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Princeton Conference XVII (2010)

Examining End of Life Care: Creating Sensible Public Policies for Patients, Providers, and Payers

May 19-20, 2010

The Seventeenth Princeton Conference was held at The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, NJ on May 19-20, 2010. At this conference, nationally recognized experts spoke about several key issues pertaining to end of life care, including variation in care, the role of nursing homes, economic and ethical decision-making frameworks, and examples of promising new practices and policies.

There were a total of 7 sessions, which included:

  • Chronic Disease in the 21st Century Requires a New Perspective on End of Life Care
  • Difference in Approach, Cost, and Ethical Framework in the US and other Countries
  • Variations in End of Life Services and Costs: What is the Role of Individual and Provider Preferences and Resource Availability?
  • Nursing Home Patient Readmissions to Acute Care Setting: What is the Role of Medicaid and Medicare in Ensuring High Quality End of Life Care?
  • Ethical Issues Surrounding End of Life Healthcare: Informed Decision Making, Spending, and Our Nation’s Inability to Discuss Mortality.
  • Provider, Delivery System, Caregiver, and Insurer End of Life Considerations and Innovations: What are the Promising Practices and Current Challenges?
  • Next Steps in Creating End of Life Policies


Princeton Conference XVII Agenda

Policy Brief

Princeton Conference XVII Policy Brief: Examining End of Life Care: Creating Sensible Public Policies for
Patients, Providers, and Payers

Findings from the 17th Princeton Conference, May 19-20, 2010

By Jeffrey Sussman, MPH, MA, Palmira Santos, PhD, and Stuart Altman, PhD

Publication Date: September 2010


Perspectives: "End of Life" Care
Joanne Lynn, M.D.
Clinical Improvement Expert
Colorado Foundation for Medical Care
Senior Fellow
National Academy of Social Insurance

Trends in Medicare Payments for Beneficiaries in the Last Year of Life, 1978-2006
Jim Lubitz, MPH

Getting to “No” You: Ethical Issues in End of Life Care
Norman Fost, M.D., MPH
Director, Program in Bioethics
University of Wisconsin - Madison

The aggressiveness of cancer care near the end of life: Is it a quality of care issue?
Craig Earle, M.D., MSc
Director, Health Services Research Program
Cancer Care Ontario and the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Transforming End-of-Life Care: The British Approach
Bradford H. Gray, Ph.D
Senior Fellow
Urban Institute

What do we know about end-of-life cancer care?
David Goodman, M.D., MS
Professor of Pediatrics and of Health Policy
Director, Center for Health Policy Research
The Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice

Dartmouth Medical School

Variation in End of Life Services: Is it the Providers or the Patients?
Amber E. Barnato, M.D., MPH. MS
Center for Research on Health Care
University of Pittsburgh Medical School

Care Transitions: Perspectives on palliative and end-of-life care
Thomedi G. Ventura, MS, MSPH
Health Data Analyst, Evaluation Specialist
Colorado Foundation for Medical Care

Improving End-of-Life Care by Reducing Avoidable Hospitalizations of NH Residents
Joseph G. Ouslander, M.D.,
Professor of Clinical Biomedical Science
Associate Dean for Geriatric Programs
Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science
Florida Atlantic University

Improving End of Life Care for Nursing Home Residents
David G. Stevenson, SM, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Health Policy
Harvard Medical School

Mechanisms to Promote High Quality End of Life Care
Shari Ling, M.D.
Office of Standards and Quality
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Funders Improving Care at the End-of-Life
Karen Feinstein, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Jewish Healthcare Foundation

POLST: Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment. Honoring Treatment Preference Across Settings of Care
Susan Tolle, M.D.
Cornelia Hayes Stevens Chair
Director, Center for Ethics in Health Care
Professor of Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University

Ready Today for the Future of Health Care and Optimal Hospice Care
Randall S. Krakauer, M.D., FACP, FACR
Head of Medicare Medical Management

Transforming VA Care at the End of Life
Tom Edes, M.D.
Home and Community-Based Care
Veterans Health Administration

Building On Success: innovations in End-of-Life Care
Angie Truesdale
Director, Public Policy
NHPCO Hospice Action Network

The Next Workplace Management Challenge: End-of-Life Issues
J. Brent Pawlecki, M.D.
Corporate Medical Director
Pitney Bowes

We Can't Fix the End of Life by Merely Fixing Health Care
Ira Byock, M.D.
Director, Palliative Medicine
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

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