Talking About Death

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Should doctors be paid to discuss end of life care with their patients? Medicare is proposing a rule change that would allow it, but it wasn't that long ago that the mere suggestion touched off a partisan political fire storm and cries that "death panels" would determine our fate. Are we past that? And beyond the politics, talking about death -- your own or a loved one's -- can be difficult. We'll hear thoughts on the best approach on today's Be Well edition of the Sound of Ideas.


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Medicare Says Doctors Should Get Paid To Discuss End of Life Issues (NPR)

Death Cafes 

Death Over Dinner

A Racial Gap in Attitudes Towards Hospice Care (New York Times)

What If It Were You? Healthcare Decisions Made Easy Resources (from Discus Directives):
1. State of Ohio Living Will and Power of Attorney for Healthcare: Ohio legal documents.

2. Heart2Hearts® Discuss Directives deck of cards and workbook. Tools that make difficult
conversations on end-of-life decision making easier.

3. Ethical Wills: Helps you share your values, beliefs, dreams, and life lessons with your
loved ones.

4. 5 Wishes: Addresses medical, legal, personal, spiritual, and family matters. (Not a legal
document in Ohio, Texas, Indiana, New Hampshire, Alabama, Kansas, Utah, or Oregon.)

5. Consumer Toolkit for Health Care Advance Planning: The quiz you, your doctor, and
your decision maker should take. Guide for decision maker. Conversation scripts on how
to get started. How to decide what you want.

Advance Directives: Making Your Healthcare Choices Known (from Hospice of the Western Reserve)


Dr. Shlomo Koyfman, Cleveland Clinic

Lisa Newburger, LISW-S, Health Educator and Founder of Discuss Directives, LLC

Mike Rowe. Avon Lake Firefighter and Physician Assistant in the ER at Hillcrest Hospital

SPECIAL DEBRIEF: Don Shalvey, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 

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