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IOM Releases New Report on Improving End of Life Care

Posted on 9/18/2014 by NTOCC ® in Public Policy Updates

Today, the Institutes of Medicine (IOM) issued a new consensus report entitled “Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life” in which a committee of experts finds that improving the quality and availability of medical and social services for patients and their families could not only enhance quality of life through the end of life, but may also contribute to a more sustainable care system. The 500-page report spans various aspects of end of life care including delivery of person-centered, family orientated care; clinician/patient communication and advanced care planning; professional education and development; policies and payment systems; and public education and engagement. The report offers a variety of recommendations including many that are aligned with NTOCC’s policy and advocacy work. This includes the recommendations that the federal government should provide financial incentives “for coordination of care across settings and providers from hospital to ambulatory settings as well as home and the community.”

You can find the list of report findings and recommendations here and summary of the report here. The full report and additional documents can be found here.