The Health Policy Program invites you to join us at an event tomorrow from 12 to 2pm to discuss the controversial issue of end-of-life care, and the implications it holds for patients, families, providers and yes -- even those who pay for the care. While last year's contentious health reform debate painted the issue in harsh and often equivocal terms, the choices around end-of-life care are complex and deeply personal and are not a simple contrast between cure vs. care.
At the event, Moving Beyond Death Panels, a distinguished panel of experts will discuss the implications of the most recent Dartmouth Atlas, "Quality of End-of-Life Cancer Care for Medicare Beneficiaries Regional and Hospital-Specific Analyses." This study reinforces previous findings that the end-of-life care patients receive often falls short of their desires and wishes, and those of their families. All health care, including -- if not especially -- that which comes at the end of life, must be responsive to patients' needs and respectful to their personal values.
Lunch will be available at noon. To RSVP or see a full list of speakers, click here. If you can't make it in person, be sure to follow along on our Twitter account, NewHealthDialog. We'll be live-tweeting under the hashtag #nafevents. We hope to see you there!