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A Case For Grief

BY DANIEL GAITAN | daniel@lifemattersmedia.org Sometimes grieving shouldn’t be avoided, but encouraged. People facing terminal illness and families coping with the death of a loved one can find meaning in tragedy through the grieving process, says Dr. Robert Neimeyer. Neimeyer, a professor of psychology at the University of Memphis, studies the relationship between death, grief and loss. On Thursday, he will […]

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Chicago End-Of-Life Care Coalition Hosts Fall Benefit

Nearly 100 medical professionals, storytellers and patient advocates attended the Chicago End-of-Life Care Coalition’s annual fall benefit, an effort that raised funds supporting the organization’s educational programming throughout the Chicago area. The event, “An Afternoon of Stories,” was presented with Stories on Stage, one of the city’s only live, dramatic short story reading series. One-by-one, performers shared emotional, often comical, […]

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Support For Medicare Coverage Of End Of Life Discussions Among Providers

Many medical providers, end of life care activists and hospice nurses support Medicare reimbursement for end of life conversations between physicians and patients. Medicare could soon begin reimbursing doctors if proposed billing codes from the American Medical Association are approved. Almost five years ago, similar proposals were dropped from the Affordable Care Act amid allegations […]

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Reimbursing Doctors For End Of Life Discussions

Medicare could soon begin reimbursing physicians for end of life conversations with patients, almost five years after similar proposals were taken out of the Affordable Care Act. Bypassing the political process, some private insurers have already started reimbursing doctors for time spent helping patients complete advance health care directives, The New York Times reports. Interest […]

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Award-Winning Author Katy Butler Coming To Chicago

In collaboration with the Chicago End-of-Life Care Coalition, Life Matters Media will host award-winning journalist and author Katy Butler at Loyola University in Chicago on June 19. Butler will offer reflections on her best-selling memoir Knocking On Heaven’s Door, a personal examination of how medical technology is often used in ways that cause unnecessary suffering […]

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