3101, 2018

Navigating Grief and Condolences

by Mica B. Estrada for the Psychology Today Blog "This experience [with my grandmother's death] made me realize it isn’t easy to know what deeds or words to provide to people when they are in the midst of grief.   To learn more about what is helpful, I asked Carl Magruder, a Hospice and Palliative Care Chaplain with ResolutionCare, what his advice would be for people wanting to be supportive, kind and helpful to someone who just experienced a significant loss.  These are the words he offered: "Transcend your desire to make it better. The spiritual paradox of creating a space [...]

1701, 2018

Dying and Destitute

by Thadeus Greenson for the North Coast Journal "Craig and Lisa Smith are running out of time. They’re dying. He has congestive heart failure and a cancer eating at his kidney. She has a severe respiratory illness and spends her nights plugged into an oxygen concentrator. But that’s not what they’re talking about today, sitting in the bed where they spend most of their lives these days in a cramped but tidy apartment at 833 H St. in Eureka. ... "Nikki Lang sits on the corner of the bed. She’s a social worker with Resolution Care, the palliative care team [...]

911, 2017

“It’s Personal” on the Death by Design Podcast

Interview with Dr. Fratkin by Kimberly Paul on the Death by Design Podcast "We simply are a specialty of medicine, an interdisciplinary team, a group of inspired individuals focused on two things ... number one, symptom control and … number two, we help people and their families to navigate, to make their way through what can be incredibly complicated medical situations … The people we take care of are up against it." Listen to the entire interview here or at the Death by Design Podcast.

1010, 2017

Resolution Care’s Short Films offer Intimate and Inspiring Portraits at the End of Life

On KHSU Magazine, 10/9/17 "Dr. Michael Fratkin, founder of Resolution Care, a home-based, palliative care program, came by the KHSU Magazine to talk about Resolution Care's collection of short films titled AS SIMPLE AS ASKING. These intimate portraits offer words of wisdom from people facing the end of their lives." Listen to KHSU Magazine's interview with Dr. Fratkin and their discussion of "As Simple As Asking."

210, 2017

Hospice in Crisis

by Joanne Kennen for The Agenda. "In an isolated rural stretch of Northern California, Dr. Michael Fratkin, founder of a company called Resolution Care, is 'virtually visiting' seriously ill patients at home with a phone, a laptop, and free teleconferencing software. Many of Fratkin’s patients have scant family support; in addition to physical illness, some are dealing with poverty, food insecurity, and homelessness. He makes in-person visits, too, as do nurses and community health workers. The care he provides is not hospice, but it’s similar, paid for by Medicaid managed care plans in California and a few big insurers." Read [...]

2009, 2017

Grief in the time of social media

By Angela Gargano on Stanford Medicine's Scope Blog "A palliative care doctor, Fratkin has had about 2,000 patients die over the last 11 years, and when patients died it often felt as if they had just 'disappeared into the blackness.' But things are now changing, he said, as the digital world offers important tools to help him connect with patients and grieving families." Read Gargano's report on the Stanford Medicine X panel, "Grief in the Digital Age," which Dr. Fratkin participated in, at the Scope Blog.

709, 2017

Hacking the Future of People Caring for People

Watch Dr. Fratkin's talk, "Hacking the Future of People Caring for People," for the Ungerleider Palliative Care Fund's Lecture Series on the Ungerleider Palliative Care Fund's Facebook page. "I don't have to tell you that this healthcare system that we have, the delivery of medical technology to serve people is broken."

709, 2017

Models and Strategies to Integrate Palliative Care Principles into Serious Illness Care: A Workshop

Watch Dr. Fratkin talk about "Models and Strategies to Integrate Palliative Care Principles into Serious Illness Care" here or at The National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine website. "ResolutionCare is a people-powered, technology-enabled, home-based palliative care initiative, arising from the soil of where I live in very far northern California, Humboldt County ... Our mission is to bring capable and compassionate care to everybody, everywhere in the face of serious illness."

2604, 2017

Palliative Care in Rural America: An Interview with Michael Fratkin

Interview with Eric Widera and Alex Smith at GeriPal: A Geriatrics and Palliative Care Blog, 4/25/17 "Alex: What are the main services you provide? If you had to summarize, we see mostly this kind of patient, and these are the main issues that come up that we address. Michael: I'm just going to say, for all of our listeners, and for you guys, the main ingredient of palliative care is love and respect. That's what we provide, and we do that wearing our nurse hat, doctor hat, social worker hat, community health worker hat, etc. That looks like palliative care [...]

3003, 2017

Telehealth Is Opening Doors for Hospice and Palliative Care

by Larry Beresford at AAHPM, 3/29/17 "Michael Fratkin, MD, a palliative care physician and telehealth champion in Eureka, CA, has led development of a service called ResolutionCare that covers rural expanses of the state’s rugged North Coast—with an integral role for telehealth. ResolutionCare is pioneering a hybrid programmatic design for palliative care combining videoconferencing, mobile health applications, telephonic support, and on-the-ground care, covered under value-based contracts with managed care organizations. It also is building an infrastructure to remotely offer education and support to palliative care teams in other communities." Read the rest of Beresford's article at aahpm.org.

2503, 2017

Cabernet Over Chemo: 4 Physicians, 4 Lessons

by Matt Perry in California Health Report, 3/21/17 “It happened because I asked the community what they needed,” said Fratkin. “I turned my attention away from big systems and health plans and turned it towards neighbors and the people I cared for.” Read the rest of Perry's article about palliative care physicians at the annual Coalition for Compassionate Care of California conference in Sacramento in California Health Report.

2103, 2017

Community-Based Palliative Care–California leading the way

by Sue Montgomery, RN, BSN, CHPN at workingnurse.com, 3/21/17 "One of those leaders is Michael Fratkin, M.D., president and founder of ResolutionCare, a community-based palliative care provider and educator in Northern California. Fratkin is a pioneer, both in California and across the nation, in making the most of technology to shift the center of care and support to patients in their own homes, no matter where they may be. Fratkin says that although the healthcare industry has recently had increased calls for person-centered care, the palliative care community has long embraced that model. 'It’s the way we approach caring holistically [...]

1403, 2017

Dr. Fratkin is an Enabler

by Kathy Kastner in the End of Life Blog at best endings, 3/13/17 “Most of my healing has little to do with medicine.” “My approach has more to do with being there, listening and helping people with a different approach.” Fratkin, entrepreneur creator of Resolution Care,  is a Palliative doctor whose conversations enable people to see things differently. Read the rest of Kathy's interview with Michael in the End of Life Blog at best endings.

912, 2016

Welcome to the Future: Telemedicine and Value-Based Payment

by Michael D. Fratkin, MD, and Stephen G. Franey, MBA at AJMC.com, December 9, 2016 "What we’re doing, as palliative care specialists at ResolutionCare, is what we call Telemedicine 3.0. In some ways, version 3.0 represents the evolution of the technology so that it can disappear— and thus allow for the return of the deep relational work that’s always been at the heart of caring. We’re using these technologies to reach people with ease via technology they already have at their fingertips (or that we provide) to reach them in their homes, to unburden them from travel and transport, and [...]

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