The Palliative Pulse, November 2014

Click here to access the full November edition of the Palliative Pulse.

Preview of CAPC’s New Online Palliative Care Curriculum Now Available

The new CAPC online curriculum, launching in January, is designed to provide an integrated approach to palliative care skill-building for both palliative care specialists and all frontline clinicians. In advance of the launch, CAPC has released two course demos. Click the images below to get started.

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Hospital FinalThe full roster of courses includes tracks on Pain Management, Communication, Palliative Care in the Community and Operations. CAPC courses will be available to the entire staff of each CAPC member institution. The courses can be accessed on computers, smart phones or tablets and all courses are linked to free CME/CEU credits. You will also have the opportunity to obtain CAPC Designation in both Pain Management and Communication Skills. Click here for more information and a full list of membership benefits. To learn more about the benefits of membership, please call 212-201-2674.

Sights and Sounds of the 2014 CAPC National Seminar

Palliative care specialists and advocates, as well as program, hospital and health system leaders, flocked to Orlando this month for the 2014 CAPC National Seminar. The three-day conference, generating more attendees than ever, covered the full spectrum of palliative care delivery including community-based palliative care. This month, we highlight some of the key moments of the event.

In this video, attendees detail why the CAPC National Seminar was valuable to their palliative care teams.

 

The CAPC Seminar in Photos

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Diane E. Meier, MD, CAPC Director, (left), kicked off the event with a plenary presentation that highlighted the enormous growth of palliative care in recent years. She also identified the palliative care financing opportunities that have been created by health care reform. A young professional looks on intently.

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Other plenary speakers included Sister Carol Keehan, DC, RN, MS, (top left), David Weissman, MD (top right), Graeme Rocker, MD (bottom left), and former Senator William H. Frist (bottom right).

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David Weissman was also awarded the 2014 CAPC Innovation Award for his many contributions to the palliative care field.

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Throughout the weekend, concurrent session presenters identified specific, mission-critical issues and offered real-world solutions. These sessions also allowed attendees the opportunity to ask pointed questions.

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The poster session showcased  palliative care program solutions to common problems through visuals and informal presentations.

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Intensive sessions and office hours gave attendees small-group discussion time with colleagues and expert faculty.

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Hundreds of attendees took to social media to share their reactions and favorite quotes from the weekend. The hashtag #CAPCseminar14 garnered over 4,000 unique tweets during and after the event.

seminar 9The excitement of the weekend was evident in the faces of attendees who bonded over shared experiences.

The 2015 CAPC National Seminar will be held in San Antonio, Texas November 12-14. For more information, click here.

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2014 CAPC Seminar Brings Palliative Care Community Together

Over 900 people gathered in Orlando, Florida this November 13-15 for the 2014 CAPC National Seminar. The event gave attendees a front row seat to hear the latest developments and advances in palliative care from experts in the field, and offered rich networking opportunities through office hours, poster sessions, concurrent presentations, and more.  The seminar also featured plenary presentations from notable speakers such as Senator William H. Frist, Sister Carol Keehan, DC, RN, MS, Diane E. Meier, MD, Graeme Rocker, MD and David Weissman, MD.

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Diane E. Meier, MD, Director of CAPC, addresses the CAPC Seminar crowd during her plenary session

 

Twitter was abuzz throughout the event with the seminar hashtag #CAPCseminar14 receiving heavy traffic.

Click here to read a review of the seminar from Pallimed’s blog. A full overview featuring sights, sounds and reactions from the event will be available Tuesday, November 25 in our monthly publication, The Palliative Pulse.

Upcoming CAPC Web Conference: A Look at Advanced Illness Services at Highmark

CAPC’s next web conference – Tuesday, December 2 at 1:30 PM ET –  is the third in a series related to payer-provider partnerships. This event will look at advanced illness services at Highmark, a national diversified health care partner service member through its businesses in health insurance, dental insurance, vision care and reinsurance. Highmark, which received the Gold Fine Award in 2013 for its Advanced Illness Services, has implemented several successful strategies for improving access to palliative care and supporting members, their families and caregivers in dealing with serious or chronic medical conditions.

This web conference will focus on two of these strategies: the Quality Blue Hospital Pay for Value Programs and the Advanced Illness Services Program. Participants will learn about how these programs developed, the key milestones achieved and some of the challenges encountered along the way. For more information and to register, click here.

Palliative Care Doctors Help Patients Cope with Illnesses

An article in Kaiser Health News spotlights the burgeoning palliative care specialty in the state of Washington. With palliative care programs in 80 percent of its hospitals, Washington ranks eighth in the nation among states in this specialty. As the article points out however, despite this growth, palliative care still faces opposition from those who misinterpret its usefulness. That may be changing as data continued to emerge to support its efficacy.

“Studies show that palliative care reduces health care spending by avoiding unnecessary treatment and getting patients out of the hospital faster. Researchers have also concluded that the care improves patient satisfaction and lengthens life,” writes Kaiser staff writer Anna Gorman. The article follows several palliative care specialists as they help patients and families cope with serious illness. In one such example, palliative care physician Melissa Bender helps a leukemia patient deal with the pain and stress caused by the illness and works directly with the patient to reach a goal of leaving the hospital to remain at home. To read the full article, click here.

How to Launch a Palliative Care Task Force Web Conference – December 10

On December 10 at 12 p.m. (PST), the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California will be hosting a free webinar on how to start a palliative care task force by working with local government. Using the model of how the San Francisco Palliative Task Force launched its initiative to meet the city’s current and future palliative care needs, this program will detail the steps it takes to build a task force within your city or county.  For more information and to register, click here.

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Use Hashtag #CAPCseminar14 During the CAPC National Seminar

The CAPC National Seminar begins tomorrow. If you are attending, you are encouraged to Tweet your favorite quotes, pictures and discoveries throughout the event using #CAPCseminar14. For those who want to keep up with all of the seminar highlights, follow this hashtag for up-to-the-minute coverage from CAPC.

Each year, the Seminar is growing. Offering in-depth content, rich networking opportunities and one-on-one access to expert faculty, attendees learn from real-world examples of development and sustainability.  For more information on this annual event, click here.

New Curriculum Available on Integration of Palliative Care in Chronic Pediatric Disease

Scholars from the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics have launched curriculum for training diverse healthcare workers to apply palliative care principles to pediatric patients suffering from sickle cell disease and Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Titled “Vision of Hope,” the curriculum uses two specific chronic conditions as case studies: sickle cell disease (SCD) and Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). All content is free and publicly available now by clicking here.

Upcoming Webinar to Focus on Outpatient Palliative Care Models

On Tuesday, November 18, the Supportive Care Coalition will be hosting a web conference on outpatient palliative care models at Mercy Palliative Care. Robert Begamini, MD, Medical Director at Mercy, will describe his team’s ambulatory palliative care service model that results in better patient symptom management, timely goals of care conversations and avoidance of unnecessary hospitalizations. Dr. Begamini will also build the business case for outpatient palliative care services and the professional resources needed to provide comprehensive palliative care services that meet patient/family needs. Registration is open to members of the Supportive Care Coalition free of charge. For more information and to register, click here.

Two-day Symposium on Innovations in Palliative Care Research, Education and Communication Comes to Indiana, November 17-18

The Mary Margaret Walther Program in Palliative Care Research and Education, part of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, will host a two-day symposium, “Passages and Promises: Innovation in Palliative Care Research, Education and Communication,” November 17 and 18 at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. New York Times bestselling authors Mark Nepo and Gail Sheehy will join national palliative care experts on discussions exploring the latest research for improving communication among patients, family members and clinicians in the context of palliative care and advanced cancer and other advanced diseases. Click here to learn more.

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Get Social During the CAPC National Seminar, November 13-15

Heading to the CAPC National Seminar in Orlando this year? Tweet your favorite quotes, pictures and discoveries throughout the event using #CAPCseminar14. You can also follow this hashtag for up-to-the-minute coverage from CAPC. Participants are also encouraged to join the CAPC National Seminar Community Facebook Page to interact with fellow attendees.

Each year, the Seminar is growing. Offering in-depth content, rich networking opportunities and one-on-one access to expert faculty, attendees learn from real-world examples of development and sustainability.  For more information on this annual event, click here.

Upcoming CAPC Web Conference to Focus on Payer-Provider Partnerships

CAPC’s next web conference – Tuesday, December 2 at 1:30 PM ET –  is the third in a series related to payer-provider partnerships. This event will look at advanced illness services at Highmark, a national diversified health care partner service member through its businesses in health insurance, dental insurance, vision care and reinsurance. Highmark, which received the Gold Fine Award in 2013 for its Advanced Illness Services, has implemented several successful strategies for improving access to palliative care and supporting members, their families and caregivers in dealing with serious or chronic medical conditions.

This web conference will focus on two of these strategies: the Quality Blue Hospital Pay for Value Programs and the Advanced Illness Services Program. Participants will learn about how these programs developed, the key milestones achieved and some of the challenges encountered along the way. For more information and to register, click here.

Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit to Hold Dignity Therapy Training Workshop in 2015

The Manitoba Palliative Care Research Unit will be holding an intensive two-and-a-half-day Dignity Therapy Training Workshop June 3-June 5, 2015 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Led by Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov, this workshop will consist of a blend of lectures, small-group discussion, observing Dignity Therapy in action, and hands-on opportunities for therapists. Registration is limited to 60 participants. Click here for more and to register.

The ultimate goal of Dignity Therapy is to help bolster the dignity of patients facing serious illness and address their suffering. This therapeutic intervention invites patients to reflect on matters of importance to them.

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The Palliative Pulse, October 2014

CAPC Presents: David’s Palliative Care Story

David, a devoted family man, is a colorectal cancer survivor who suffered from complications as a result of his treatment. After repeated visits to the emergency room to deal with the pain, David asked for palliative care. His primary goal was to remain at home to enjoy quality time with his family. David’s palliative care team helps manage his pain but also provides psycho-social support for him and his family. Thanks to his palliative care treatment, David is now able to enjoy life at home as he continues his recovery.

Hear from David as well as members of the palliative care team treating him and his family.

Become a CAPC Member in 2014 and Save for Two Years

There are only two months left in 2014. If you become a CAPC member organization in 2014, you will save for two years. In 2015, we will be expanding our tools, training, metrics and technical assistance. As your partner, we want to make sure you never have to reinvent the wheel.

CAPC member institutions will have unlimited access to CAPC tools, training and hands-on technical assistance to help you successfully achieve these goals and implement palliative care principles and practices throughout your organization. One membership fee will cover the cost for your entire institution. Membership is geared to both established palliative care programs and start-ups, as well as all frontline clinicians. Click here for more information and a full list of membership benefits. To learn more about the benefits of membership, please call 212-201-2674.

Data/Experts Say Palliative Care is in High Demand

According to results of the recently released National Palliative Care Registry™ Survey, the prevalence of palliative care in U.S. hospitals with 50 beds or more has nearly tripled since 2000, reaching 61 percent of all hospitals of this size. The number of people served by palliative care programs in the United States has also tripled, due to the increase in the absolute number of programs and their ability to care for a greater number of people living with serious illness.

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“What this undeniable growth means for people with serious illness is that wherever they are in the country, in whatever setting they are in, they have access to the added layer of support they need to improve their quality of life and ensure that their families are well cared for,” said Sean Morrison, MD, Director of the National Palliative Care Research Center in a recent video about the future of palliative care.

In this video, Stephen Berns, MD, Asst. Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, says he and his colleagues are seeing a positive change within their institutions as well, with more primary care physicians taking notice of the benefits this specialty has to offer.

Despite this growth however the data shows that insufficient staffing continues to present a barrier to reaching patients in need. Diane Meier, MD, Director of CAPC, says that in addition to limitations on workforce capacity, lack of understanding of the importance of concurrent palliative care services continues to serve as a barrier.

“Improving access to palliative care for all seriously ill people requires that every clinician have basic skills in pain and symptom management and in communication about what is most important to patients and their families,” says Dr. Meier. To view the entire survey summary, click here.

Help Keep Our Public Awareness Efforts Going!

As CAPC continues its educational efforts to increase the public’s understanding of palliative care, you have an opportunity to help spread the word to your organizations and institutions. For starters, visit our consumer YouTube page to view a series of videos that highlight the world of palliative care through the perspectives of patients, their family members and palliative care specialists of all disciplines. CAPC also recently released a video animation that defines and explains what palliative care is and how it supports people facing serious illness.

You are also encouraged to share our series of informative icons geared towards educating the public of this growing medical specialty. CAPC will be highlighting these tools on its Facebook and Twitter feeds throughout the coming months. Watch this video featuring Diane E. Meier, MD on how you can help spread the word about palliative care.

Palliative Care Quote Book

Hear what experts from the field are saying about palliative care

In the first installment of our palliative care quote book, Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Practitioner, Margaret Farrar-Laco of Akron Children’s Hospital, discusses how palliative care respects the choices of patients and families at all costs, and how empowering patients makes her profession a rewarding one.

 

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IOM Report Web Conference Download, Now Available

In an interactive web conference held on Tuesday, October 28, Diane Meier, MD discussed the Institute of Medicine’s latest report in depth and detailed how the field can best implement its recommendations. The report – released on September 17, 2014 – focuses extensively on people with serious and chronic illness and why the current health care system has largely failed to meet their needs. In the presentation, Dr. Meier responded to the results of a survey that asked attendees how they would begin to drive needed change and sat for an extensive question and answer session with attendees.

To download the full presentation and the deck of slides used, click here. Dr. Meier encourages you to use the presentation in any format within your own organization to advocate for improved care quality for seriously-ill patients.

Early Palliative Care Can Cut Hospital Readmissions for Cancer Patients

A study released by Duke University Hospital shows that cancer patients who receive palliative care are readmitted to the hospital less than those who do not take advantage of this medical specialty.

The Duke researchers used a collaborative model in cancer care—a partnership between medical oncologists and palliative care specialists—to deliver cancer care for patients admitted to the hospital’s solid tumor unit. This model, which included multiple meetings a day between specialists, aimed to cultivate collaboration and communication to achieve the highest quality patient care. This model proved effective, showing a 23-percent decrease in the number of patients readmitted to the hospital with a week of discharge. Results also showed that patients were discharged from the hospital sooner and transfers to the intensive care unit decreased.

“The findings emphasize the value of implementing palliative medicine soon after a cancer diagnosis rather than waiting until later in the disease’s progression. The new approach allows patients earlier opportunities to discuss their care goals and quality of life, which is becoming a central issue among health policy leaders,” says the Duke University Medical Center. To read the full story, click here.

Experts Say Geriatrics and Palliative Care Should Work Together

Two articles published in the October volume of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society focus on how geriatrics and palliative care can work in step to improve patient care. In the first article, Is Palliative Care the “New” Geriatrics? Wrong Question—We’re Better Together, James T. Pacala, MD, MS makes the case that geriatrics and palliative care would benefit from working jointly towards their common goal of providing quality patient services to an aging population. Dr. Pacala says however that before the two can move forward together, they must first be transparent about their key differences in order to utilize their respective strengths. For the full story, click here.

In the next article, Focusing Together on the Needs of the Sickest 5%, Who Drive Half of All Healthcare Spending, Diane Meier, MD says that while geriatrics and palliative care are essential to the future of healthcare, they both currently face challenges as public demand for their services increases. She suggests that both specialties focus their advocacy on highlighting metrics that show improvement in quality care, but believes the first step is to collaborate outside of the silo approach.

“We in palliative medicine and geriatrics need to work together on behalf of our patients and families and not on behalf of our practice settings, our disciplinary tribes, or our specialties, says Dr. Meier. To read the complete article, click here.

Contemplative Care Symposium to be Held in New York, November 6-9

The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care and the Garrison Institute are holding a national symposium on “contemplative care” November 6-9 at the Garrison Institute in suburban New York. Contemplative care is an emerging field bringing contemplative training and skills to caregiving. The symposium is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, and others involved in palliative caregiving. For more information, to view an informative teaser video for the symposium, and to see the list of keynote speakers, which includes Dr. Diane Meier, click here.

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Dr. James A. Tulsky Receives American Cancer Society Pathfinder in Palliative Care Award

James A. Tulsky, M.D., Chief of Duke Palliative Care and Professor of Medicine and Nursing at Duke University, has been named the 2014 recipient of the American Cancer Society Pathfinder in Palliative Care Award. The national award, presented October 21 at the Kathleen Foley Palliative Care Research Retreat in Park City, Utah, recognizes outstanding achievements of a professional who has demonstrated remarkable innovation and ingenuity contributing to the advancement of the palliative care field. Dr. Tulsky received the award for his work on oncologist/patient communication; being an advocate for palliative and supportive care research; contributing to the field’s growth and direction; and mentorship of faculty in palliative care research. For more information on the award, click here.

Fast Facts Comes to CAPC

As of January 2015, CAPC will host Fast Facts which provide concise, practical, peer-reviewed, and evidence-based summaries on key topics important to palliative care clinicians and trainees, as well as all frontline clinicians, caring for patients facing serious illness. First developed by EPERC, these easily accessible and clinically relevant monographs are designed to be quick teaching tools for bedside rounds as well as self-study material for trainees and clinicians who work with patients with serious illness.

Two Days Left to Register for the CAPC National Seminar

The deadline to register for the CAPC National Seminar is Friday, October 24. The Seminar will be held November 13-15 in Orlando, Florida.  Offering in-depth content, rich networking opportunities and one-on-one access to expert faculty, attendees will learn from real-world examples of development and sustainability. Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from notable plenary speakers, including Senator William H. Frist, Sister Carol Keehan, DC, RN, MS, Diane E. Meier, MD, Graeme Rocker, MD and David Weissman, MD. For more information and to register, click here.

CAPC Announces Upcoming Training Dates for Palliative Care Leadership Centers™

New dates have been announced for Palliative Care Leadership Centers ™ (PCLC), which provide intensive, operational hands-on training and yearlong mentoring for palliative care programs at every stage of development and growth. Established by CAPC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, PCLC has trained almost half of the nation’s hospital palliative care programs. For programs in their infancy, PCLC training will result in less ramp-up time and a more efficient, cost-effective program. For active programs, the PCLC curriculum will help ensure sustainability and growth. To view the full list of locations and dates, click here.

 

 

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Discover the Many Benefits of CAPC Membership

CAPC wants to continue to support your efforts as a collaborative partner. As of 2015, CAPC member institutions will have unlimited access to CAPC tools, training and hands-on technical assistance to help you successfully implement palliative care principles and practices throughout your organization.

We hope you will join us. If you become a member organization in 2014, you will save for two years. Membership is geared to both established palliative care programs and start-ups, as well as all frontline clinicians. Click here for more information and a full list of membership benefits. To learn more about the benefits of membership, please call 212-201-2674.

CAPC National Seminar Registration Deadline Extended to October 24

The deadline to register for the CAPC National Seminar has been extended to Friday, October 24. The seminar will be held November 13-15 in Orlando, Florida.  Offering in-depth content, rich networking opportunities and one-on-one access to expert faculty, attendees will learn from real-world examples of development and sustainability.

Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from notable plenary speakers, including Senator William H. Frist, Sister Carol Keehan, DC, RN, MS, Diane E. Meier, MD, Graeme Rocker, MD and David Weissman, MD. For more information and to register, click here.

Take Advantage of the Payer-Provider Palliative Care Toolkit: A reference guide for organizations leading the financing of health care

Thousands have already downloaded this free reference guide and toolkit intended for organizations leading the financing of health care (including commercial insurers, self-funded employers and federal and state government agencies) – and for providers working in shared-risk arrangements. The Toolkit, published by CAPC in collaboration with the California HealthCare Foundation and the National Business Group on Health, defines palliative care and demonstrates its importance to improving value in health care; identifies opportunities to integrate palliative care into payer programs and products; highlights case examples from industry leaders demonstrating what payers are already doing to advance palliative care initiatives; provides tools, check lists and action plans to get you started; and much more. Download the toolkit today!

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Members of NCHPC Respond to Recent Hospice Media Coverage

The National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care (NCHPC) has released a statement in response to recent “unbalanced and sensationalized” media reports seemingly aimed at discrediting hospices and the care they provide.  To read the statement, click here.

The Coalition includes CAPC, the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care, the Association of Professional Chaplains, the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, the National Palliative Care Research Center, and the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network. Media coverage of hospice grew this week as President Obama signed legislation into law that will increase the frequency of surveys (to be distributed to hospice providers at least once every three years) as part of the larger goal of “streamlining quality measures” for post-acute providers.

Deadline Approaching to Register for the CAPC National Seminar

The deadline to register for the CAPC National Seminar is October 13. The seminar will be held November 13-15 in Orlando, Florida.  Offering in-depth content, rich networking opportunities and one-on-one access to expert faculty, attendees will learn from real-world examples of development and sustainability. Participants will also have the opportunity to hear from notable plenary speakers, including Senator William H. Frist, Sister Carol Keehan, DC, RN, MS, Diane E. Meier, MD, Graeme Rocker, MD and David Weissman, MD. For more information and to register, click here.

Upcoming CAPC Web Conference to Focus on Leveraging New IOM Report

On Tuesday, October 28, Dr. Diane Meier will discuss the Institute of Medicine’s latest report in depth as well as ask participants to weigh in on how best to leverage its recommendations. The report – released on September 17, 2014 – focuses extensively on people with serious and chronic illness of indeterminate prognoses and why the current health care system has largely failed to meet their needs. Dr. Meier was a member of the panel responsible for the report. She recently released a message to the field on its significance and what it means for the future of palliative care.   To register for this free web conference, click here.  For more information, contact CAPC at 212-201-2670.

Whose Costs Are Saved When Palliative Care Saves Costs?

In Health Affairs, J Brian Cassel, PhD, Assistant Professor in the division of Hematology/Oncology and Palliative Care at Virginia Commonwealth University, discussed how palliative care can lead to cost savings and who actually benefits from those savings within the “hyper-fragmented health system of the US.”

“Palliative care can make enormous contributions to health care value because by improving patient- and family-centered outcomes, it leads directly to reduced costs, for both payers and providers,” said Dr. Cassel. The factors that dictate who benefits from these savings, according to Dr. Cassel, are payer mix, the form and timing of the palliative care provided, and the specific reimbursement structure for hospitalizations. To read the full article, click here.

The Health Affairs series on palliative care, health policy, and health reform features essays adapted from and drawing on the newly released book, Meeting the Needs of Older Adults with Serious Illness: Challenges and Opportunities in the Age of Health Care Reform, in which clinicians, researchers and policy leaders address 16 key areas where real-world policy options to improve access to quality palliative care could have a substantial role in improving value.

CAPC Membership Organizations Save by Joining in 2014

If you become a CAPC membership organization in 2014, you will save on membership fees for two years. CAPC is expanding. As a member you will be able to take advantage of all of CAPC’s many benefits. Click here to learn more, or call 212-201-2674.

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Book Release: Meeting the Needs of Older Adults with Serious Illness  

In their new book, Meeting the Needs of Older Adults with Serious Illness: Challenges and Opportunities in the Age of Health Care Reform, Dr. Diane Meier and Dr. Amy Kelley map out how the principles of palliative care can effectively address many of the key challenges currently facing the U.S. healthcare system. This comprehensive book provides an introduction to the principles of palliative care, describes current models of delivering palliative care across care settings, and examines opportunities in the setting of healthcare policy reform for palliative care to improve outcomes for patients, families and healthcare institutions. For more information and to purchase the book today, click here.

Upcoming CAPC Web Conference to Focus on Leveraging New IOM Report

On Tuesday, October 28, Dr. Diane Meier will be hosting an interactive web conference that will discuss the Institute of Medicine’s latest report in depth as well as ask participants to weigh in on how best to leverage its recommendations. The report – released on September 17, 2014 – focuses extensively on people with serious and chronic illness of indeterminate prognoses, and why the current health care system has largely failed to meet their needs. Last week, Dr. Meier released a message to the field on the significance of the report and what it means for the future of palliative care. To register for this free web conference, click here.  For more information, contact CAPC at 212-201-2670.

Building a Stronger Bridge to Better Care for People Living with Serious Illnesses

CAPC is continuing to expand its public awareness campaign to increase understanding of palliative care. As part of these efforts, CAPC has launched new multimedia tools on its consumer website, GetPallliativeCare.org, as well as the new Get Palliative Care YouTube channel. CAPC is also working with other health and medical organizations to bring awareness to people diagnosed with serious illnesses through collaborative communications.

Resources include a unique educational video animation – among the first of its kind on this subject – and a series of stories from people who have been helped by palliative care. Also included is the rollout of a series of informative icons geared towards educating the public of this growing medical specialty.

New York Times: Profits Place Treatment Over Humane Care for Elderly

Joan Teno, Associate Director of the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research at the Brown University School of Public Health, says that due to financial incentives, the need for older adults to receive proper care for their serious illnesses is being neglected. In a recent New York Times Opinion piece, Teno points to the fact that despite advances in patient-centered specialties such as palliative care, intensive care admissions have increased. She says the cause of this is the medical field not realizing the evolving needs of its older patients.

“Medicare, for instance, will cover a day in the intensive care unit, but will not pay for physicians to take the time to speak with people about treatment options, likely outcomes and goals of their care,” says Teno. To read the full story, click here.

Video Interview: Setting the Record Straight on Palliative Care

Arthur L. Caplan, PhD of the Division of Medical Ethics at the New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center recently sat down with Dr. Diane Meier to discuss what palliative care is, how and when it should be implemented and how its increased growth affects the medical field as a whole.

“I worry about driving demand that can’t be fulfilled, because the capacity in the field is not large enough,” says Dr. Meier in the video which is part of the series called “Close-Up” where Dr. Caplan talks with leaders in healthcare and medicine about ethical social policy questions that are current in the field. To watch the interview or to read a transcript, click here.

 

 

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