Improving Access to Integrated Palliative Care
An increasing number of Americans are living with serious and chronic illness—20% of Medicare beneficiaries now have five or more chronic conditions and two-thirds of Medicare spending goes to cover their care. Palliative care, which offers personalized, coordinated treatment for patients with serious illness, has been shown to reduce health care spending while improving quality of life. However, access to palliative services continues to be limited by low levels of physician referrals, workforce shortages and reimbursement challenges.
This webinar explored ways to improve access to palliative care, including the following:
- the key benefits of team-based care with both curative and comfort goals, and the obstacles posed by fee-for-service
- a scalable model for outpatient palliative care that, in early evaluation, has reduced hospitalizations by 50 to 70 percent
- strategies for moving palliative care into a wider variety of settings, such as nursing homes and community-based clinics
- a training program that’s helping hospitals build proficiency in evidence-based palliative care practices