ABCD Exchange : March - April 2001 : Innovations - MD Training in EOL Care

Upfront - 2nd National Congress
President's Letter - Stretching Limits
QuickScan - News In Brief
Meet the Board - Introducing Members
Lunch Bunch - First Meeting of 2001
Gatherings - Searching for Spirituality
Caregiving - Volunteer Teams in AL

New Program Uses Retired Physicians to Train Their Peers in End-of-Life Care

The Hospice Foundation of America is working with the Health Council of South Florida on a one-year pilot program to attract retired physicians as peer educators. The Hospice Medicaid Education Project (HMEP), funded by the 2000 session of the Florida legislature, aims to expand the hospice use among eligible Medicaid patients. The group expects the increased use of hospice to lead to a reduction in State Medicaid expenditures.

The mentoring program is critical to the project's success. Retired physicians will train and educate practicing Medicaid physicians. The project plans to recruit almost 50 peer educators who will train 200 to 300 Medicaid physicians.

Retired physicians in Miami-Dade, Broward, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Duval, and Lean counties are being recruited. To become a participant or for information, contact:

Vee Danielson, Special Project Coordinator, [email protected] or visit www.healthcouncil.org; and David Abrams, President, Hospice Foundation of America [email protected], or visit www.hospicefoundation.org

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