The San Jose Mercury News reports:
The Institute, part of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, seeks changes in federal policy, financing and hospital practices that will bring care into line "with individual values and preferences to promote high-quality, cost-effective care at the end of life," according to a statement.
The Institute stated in its announcement that "coordinated, expert, compassionate care for people dying from chronic diseases continues to challenge the American health care system.
"During the last century and more, death has evolved from a common family event centered in the home to a medical event occurring in a distant medical facility overseen by trained experts and administrators," it said.
In addition to Pizzo, provisional members of the panel include UC San Francisco professor Bernard Lo, MD, and 17 other experts from Brown University, the University of Pennsylvania, Duke University and elsewhere.