A new California law could have national implications. The California State Legislature recently passed, and Governor Jerry Brown signed into law, SB 1152, mandating that hospitals create special inpatient discharge planning policies and procedures for their homeless patients, to include mandated interventions specific to the homeless. Will SB 1152 have…
The patient with late stage lung disease has progressed to the need for opioids and this is where palliation of symptoms falters and palliative care intervention is most needed. Our lives start and end with a breath. The first breath of an infant is anxiously awaited with joy and the…
A look back on the difficult end to a cherished friend’s life. “Larry only has a couple of weeks to live,” read the Facebook message from the wife of one of my oldest living friends. “He wants to talk to you.” I first met Larry in second grade. We became…