Larry Beresford is a freelance medical writer and health care journalist specializing in hospice, palliative care, end-of-life care and related health care fields.

His experience includes authoring the definitive consumer’s guidebook to hospice care (The Hospice Handbook: A Complete Guide, published by Little, Brown & Co.), as well as contributing articles to a variety of health care trade magazines and developing or writing newsletters, columns, manuals and white papers designed for hospice and palliative care managers and clinicians. He is editor of Hospice Compliance Letter, published by the Summit Business Group; co-author (with Dr. Diane Meier) of the Notes from the Field column in theJournal of Palliative Medicine; blogger at the Growth House end-of-life website(www.growthhouse.org); and active participant in the end-of-life care social networking community at Twitter.com.

His mainstream medical writing includes contributions to Anesthesiology Newsand Pain Medicine News (McMahon) and The Hospitalist magazine (John Wiley), as well as authoring a major report on quality in the intensive care unit for the National Coalition on Health Care, Care in the ICU: Teaming Up to Improve Quality. Other site visit-based reports and white papers include:

  • One Patient, One Day: Making Your Hospice a Leader in End-of-Life Care, a manual on how to grow hospice programs, co-authored with Jay Mahoney and Mary Michal;

  • Caring for Kids: How to Develop a Home-based Support Program, a manual and CD-ROM published by the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization;

  • VA Transforms End-of-Life Care for Veterans, a report issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs and NHPCO;

  • Financial Implications of Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care, from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care National Program Office; and

  • Hospital-Hospice Partnerships in Palliative Care: Creating a Continuum of Service, from the Center to Advance Palliative Care.

Larry’s articles have been published in the Washington Post, American Medical News, Medscape, Hospitals & Health Networks, Health Plan, Medicine & Health Perspectives, Business & Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Advancesnewsletter, Hospice Journal, Hospice Magazine, Quality Review Bulletin, VFW Magazine, Future Age and the Baltimore Sun.

His experience also includes participating in two ethics projects at the Hastings Center, Garrison, N.Y.; serving as a hospice patient care volunteer in varied settings for nearly two decades; writing, publishing and performing original poetry; and first-hand participation in family caregiving responsibilities following his wife’s two total knee replacements and two cardiac stent placements.

 
 

Publications

Pain vs Overdose: Hospitalists Are Caught in the Middle, Medscape, August 2016

Top facts primary care physicians need to know about hospice care, Medical Economics, July 2016

Unconscious Bias Requires Concentration, Consistent Effort from ProviderAmerican Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Quarterly Newsletter, Summer 2016

PAs, NPs Seizing Key Leadership Roles in HM Groups, Health SystemsThe Hospitalist Magazine, An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine, July 2016

How to avoid the corrosive effects of physician burnoutMedical Economics, April 2016

Research Shows Link Between EHR and Physician BurnoutThe Hospitalist Magazine, An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine, April 2016

What Can Therapeutic Gardens Offer to Intensive Care Unit Family Visitors?Society for Critical Care Medicine Critical Connections Magazine Online, February 2016

Hospital Medicine Flourishing Around the WorldThe Hospitalist Magazine, An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine, November, 2015

Post-Acute Patient Care New Frontier for HospitalistsThe Hospitalist Magazine, An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine, July, 2015

Hospice Gardens Bring Patients Closer To Nature Environments for Aging, April 2015

Hospitalists’ Responsibility, Role in Readmission PreventionThe Hospitalist Magazine, An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine, April, 2015

Gardens Enhance Quality of Life, Therapeutic Opportunities in Senior CommunitiesLeadingAge Magazine, March/April 2015

Hospitalists’ Role in Health Reform EvolvesThe Hospitalist Magazine, An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine, December, 2014

Hospitalist Tips for Talking to Seriously Ill PatientsThe Hospitalist Magazine, An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine, December, 2014

Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Plants With Purpose, Healthcare Design Magazine, November 2014

A Call to Action: The IOM Report, American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Quarterly Newsletter, Winter 2014

Disparities, Diversity, and Palliative CareAmerican Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Quarterly Newsletter, Summer 2014  

Stress, Burnout and Self-care Strategies for Hospice and Palliative PhysiciansAmerican Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Quarterly Newsletter, Spring 2014 

Hospice medical directors confront demands of heightened regulationAmerican Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Quarterly Newsletter, Fall 2013

AAHPM Recommends 5 Things Physicians and Patients Should Question in Hospice and Palliative MedicineAmerican Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Quarterly Newsletter, Spring 2013

The Flutter, The Hospice House Network (2013 to Present)

In Depth Report on Hospice EligibilityThe Hospice Compliance Letter is a monthly publication by Weatherbee Resources for members of the Hospice Compliance Network, January 2011

“What Does End-of-Life Care Mean to you… and Your Patient?” RenaLink, Spring 2007

“Improving End-of-Life Care: California Nursing Home Projects Target Communications, Patient Preferences,” Future Age, September/October 2005, pp. 40-43

“VA Transforms End-of-Life Care for Veterans”, a report issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, 2005

“Doctors to the dying: Helping patients at the end becomes a growing specialty.” American Medical News, January 26, 2004

“Personal Best” (about photo artist Jim Goldberg), Hospice Magazine (National Hospice Organization), Winter 1996

“Dying Well Expresses What I Have Witnessed Most Consistently" (about Missoula, MT, demonstration project), Hospice Magazine (National Hospice Organization), Spring 1997

“Improving Care at the End of Life: What Has the Kevorkian Case Taught Us?” A Special Supplement to Advances, Issue 2, 1999, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Anesthesiology News and Pain Medicine News:

“Fast Response is Key to Partnering with the Emergency Department”; co-authored with Diane E. Meier, MD, Notes from the Field, Journal of Palliative Medicine, 10(3): 2007

The Hospitalist Magazine:

NewsLine, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Alexandria, VA: 

Clients

Recent Clients

In addition to the health care trade magazine work sampled on this website, Larry’s other recent writing and/or editing clients include:

  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Altarum Institute
  • Veterans Administration
  • The Center to Advance Palliative Care
  • The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and National Hospice Foundation
  • VITAS Innovative Hospice Care
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • The Open Society Institute
  • Medscape
  • The Society for Critical Care Medicine
  • The National Hospice Work Group
  • The Hospice Foundation of America
  • Hope Hospice & Palliative Care
  • The California Coalition for Compassionate Care
  • Health Resources Publishing (Hospice Letter)
  • American Health Consultants (Hospice Management Advisor)
  • The Corridor Group
  • George Mark Children’s Hospice