Date & Time
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dr. Joseph Sacco
American doctors and hospitals are paid to treat diseases. Millions of people have benefitted, as modern medicine has developed a vast array of highly effective treatments that cure or slow conditions that once inevitably killed or disabled those affected. At the same time, such treatments, which may be reimbursed in the hundreds of thousands of dollars per patient, are often applied to people whose deaths are inevitable, and whose quality of life will not improve — with neither the affected person’s clear understanding or consent.
This program will review the ways in which hospital finances incentivize the provision of high-tech, high cost interventions to critically ill people who will not benefit, and provide an understanding of palliative medicine (including how to access this specialty) and its role in advocacy for seriously ill people.
An Evening Workshop
Friday, February 8, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Members $15/ Nonmembers $20
This program is part of the Art of Dying Institute. For complete information click here.
New York Open Center
Dr. Joseph Sacco is board certified in family medicine and hospice and palliative medicine. The chief medical officer of the Connecticut Hospice, Inc., America’s first hospice, he is also the founder, in 2004, and former medical director of the palliative medicine consultation service and hospice inpatient service at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center. He is a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and has been the palliative medicine director of the New York Reduce Avoidable Hospitalization (NYRAH) grant since 2012, and medical director since 2014. He has published in Health Affairs, the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, and the New York Times.