Hospice facilities are less regulated than nursing homes and hospitals, and government investigations have shown many are mistreating the terminally ill patients they’re tasked with comforting. A new bill passed by the House of Representatives could help change that.

J. Pat Carter / AP

The U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bipartisan bill co-authored by Southern Tier Republican Tom Reed to create federal programs to train a new generation of hospice and palliative care providers.

Mike Desmond

The end of life is part of the human condition. It's hard on families and difficult to navigate. Speakers in Calvary Episcopal Church's Common Ground series yesterday say the key is planning, particularly on the part of the dying individual.

Cuomo says he would sign physician aid in dying bill

Apr 10, 2019
National Public Radio

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he would sign legislation allowing people with a terminal illness to seek life-ending medication from a physician. 

Hospice gives 'Home for the Holidays' a whole new meaning

Dec 28, 2018
Hoppe & Associates

They say the holiday season can be either the best time of the year or the worst, depending on where you are in your life. WBFO's Marian Hetherly has the story of one local attorney making the best of the worst.

We all hope for a little peace at the end of life, for ourselves and for our loved ones. Hospice services can play a big role, relieving pain and providing spiritual and emotional support. But a federal report published Tuesday synthesized patient and Medicare payment data going back to 2005 and found that, while patients generally can count on hospice to relieve their suffering, some hospice providers are bilking Medicare and neglecting patients.