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Medicare to Cover End-of-Life Counseling

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a ruling in July 2015 to pay doctors to counsel patients about end-of-life care or “advance care planning,” a term meant to reflect that people should make their end-of-life wishes known as early as when they get a driver’s license and should reevaluate their decisions at different stages of life. The ruling cites the IOM report Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life, which discussed vulnerabilities in the current health care system related particularly to those who are approaching the end of life, and states that one of the largest barriers in providing efficient, quality end-of-life care is the lack of coordination and communication among different components of the health care system.

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Press Release: Age-Related Changes in the Brain Can Have Significant Impact on Individuals, Society; Report Identifies Three Top Actions to Help Promote Cognitive Health
Released: 4/14/2015

Gradual and variable change in mental functions that occurs naturally as people age, not as part of a neurological disease such as Alzheimer’s disease, is one of the most challenging health issues encountered by older adults, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

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What You Read in 2013

A list of the most viewed IOM reports for the year 2013.

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U.S. Faces Crisis in Cancer Care Because of Aging Population, Rising Costs, Complexity of Care, Says New Report; Shift Needed Toward Patient-Centered, Evidence-Based Care
Released: 9/10/2013

Delivery of cancer care in the U.S. is facing a crisis stemming from a combination of factors - a growing demand for such care, a shrinking oncology work force, rising costs of cancer care, and the complexity of the disease and its treatment, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

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  • Questions for Patients with Cancer to Ask Their Care Team (PDF)
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Americans Have Worse Health Than People in Other High-Income Countries; Health Disadvantage Is Pervasive Across Age and Socio-Economic Groups
Released: 1/9/2013

On average, Americans die sooner and experience higher rates of disease and injury than people in other high-income countries, says a new report from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. The report finds that this health disadvantage exists at all ages from birth to age 75 and that even advantaged Americans - those who have health insurance, college educations, higher incomes, and healthy behaviors - appear to be sicker than their peers in other rich nations.

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  • Figure: Causes of Death for U.S. Men Before Age 50 (JPG, HTML)
  • Figure: Causes of Death for U.S. Women Before Age 50 (JPG, HTML)
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U.S. Health Ranking Among High-Income Countries -- Telephone News Briefing Jan. 9
Released: 1/7/2013

A new report from the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine compares the health of the American population with that of 16 high-income countries that include Australia, Canada, Japan, and many western European countries. The report explores health outcomes beyond mortality rates and is the first to look comprehensively at multiple diseases, injuries, and health-related behaviors across the entire life span.

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What You Read 2012

A list of the most viewed IOM reports for the year 2012.

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Baby Boomers Likely to Face Inadequate Care for Mental Health, Substance Abuse; IOM Report Recommends Ways to Boost Work Force, Fund Services and Training
Released: 7/10/2012

Millions of baby boomers will likely face difficulties getting diagnoses and treatment for mental health conditions and substance abuse problems unless there is a major effort to significantly boost the number of health professionals and other service providers able to supply this care as the population ages, says a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

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Mental Health Care for Older Americans - New Report
Released: 7/2/2012

The Mental Health and Substance Use Workforce for Older Adults: In Whose Hands? -- a new report by the Institute of Medicine -- projects the types and level of mental health and substance use care that these older Americans will need and recommends actions to ensure that the U.S. has a competent and well-trained work force to provide this care.

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What You're Reading - February 2012

A list of the most viewed IOM reports for the month of February, 2012.

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