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Univera palliative care expert to consult on Medicare project

Dr. Patricia Bomba, vice president of geriatrics at Univera Healthcare and a nationally recognized palliative care and end-of-life expert, will consult on a two-year project to help inform Medicare beneficiaries and healthcare professionals on Long Island about end-of-life advance care planning.

“Individuals can take control of the quality of their life at the end of life,” Bomba said in a news release. “They should choose how they want to live at the end of their life, who they trust to make decisions if they lose the ability to do so, and have a conversation with their loved ones. Doctors should help initiate discussions with their patients about such decisions.”

The downstate region was selected because the Long Island Hospital Referral Region ranked highest in the state in hospital admissions within the last six months of life. Bomba, of Rochester, said patients want time with their doctors to talk about end-of-life issues, and clinicians should receive the training for such discussions so they can provide quality end-of-life care consistent with their patients’ values and preferences. Those looking for help on how to set up a health care proxy and have end-of-life discussions with loved ones are encouraged to visit CompassionAndSupport.org.

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