In the News
November 23, 2015
Letter: Thank you from Care Dimensions
To the editor:
As November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, it is the perfect time to raise awareness about the compassionate care that hospice and palliative care offers and underscore Care Dimensions’ commitment to enriching our patients’ quality of life, to enhancing their dignity and to making their healthcare wishes our priority. It is also an opportunity to remind everyone about the importance of making your healthcare wishes known to your loved ones and healthcare providers by completing an advance directive or healthcare proxy.
Care Dimensions applauds the new ruling from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that authorizes Medicare to pay clinicians for advance care planning conversations with their patients. We see this as a tipping point in moving the national dialogue on end-of-life care forward. The ruling, which will go into effect in January 2016, will affect an estimated 50 million Medicare beneficiaries, offering them 30 minutes of advance care planning in a physician’s office or hospital setting. If your community group is interested in hosting an educational discussion about this ruling and advance directives, please call us at 888-283-1722.
We are fortunate at Care Dimensions, formerly Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston, to have dedicated professionals and volunteers whose commitment to our organization and our patients is extraordinary. Since 1978, we have been providing comprehensive care to terminally ill patients and their families throughout the North Shore and Greater Boston. We serve patients in their homes, long term care facilities, assisted living communities, in specialized hospital units, and in our Kaplan Family Hospice House. In addition, we provide counseling services to grieving family members of all ages, regardless of whether they received our hospice services.
Carrying out our mission would be impossible without the support of the community. It is particularly appropriate during National Hospice and Palliative Care Month that we express our heartfelt thanks to our donors, friends in the community, staff members and volunteers who contribute immeasurably to Care Dimensions.
Diane T. Stringer
President and CEO