

AJMC encourages Twitter users to submit questions and participate in the chat on Tuesday, November 24, by using #AJMCchat. And don’t forget to follow @AJMC_Journal, @JudithPeres, and @NotesonNursing (Berman).

About the Journals
The American Journal of Managed Care celebrates its 20th year in 2015 as the leading peer-reviewed journal dedicated to issues in managed care. Other titles in the franchise include The American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits, which provides pharmacy and formulary decision-makers with information to improve the efficiency and health outcomes in managing pharmaceutical care, and The American Journal of Accountable Care, which publishes research and commentary on innovative healthcare delivery models facilitated by the 2010 Affordable Care Act. AJMC’s Evidence-Based series brings together stakeholder views from payers, providers, policymakers and pharmaceutical leaders in oncology and diabetes management. To order reprints of articles appearing in AJMC publications, please call (609) 716-7777, x 131.

About Judith R. Peres
Judith R. Peres is an expert consultant in long-term care and palliative/end-of-life care policy and a clinical social worker serving Medicare beneficiaries. Her career spans more than 4 decades in health policy development and analysis and in direct clinical work. She recently served as a member of the 2013 Institute of Medicine Committee on Approaching Death, which developed the 2014 report Dying in America. She is a founding member and on the board of the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network.

About The John A. Hartford Foundation
Founded in 1929 by John and George Hartford of the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company (A & P), the John A. Hartford Foundation, based in New York City, is a private, nonpartisan philanthropy dedicated to improving the care of older adults. The Foundation’s efforts are critically important because the country is aging rapidly. 10,000 people turn 65 every day. The largest-ever generation of older adults is living and working longer, redefining later life, and enriching our communities and society. Comprehensive, coordinated, and continuous care that keeps older adults as healthy as possible is essential to sustaining these valuable contributions.

CONTACT: Nicole Beagin (609) 716-7777 x 131

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