Californians frequently do not get the kind of care that they want at the end of their lives. In a 2012 survey, 70% of people said they would want to die at home, yet new data show that compared to the national average, Californians at the end-of-life experience more deaths in hospitals and more time in the intensive care unit (ICU). The data also reveal wide variation in the use of hospice, hospital, and ICU services in the last six months of life.
The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) announces a Sacramento briefing designed for legislative staff and others interested in understanding practice patterns and variation in end-of-life care in the Golden State. Panelists will explain why variation in clinical care at the end-of-life matters, examine how patient preferences are often at odds with the care they get, and explore how the new data might be used to meet the goals set out in the recent Let's Get Healthy California Task Force report.
Come learn how addressing unwarranted variation could lead to respecting patients’ wishes, more effective expenditures of health care dollars, and a healthier California.
Presenters are, in order of appearance:
If you cannot attend this briefing, it will be videotaped and available on California HealthCare Foundation's website a few days after the event.
For details on this Sacramento briefing and past events, visit www.chcf.org/statehealthpolicy
Lunch will be provided to in-person attendees.
CHCF is a nonprofit grantmaking philanthropy based in Oakland, California. Founded in 1996, the staff of about 50 people issues around $40 million in grants each year from an endowment of $700 million. CHCF does not participate in lobbying or fundraising.
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