CAPC News Bites, What you need to know this week
Study: Early Palliative Care Cuts Costs
A new study in Health Services Research finds that palliative care delivered early during hospitalization can help minimize costs for those facing serious illness. The study aimed to guide hospital systems on how best to structure and utilize palliative care teams as well as measure potential cost savings from in-hospital palliative care teams.
The results show that “savings associated with palliative care were highest for patients who had a consult with a palliative care team within the first 10 days of their hospital stay and for patients diagnosed with cancer.” Savings also increased when “a palliative care team included more involvement of physicians and registered nurses.” Click here to read the full study.
AAHPM Launches Survey to Help Shape List of Cross-Cutting Quality Measures for Hospice and Palliative Care
Last fall, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM) and the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) launched Measuring What Matters (MWM), a consensus project aimed at identifying a recommended portfolio of cross-cutting performance measures for all hospice and palliative care programs. AAHPM is now inviting input from stakeholder organizations, including patient advocacy organizations, in an effort to finalize this list of measures.
The current list has been narrowed to 12 published, existing quality metrics. Organizations are now invited to help determine the final list of measures that will be recommended for palliative care programs to use for program improvement. The deadline to complete the survey is August 4, 2014. Click here to access the survey.
This Week in Palliative Care Tweets
Check out what is trending on Twitter this week in the world of palliative care…
— ACSCAN (@ACSCAN) July 23, 2014
— Liz Teitz (@LizTeitz) July 23, 2014
The basic components of cancer-control include prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, and palliative care. #SCCA8
— 8th SCCA Conference (@SCCA8_Namibia) July 20, 2014
— Amy Berman (@NotesOnNursing) July 19, 2014
Did you see the Palliative Pulse?
The July issue of The Palliative Pulse features a heartwarming story on palliative care patient and advocate, Amy Berman’s palliative care journey; a guest blog by Dr. Sarah Friebert, Director of Akron Children’s Hospital’s Haslinger Family Pediatric Palliative Care Center; and much more. Click here to catch all the stories and don’t forget to subscribe to Palliative in Practice for all your palliative care news, stories and issues.