CAPC News Bites, September 2015

What you need to know this month:

CAPC Announces Four New Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ (PCLC)

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) announced today the creation of four new Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ (PCLC) – JourneyCare, North Shore LIJ Health System, Presbyterian Healthcare Services and the Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia. The four new PCLCs will focus on palliative care in specific community settings, including the home, long term care and office settings. The initiative leads the national effort to address the growing demand from health care providers for assistance in providing palliative care in community settings. The goal is to more effectively manage the care of serious illness.

The new PCLCs join the seven current centers from diverse settings, including Akron Children’s Hospital, Fairview Health System, Mount Carmel Health System, Palliative Care Center of the Bluegrass, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of California, San Francisco and VCU Massey Cancer Center.

Click here to learn more about the PCLC initiative.

Harvard Business Review: Measuring Quality of Care for the Sickest Patients

CAPC Director Diane E. Meier, MD explores the challenges and importance of ensuring high quality care for the sickest patients in the age of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Meier underscores the need to continue to focus on what matters most to patients and their families, rather than cost-effectiveness.

“My concern has to do with the profile of the patients I serve. Health care spending is highly concentrated, as it should be, on the people who are most ill and have the most-complex needs. In fact, the sickest 5% of us drive half of all health spending. Anyone running a health care system and trying to deliver value in the era of the ACA should obviously focus on these patients. But it is the nature of that focus that makes all the difference. The problem is not that caring for very sick patients costs more than caring for healthy people (of course it does!); it’s that how we spend that money typically ignores the top priorities of the very ill and their families.”

There is a way to ensure the needs of seriously ill patients and families are met, and Meier succinctly sums it up: “To appreciate those priorities requires an understanding of my medical specialty: palliative care.” Click here to read the full story.

Global Palliative Care Quality Alliance’s Inaugural ‘Quality Matters Conference’

On Thursday, October 15, 2015, the Global Palliative Care Quality Alliance will host the Quality Matters Conference, the first national virtual conference dedicated to the advancement of quality within palliative care. Registration is free, and complimentary CME/CNE credit will be offered for those who quality. All palliative care professionals are invited to join.

Topics to be addressed include:

  • A National Perspective of Palliative Care
  • Precise and Accurate Billing
  • Payment Reform and Quality within Palliative Care
  • The Role of Leaders in Improving Quality of Care
  • And many more

For more information or to register, click here.

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