Multiple Chronic Conditions Blog

Patient Safety – After 20 Years, Shouldn’t We be Doing Better? September is Patient Safety Month

In 1999, the Institutes of Medicine (now called the National Academy of Medicine) published To Error is Human: Building a Safer Health Care System, reporting the U.S. healthcare system was unsafe because of medical errors.

Johns Hopkins patient safety experts…

Hospice Accountability – It’s About Time

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Inspector General in July 2019, issued 2 reports on Hospice care in the U.S.

Palliative Interventions: The Prevention of Symptoms in Chronic Conditions

The implementation of palliative interventions in the effective management of chronic conditions:

  • Prevents exacerbation of chronic conditions
  • Reduces admission into hospital
  • Promotes physical functioning and well-being
  • Collaborates with the healthcare team to meet patient and family needs
  • Individualizes and prioritizes patient-directed care


Keeping Hospice from Defining and Directing U.S. Palliative Care: Letter to Senator Loeffler

Senator Kelly Loeffler
3625 Cumberland Blvd
Suite 970
Atlanta, GA 30339

February 19, 2020

RE: PCHETA Palliative Care & Hospice Education Training Act HR647/S2080; Hospice Care Improvement Act; Helping Our Senior Population in Comfort Environments (Hospice) Act HR5821; Hospice Care Improvement Act S2807; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office…

National Trends In Policy And Practice: Making A Difference


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Current trends in health policy and clinical practice for America's largest patient populations.



Palliative Care in Chronic Conditions

Patients who are living with chronic conditions experience multiple symptoms. Poorly managed symptoms often cause disease exacerbation – leading to hospitalization and increased debility.

Symptom prevention or palliative care – offers patients the ability to engage in meaningful daily activities. Palliative care should be implemented at the onset of a chronic diagnosis and intensifies as…


The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found Medicare reimbursed hospices do not always offer needed services to beneficiaries and provide poor quality care. To promote compliance and quality of care, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) relies on State agencies and accrediting organizations to survey hospices. Surveyors review clinical records, visit patients, and cite hospices…


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ), Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement has announced a national priority to improve the care of patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC). Patients will MCC’s account for:

  • 64% of all clinic visits
  • 70%…

Preserving Pulmonary Function = Palliative Care

The World Health Organization (WHO), identifies 3 pulmonary conditions out of 10 causes of death globally (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Lung Cancer and lower…

February American Heart Month

  • 1 out of 2 American Adults have some form of cardiovascular disease
  • Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in the U.S.
  • Every 40 seconds someone experiences a heart attack. 

Remain informed and current in the trends for improving of the care and management of the largest patient population: