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Sep 22, 2022

Have you ever had that moment when talking to a patient, when you realized that the phrase you just uttered, which you’ve uttered a hundred times before, came out rote and scripted?  Maybe some phrase you learned from a prominent podcast or VitalTalk?  And in response, the family or patient looked at you like you were...


Sep 15, 2022

Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has revolutionized the treatment of valvular heart disease for patients with severe aortic stenosis, a condition that affects one in ten adults older than the age of 80.  The rates of TAVR have also risen dramatically in the last decade. In 2019, the number of TAVRs exceeded...


Sep 8, 2022

Holly Prigerson recalls the moments in which she started investigating prolonged grief disorder.  She recalls being “a social scientist [Holly] in room a full of psychiatrists,” who recognized a diagnostic gap in people experiencing profound and potentially harmful grief far after the death of a loved one.  This led...


Sep 1, 2022

In day-to-day practice, It’s hard to imagine providing excellent hospice or palliative care services without access to a team social worker.  Social workers augment a team’s ability to provide whole-person care, often aiding to identify and meaningfully address the wide variety of challenges and unmet needs faced by...


Aug 25, 2022

Two major shifts are transforming the landscape of hospice.

First, private equity firms are gobbling up hospices.  As Melissa Aldridge, a health services researcher and former banker explains, we should be very concerned.  Private equity firms try to turn companies as profitable as possible within 3-5 years.  Thus,...