Along with the Chicago End-of-Life Care Coalition, Life Matters Media was pleased to present “End of Life Care in a Changing Health Care Environment: The Impact of the Affordable Care Act and Accountable Care Organizations” to a live audience gathered at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management on November 13th.
Below, you will find a link to a video featuring our panelists’ outstanding presentation and their answers to our audience’s questions.
Featured are health care columnist Bruce Japsen of Forbes; Dr. Lee Sacks, Chief Medical Officer of Advocate Health Care; Dr. Josh Hauser, palliative care specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital; and Dr. Kayhan Parsi, Professor of Bioethics and Health Policy at Loyola University Chicago’s Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics.
It was a privilege to engage with such esteemed guests on a timely and under discussed aspect of our changing health care laws.
Please enjoy, learn and share with all those interested in end of life care.
Randi Belisomo President and Co-Founder
Life Matters Media’s Mission
Life Matters Media aims to be the premiere provider of information, resources and support for all involved in end of life decision-making. Through fostering better communication, we will empower the ill, aged, caregivers, surrogates and medical providers to navigate this life phase with confidence and dignity.
Life Matters Media’s Values
- All individuals should have the ability to participate in decisions that affect their destinies.
- Multiple and varied voices create a richer and more productive marketplace for the exchange of information.
- A broad range of choices surrounding end of life issues exists. These choices should be considered carefully.
- Neutral platforms are best to explore this journey and bring end of life issues to the forefront in a reflective forum.
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WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight” Highlights Life Matters Media Co-Founder Randi Belisomo By Shanika Gunaratna
Northwestern magazine, the quarterly alumni magazine for Northwestern University, has highlighted Co-Founders Randi Belisomo and Mary F. Mulcahy, M.D. in their winter issue.
"Northwestern professor Mary Mulcahy, who was Hernandez Gomez’s doctor, and Belisomo launched Life Matters Media, a website to provide information and support for those involved in end-of-life decisions. The portal includes personal patient stories, medical research, expert columns and other resources.
"The initiative began after Belisomo bumped into Mulcahy at the gym after Hernandez Gomez’s death, an encounter that led to a frank discussion about how to talk about the end."
An evening of live lit and libations was hosted by Life Matters Media and Midwest Care Center Oct. 26, 2013 at Midwest CareCenter.
Taxes– And The Costs Of Long Term Care by Judi Strauss, Ph.D, E.A. An estimated 3.3 million Americans currently live in the nation’s nearly 16,000 nursing homes. That number translates to 1 in 7 people ages 65 and up, and more than 1 in 5 of them are 85 and older. Many pay their monthly fees with their own financial resources, and some have the assistance of long term care insurance. These fees can range from $2500 on the low end to more than $8000 a month for full time nursing home care. Additionally, nursing homes may require an initial entrance fee, which can range from $50,000 to several hundred thousand depending on the type of “home” one is buying into, and the level of care required at the start of residency.
"I have been working as a hospital chaplain in suburban Chicago for twenty years. During my chaplaincy, I have been present at 3,000 - 4,000 deaths. I cannot tell you how many of those deaths have been made 'difficult' by families and physicians not knowing the wishes of the patient. Here's hoping that efforts such as yours will help patients, families and doctors talk to each other."
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