End-of-Life Care Going Corporate: Viva Authors Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel Featured on the Evolution of Hospices

Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel, authors of the recently released Changing the Way We Die, were featured in Bloomberg Businessweek as experts on hospice care and how it is changing.

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Changing the Way We Die: Compassionate End-of-life Care and the Hospice Movement

(PRWEB) March 26, 2014

Bloomberg Businessweek featured the award winning Viva Editions title Changing the Way We Die: Compassionate End-of-Life Care and the Hospice Movement in an article on the monetary side of Hospice organizations. Written by health writers Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel, Changing the Way We Die reveals how more and more hospices, which were once all non-profits, are being bought by large corporations.

Paul M. Barrett, of Bloomberg Business week, writes about this change, "Smith and Himmel report that “for-profit hospices account for all the growth in the field over the past decade”—a shift away from the nonprofit model that the authors find troubling."

He considers the book useful even outside the realm of business, "Even if you’re not intrigued, as I am, by the corporate machinations, Changing the Way We Die offers a bracing introduction to hospice at a time when an aging nation needs to consider alternatives to expensive and often inhumane traditional medical practices."

What people are saying about Changing the Way We Die:

"Changing the Way We Die: Compassionate End-of-Life Care and the Hospice Movement should be required reading for physicians, nurses, and anyone else—professional or volunteer—who provides care to those who are dying."
—ForeWord Reviews

“Nobody wants to die badly.” With that opening line, cowriters Smith and Himmel proceed to persuasively explain why no one should ever have to. … Smith and Himmel provide inspiring stories about patients, families, physicians, and the entire hospice experience.
—Booklist