Scanning the Headlines: End-of-Life Care

A bibliographic listing of recently published material related to end-of-life care.

Updated on July 22, 2016

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Kodjak, A. (2016, June 15). Dying in a hospital means more procedures, tests and costs. Shots Health News from NPR. Retrieved from:

Sayer, MD, C. (2016, Apr. 26). "Time Spent at Home" - A Patient-Defined Outcome. United Kingdom: Camden Clinical Commissioning Group. Retrieved from:

Gozalo, P., Plotzke, M., Mor, V., Miller, S., and Teno, J. (2015, May 7). Changes in Medicare costs with the growth of hospice care in nursing homes. New England Journal of Medicine. 372:1823-1831. Retrieved from:

Emery, G. (2015, May 6). Shift toward hospice care has increased Medicare costs. Reuters. Retrieved from:

Jaffe, S. (2015, Apr. 23). Officials weigh options to hold down Medicare costs for hospice. Kaiser Health News.

(2015, Apr). Information on Federal Oversight, Provider Implementation, and Prevalence. Washington: (GAO) Government Accountability Office. Retrieved from:

Chiarchiaro, J., Arnold, R., and White, D. (2015, Mar 17). Reenigineering advance care planning to create scalable, patient- and family-centered interventions. Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA). 313(11):1103-1104. Retrieved from:

Aligning Treatment with Patient Priorities in the Context of Progressive Disease for Use of the ICU. Chicago: American Hospital Association, 2006-2014. Retrieved from:

Clark, C. Aggressive end-of-life care easing in hospitals. HealthLeaders, June 13, 2013.

Goodman, D., and others. Tracking improvement in the care of chronically III patients: A Dartmouth Atlas brief on Medicare beneficiaries near the end of life. Dartmouth Institute, June 12, 2013. ttp://

Rodak, S. 3 Steps to move toward patient-centered end of life care. Beckers Hospital Review. Mar. 21, 2013.

Carlson, M., and others. Hospices' enrollment policies may contribute to underuse of hospice care in the United States. Health Affairs. 31(12):2690-2698, Dec. 2012.

Gallegos, A. Clearing up confusion on advance directives. Oct. 29, 2012.

Advanced Illness Management Stategies. Chicago: American Hospital Association, Aug. 2012.

Fonk, J., and others. The effect of advance directives on end-of-life cost experience. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved;23(3):1137-1156, Aug. 2012.

Weber, D. The end of life. H&HN. Apr. 24, 2012.

Brousseau, R.T., and others. A multifaceted approach to spreading palliative care consultation services in California public hospital systems. Journal for Healthcare Quality;34(2):64-76, Mar./Apr. 2012.

Bach, P. When care is worth it, even if end if death. New York Times. Dec. 12, 2011.

Bradford, H. England's Approach to Improving End-of-Life Care: A Strategy for Honoring Patients' Choices. New York: Commonwealth Fund, July 19, 2011.

Medicare Hospices That Focus on Nursing Facility Residents. Washington: Department of Health and Human Services, July 2011.

Clark, C. Hospice rates rise, but hospitalizations remain high. HealthLeaders Media, Feb. 16, 2011.

Lubell, J. End-of-life-counseling provision under reform gets the ax: decision disappoints doctors. AIS Jan. 24, 2011.

Bercovitz, A., and others. Complementary and alternative therapies in hospice: the national home and hospice care survey: United States, 2007. National Health Statistics Reports. 33, Jan. 19, 2011.

Robinson, C.A., and others. Issues in rural palliative care: views from the countryside. Journal of Rural Health. 26(1):78-84, Winter 2010.

Nearly One Third of Medicare Patients with Advanced Cancer Die in Hospitals and ICUs; About Half Get Hospice Care. Lebanon, NH: Dartmouth Institute, Nov. 16, 2010.

Analysis of U.S. Hospital Palliative Care Programs 2010 Snapshot. New York: Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2010.

Nicosia, N., and others. The Medicare hospice payment system: a consideration of potential refinements. Health Care Financing Review. 30(4):47-59, Summer 2009.

Vesely R. How will it end? More attention turns to care and its costs in the last years of life. Modern Healthcare. 39(29):30-31, July 20, 2009.

NHPCO Facts and Figures: Hospice Care in America. Alexandria, VA: National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Oct. 2008.

Hospice Facts and Statistics. Washington, DC: Hospice Association of America, Mar. 2008.