CAPC News Bites, December 16, 2016

Here’s what you need to know this week

Primary Palliative Care for Every Nurse Practitioner

Primary palliative care skills include thorough and effective symptom assessment and management, initiating and guiding conversations around advance care planning, and completing medical directives that guide care with serious illness. In an article published recently by Medscape, multiple online resources were identified to provide easy access to learning opportunities and reference material to build these skills. The report is intended to serve as an introduction to the useful tools that can assist with symptom management in primary palliative care. Topics addressed include symptom management, discussing code status, transitioning to hospice care, advance care planning, billing, referrals. Click here to read the full report.

Palliative Care and Universal Health Coverage

This week, the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance released a short typographical film about palliative care and Universal Health Coverage. The heartfelt and impactful video describes the positive impact palliative care has on patients facing serious illnesses. The video also puts a spotlight on the millions of people who could benefit from this type of care around the world who currently aren’t able to access it. Click here to watch the video.

Take a Test Drive of CAPC’s Online Curriculum

CAPC’s curriculum covers all essential pathways to clinical, operational and leadership success in palliative care. It is designed to standardize best practice and ensure the highest level of core knowledge and skill. Courses are case-based, interactive and provide free CME/CEU credits to members for social work, nursing, medicine, case management and counseling. Those who take these courses are eligible to receive CAPC Designation in Pain Management, Symptom Management and Communication Skills. Click the topics below to get started.

An In-Depth Look at Palliative Care and its Services

Delivering Serious News

Converting from Short-Acting to Long-Acting Opioids

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