February 12, 2019

As we celebrate CAPC’s 20th anniversary, we can reflect on the field’s success in expanding access to palliative care nationwide. It has seen rapid growth over those two decades, particularly in hospitals, but increasingly in community-based settings, as well. We also acknowledge that millions of Americans who need palliative care still don’t get it. How […] read more

February 4, 2019

The field of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) faces a critical workforce shortage, despite a growth in accredited fellowship positions. Dr. Laura Dingfield describes how the University of Pennsylvania has created a part-time, competency-based, time-variable fellowship program (in partnership with ACGME and ABIM) to help mid-career physicians with an interest in advanced training, enter … read more

January 29, 2019

In this Program Spotlight, Dr. Carl Robert Grey of Wake Forest Baptist Health, discusses the challenges and opportunities that he faces after joining an existing program, embracing new ideas and innovations, leadership, team culture, work/life balance, and mentorship. read more

January 23, 2019

As we enter CAPC's 20th anniversary year, Dr. Diane E Meier celebrates how very far we’ve come as a field, and challenges everyone to double down on ensuring access to high quality palliative care, everywhere that people need it. read more

January 4, 2019

Happy New Year from the CAPC team! To kick off 2019, we're excited to announce the most read blog posts of 2018. read more

January 2, 2019

As a former academic hospitalist and current Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellow, Dr. Karl Bezak shares insights about how both hospitalist and palliative care teams can work together most effectively to ensure the best patient care. read more

December 27, 2018

As Geriatric Coordinator, Emergency Medicine of Morristown Medical Center, Susan Boyle shares her team's journey of initiating palliative care consults in the emergency department, and its positive impact on patients and families. read more

December 13, 2018

As nurse practitioner of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Rona Johnson shares the systems and processes her team established to encourage advance care planning discussions, and the tools developed to measure these conversations. read more

December 10, 2018

Dr. Diane E. Meier and Larry Beresford discuss the 2018 NASEM Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illnesses, which delved deeply into the challenge of safely managing the pain of people with serious illness in the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. read more

December 6, 2018

In this Program Spotlight, Dr. Wendy L. Knowlton of Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington, discusses her personal experience of burnout, several years out of fellowship. While the circumstances were exhausting, she shares how this experience has helped her throughout her career—including in her current role as a medical director—effectively lead by identifying […] read more

November 29, 2018

Dr. Jay Bhatt of the American Hospital Association (AHA) discusses the importance of incorporating palliative care within the health ecosystem, wherever individuals are within the continuum. read more

November 13, 2018

Read along as Stacie Sinclair, CAPC's Senior Policy Manager and Co-Chair of the NCP Writing Workgroup, reflects on a powerful moment during the development of the National Consensus Project (NCP) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition. read more

November 5, 2018

In this Program Spotlight, Mary Alfano-Torres, MD, Medical Director of Chapters Health in Florida, discusses her program’s significant growth, which took a lot of time and patience. The growth—from 35-50 to 150 patients per month—included gathering specific data for each stakeholder, relationship building, implementation of screening tools, and more. Listen along as Dr. Alfano-Torres … read more

October 22, 2018

In this blog post, CAPC's pediatric program manager shares insights and advice from hospital leaders across the nation regarding the need for pediatric palliative care, and how to make the case. The consensus: pediatric palliative care is a 'must-have'. read more

October 8, 2018

Dr. Edward Machtinger, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Women's HIV Program at UCSF, shares insight from his work in trauma-informed care, which can incorporated across disciplines and specialties. In this interview, we learn about the impact of one’s emotional, psychological, and social history, and how trauma underlies and perpetuates many serious illnesses. read more

October 4, 2018

President and CEO of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) Edo Banach and Diane Meier discuss the value of partnerships for ensuring access and quality, preparing for value-based payment, and the importance of evolving as leaders in order to transform the health care system. read more

October 1, 2018

Listen to Drs. Meier and Mittleman discuss what it would take to provide better care for dementia patients, and understanding the psychosocial options for treatment—for both the person with dementia, and his/her family. read more

September 19, 2018

In this blog post, CAPC interviews three recipients of the Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Scholar Leadership Program, to discuss their experience in the program and development as leaders. read more

September 6, 2018

Senior vice president and CMO of the American Hospital Association (AHA), Dr. Jay Bhatt discusses the role of health care as we prepare for the transformation to value, as well as the importance of integrating palliative care services across all hospitals in the United States. read more

August 20, 2018

In this blog post, Catalyst for Payment Reform and CAPC educate employers (as well as other private and public health care purchasers) about how ensuring access to palliative care provides an opportunity for better value, financially. read more

August 16, 2018

Chief nursing officer of Press Ganey Associates, and author of The Antidote to Suffering: How Compassionate Connected Care Can Improve Safety, Quality, and Experience, Christy Dempsey discusses the importance of patient experience. read more

August 10, 2018

Inge DiPasquale, RN of St. Joseph's Health, discusses the importance of building relationships in order to increase consults, and grow a palliative care team. read more

August 2, 2018

Author of the best seller, An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back, Elisabeth Rosenthal, MD, sheds light on the health care system as we know it today. read more

July 30, 2018

Julie Lehn, PharmD, of Banner University Medical Center, discusses the value of adding a pharmacist to the palliative care team, from the additional clinical perspective to improved patient care. read more

July 20, 2018

Lauran Hardin was once a palliative care program manager. After a call from her manager, her desirable palliative care skills were called upon for a complex care case, which changed the course of her career. read more

June 29, 2018

The palliative care field in the Philadelphia area was once very silo'd. With the creation of the Delaware Valley Palliative Care Collaborative (DVPCC), palliative care providers from different health systems now work together to bridge professional isolation and improve continuity across settings. read more

June 21, 2018

To ensure that the seriously ill have access to quality palliative care services in community settings, we’ve created the CAPC Payment Accelerator to support programs with the information and tools needed to secure sustainable financing. read more

June 13, 2018

Teresa Harvey of Transitions LifeCare in Raleigh, NC, discusses her program’s recent success of growing from 300 to 800 consults, including the steps and growing pains that came with it. read more

June 4, 2018

With recent policy changes, Medicare Advantage is moving into new territory in its ability to customize care for the needs of patients with serious illness. Learn about these changes, as well as considerations for palliative care programs. read more

May 18, 2018

Palliative care skills are essential for clinicians working with people with end stage kidney disease, but training for nephrology fellows is lacking within kidney supportive care. read more

May 4, 2018

Additional highlights from CAPC’s home-based palliative care interview series, focusing on the following elements of program design: demonstrating value, addressing financial health, and attaining sustainability. read more

May 4, 2018

Highlights from CAPC’s home-based palliative care interview series with a special focus on program design: patients served, services, and the interdisciplinary team. read more

April 23, 2018

Providing palliative care to Medicaid beneficiaries requires innovative program design strategies. See how providers, payers, and policy leaders in California are adopting these strategies. read more

April 12, 2018

Tips for how to get your palliative care program off the chopping block when your organization is thinking conservatively and looking to cut costs. read more

March 30, 2018

Dr. Parag Bharadwaj, Chief of Palliative Care Medicine at Sentara Health in Norfolk, VA, discusses his approach to recruiting, training, and retaining palliative care staff. read more

March 22, 2018

Twenty hospice providers discuss challenges to community-based palliative care program implementation and offer tips and solutions for overcoming them. read more

March 20, 2018

Dr. Greg Kimura discusses how his program helps patients throughout the continuum of care and addresses the importance of patient satisfaction and ongoing physician training. read more

March 20, 2018

Dr. Abi Katz shares the ways her palliative care programs use data to find the right consults, staff properly, and demonstrate their value. read more

March 8, 2018

Palliative Care Program Manager, Stefanie Nemec, uses national data to show that her team is providing high-quality palliative care and seeing more patients than the average team. See how those data led to growth in her program’s staff. read more

February 22, 2018

Four Seasons Compassion for Life's Project ECHO to Expand Palliative Care in the Carolinas is a disruptive innovation to expand palliative care. read more

February 8, 2018

In order to reach patients further upstream in their disease trajectory, Partners In Care embedded RN-led palliative care clinics in primary care practices. read more

February 2, 2018

Dr. Alexander Gamble shares his experience with building and growing a palliative care team at a rural community hospital. read more

January 26, 2018

CAPC talks about pediatric palliative care with Peggy Maguire from the Cambia Health Foundation and Kathy Perko from the Bridges Palliative Care Program at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital read more

January 19, 2018

Five strategies for managing inpatient palliative care consult demand with a limited workforce. read more

January 17, 2018

Dr. Kristin Edwards, Medical Director of Palliative Care at Bridgeport Hospital, shares her successes in attracting the right referrals without overextending her staff. read more

January 11, 2018

Highlights from the 2017 CAPC National Seminar Poster Session featuring the innovative work of the participating palliative care programs (Part Two). read more

January 11, 2018

Highlights from the 2017 CAPC National Seminar Poster Session featuring the innovative work of the participating palliative care programs. read more

December 13, 2017

In this podcast, Dr. Ira Byock and Dr. Kevin Murphy discuss several key topics such as making the business case for palliative care, the importance of educating all clinicians in palliative care skills, and creating a health system culture that stays true to its core values. read more

December 7, 2017

There is no better time than now to become involved and participate in state palliative care coalitions or associations. Stacie Sinclair, Senior Policy Manager at CAPC, shares the benefits of involvement, tips for getting started, and resources available that can provide a foundation to anyone looking to take initiative. read more

November 29, 2017

As critical system enhancements, training programs, and policy efforts spread, we need to amplify and refine them by drawing upon the experience of frontline clinicians participating in primary palliative care work. read more

November 22, 2017

Lori Yosick, Director for Community Palliative Care at Trinity Health, shares tips for starting, growing, and sustaining an outpatient palliative care program. read more

November 17, 2017

Dr. Nathan Goldstein's review of the Rogers et al study, "Palliative Care in Heart Failure: The PAL-HF Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial", which shows that, for patients with advanced heart failure, palliative care has a clear benefit in terms of quality of life, anxiety, depression, and spiritual well-being. read more

October 20, 2017

Mary Alfano-Torres, MD, tells us about her experiences at Florida Hospital Tampa as Hurricane Irma made landfall, and how her team's palliative practices played a vital role during the storm. read more

October 5, 2017

This post from Tena Alonzo of the Beatitudes Campus tells the story of Gail's Journey after arriving at the campus, and why the staff recognizes Gail as one of their greatest teachers. read more

September 29, 2017

In this post from The Palliative Pulse, Betty Ferrell, PhD defines the goals of the new NCP Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care in all settings, and stresses the growing need of palliative care for those with serious illness. read more

September 25, 2017

In this episode of the Palliative Care Program Spotlight, we’re talking about the challenges of growing and sustaining a palliative care program in the community setting with Nancy Jackson — Director of Community Development for Home Hospice of Grayson County in Sherman, TX. read more

September 6, 2017

Susan Block, MD, talks about the system enhancements and training needed in order to close the gap in access to palliative care for those with serious illness. read more

August 22, 2017

Mapping Community Palliative Care is working to bring the field of palliative care one step closer to a comprehensive national profile of palliative care services across care settings. read more

August 17, 2017

A common issue palliative care programs face is finding the time to collect and leverage data. In this episode, Christine Swift discusses how data has helped her palliative care team reach new heights and plan for the future. read more

August 2, 2017

Saskia Siderow, MPH, and Allison Silvers, MBA, share the results of their investigation of palliative care as the path to high-value care, and efforts to instill core palliative care skills at leading cancer institutions. read more

July 19, 2017

In Part 2 of our interview with Dr. Kim Curseen, we discuss ways to overcome various types of biases, and the methods she employs in order to reduce the harmful consequences of unconscious bias for patients and families. read more

July 13, 2017

In this post, Maggie Rogers, MPH, and Rebecca Kirch, JD, provide key findings on 52 hospital-based pediatric palliative care programs that participated in the National Palliative Care Registry™ in 2015/2016. read more

July 7, 2017

Dr. Paul DeSandre joins us in this Program Spotlight, and discusses the challenges of rebuilding a failing palliative care team. read more

June 26, 2017

CAPC's Stacie Sinclair provides a refresher on PCHETA and its key provisions: workforce, public awareness, and research. read more

June 20, 2017

Implicit bias leads to unequal and differential treatment of patients by race, gender, age, language, and other areas. CAPC sits down with Kimberly Curseen, M.D., as she shares her thoughts and personal experiences with us in part 1 of a 2-part discussion on implicit bias. read more

June 13, 2017

Ann Wyatt shares how CaringKind has worked to apply palliative care practices for people with dementia living in residential settings. This focus on comfort helps families take a proactive role in finding ways to provide active comfort for a person with dementia. Families and staff working together results in better communication and leads to a more positive experience overall. read more

May 30, 2017

To be effective palliative care champions, clinicians and other stakeholders must understand how palliative care fits into the priorities of policymakers and influential organizations. The NAM Vital Directions Initiative is an excellent synthesis of what the most pressing issues facing our health care system today. read more

May 23, 2017

Graeme Rocker and Jennifer Y. Verma discuss the implementation of the INSPIRED COPD Outreach Program™ and how it addresses unmet needs, resulting in better care, health and value for patients and families. read more

May 19, 2017

Allison Silvers of CAPC interviews Torrie Fields, Senior Program Manager at Blue Shield of California, about payer-provider partnerships and health plan palliative care innovation. read more

May 11, 2017

Lori Bishop, Chief AIM Executive, explains how leveraging the EHR for palliative care consults can enhance team communication, improve documentation efficiency, assess treatment efficacy, and allow for ease of data extraction for process and outcome measures. read more

May 8, 2017

In this interview, Kate O'Malley speaks with us about some of the lessons she took away from her time at CHCF, and shares suggestions on activities for states interested in expanding access to palliative care, including highlights from some of her favorite projects. read more

April 17, 2017

By building trust and collaborative relationships in caring for patients and families together, we can and will continue to overcome barriers to palliative care integration in bone marrow transplantation. read more

April 5, 2017

Palliative care involves the team approach to care in physical (such as symptoms), emotional, social (family and practical aspects,) and spiritual (sense of meaning and value and purpose) domains. The evolution of palliative care research needs to include all of these domains. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the methods of investigation would differ. read more

March 27, 2017

This year, for the first time, the National Palliative Care Registry™ released a special publication, How We Work: Trends and Insights in Hospital Palliative Care, overviewing the current landscape of hospital-based palliative care in the United States. Here are some practical ideas of how you can put How We Work to good use for your palliative care program. read more

March 21, 2017

If passed into law today, what would the bills mean for people with serious illness? read more

March 7, 2017

As US health care delivery continues its movement into the community, palliative care must be widely available and easily accessible there too. Currently, there is a tremendous gap in availability outside the hospital and the hospice settings – and that’s due to the lack of consistent and reliable payment for community-based palliative care. read more

March 4, 2017

“We created a culture where if someone is struggling with a case … that people are very transparent about it … they are perceived as open and honest about how difficult this work can be.” One of the hurdles in building out one’s hospital-based palliative care team is the hiring, training, and retaining of an […] read more

February 17, 2017

The installment of a New Administration presents a crucial opportunity to educate a brand-new audience on the challenges of living with serious illness and the barriers in caring for these patients and their families/caregivers. read more

January 31, 2017

In this episode, Amy Frieman, MD, of Meridian Health in Hackensack, NJ, discusses taking the first steps towards understanding the opportunities and challenges that she encountered during needs assessment of her team’s transition. She leads us through the creation of her program, and stresses why it is so important to take the time to understand your local environment and truly know your … read more

January 5, 2017

As is true with any change of Administration, this is a time of uncertainty, and so it’s worth evaluating the likely future of the palliative care field—as we continue to try to improve the care received by people with serious illnesses. Bottom line: we think the foundations of our field and the reasons for our work are not only unchanged, but heightened, as a result of the 2016 Presidential … read more

December 21, 2016

This year’s CAPC Seminar focused on “Practical Tools for Making Change.” Accordingly, the more than one hundred selected posters were examples of programs that have found inspiring and original ways to achieve an objective, whether that objective was to reduce ED visits through home-based palliative care, integrate spiritual care at a cancer center, use telehealth to reach distant patients, … read more

December 21, 2016

This month, the Palliative Care Program Spotlight Series features an engaging chat with Sandhya Rao, MD, as she discusses the challenges and successes she experienced while building and marketing her program. read more

December 21, 2016

Based on the success of the hospital PCLC program, CAPC is launching PCLC 2.0, adding community settings such as home care, nursing homes, and office settings, to the PCLC curriculum. Demand for palliative care delivery in community settings is far outpacing the field’s capacity to respond, a gap that requires urgent attention. read more

November 29, 2016

In this post CAPC interviews Dana Lustbader, MD, Chair of the Department of Palliative Care at ProHEALTH Care Associates in New Hyde Park, NY.  Dr. Lustbader is a member of CAPC’s Home-Based Palliative Care Workgroup, an interdisciplinary committee of advisors producing technical assistance for home-based palliative care programs. ProHEALTH Care Support is the home-based palliative […] read more

November 29, 2016

The Palliative Care Program Spotlight Series travels to Atlanta, Georgia, to hear about the Emory Palliative Care Center at Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital and how they successfully rebuilt a palliative care program that was struggling to find its footing. In this episode, we sit down with Sherika Newman, DO, who joined the team as Director […] read more

November 29, 2016

One of the most basic principles of a successful social movement is the use of language and messaging that signals consistency, reliability, and clarity. Think about how our field uses language to describe care for people with serious illness: some call it palliative care or palliative medicine, others supportive care, advanced illness management, care for […] read more

October 24, 2016

For this post, CAPC interviews Bob Parker, DNP, CENP, CHPN, Corporate Director of Palliative Care at Interim Healthcare. CarePoint is one of three home-based divisions of Falcon Healthcare, a franchise of Interim Healthcare located in Texas and New Mexico. CarePoint covers five Texas locations: Waco, Temple, San Antonio, Lubbock, and Amarillo. Expansion sites are scheduled […] read more

October 24, 2016

A few years ago, I was trying to do and be everything at once. I was a clinician with a primary care geriatrics practice; an in-patient palliative care consultation attending physician; a researcher on the impact of hospital palliative care; the leader of an academic medical school-based palliative care program; a teacher of fellows, residents […] read more

September 30, 2016

Post written by Diane E. Meier, MD, Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care Thanks to modern medicine, we are living a lot longer with chronic illnesses. Most of us will eventually need help from another person, often for many years, just to get through the day. Today, family caregivers provide about 80 percent of care needed […] read more

September 30, 2016

Post written by Tamara Dumanovsky, PhD, VP, Research & Analytics, and Maggie Rogers, MPH, Senior Research Associate; Center to Advance Palliative Care The National Palliative Care Registry ™, established in 2008, is a joint project of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC). With the expansion of […] read more

September 30, 2016

The Palliative Care Program Spotlight Series travels to Flagstaff, Arizona for a story of strategies for handling rising demand for services and rapid program growth. In this episode, we chat with two members of Flagstaff Medical Center’s palliative care team—medical director Emmalee Kennedy as well as palliative care nurse and clinical coordinator Donna Clark, who […] read more

August 26, 2016

Addressing the Need If you have ever considered starting a palliative care program in the community, you are already keenly aware of the need. Studies show that people facing serious illness prefer to be in their own environment. Palliative care in the community setting—defined as care outside of the hospital—focuses on providing palliative care through established delivery […] read more

July 29, 2016

Post written by Allison Silvers, MBA, Director of Payer/Provider Partnerships and Saskia Siderow, Summer Associate, Payer-Provider Partnerships, Center to Advance Palliative Care read more

July 29, 2016

Post written by Brynn Bowman, Director of Education, Center to Advance Palliative Care read more

July 29, 2016

Our palliative care program spotlight series continues with a fascinating chat with John Mulder, MD, FAAHPM, CHMD, the Medical Director of Trillium Institute and Holland Home Palliative Care. Holland Home began its clinical services in 2007 with home based and skilled nursing facility consultations, added hospital consult services in 2008, and outpatient clinics in 2011. […] read more

June 29, 2016

To the CAPC Community: On January 15, 2015, CAPC launched an online palliative care curriculum. Our goal was two-fold – to support thousands of teams across the country to launch and grow high-quality palliative care programs, and to train all clinicians in the core palliative care clinical skills so badly needed by our sickest and […] read more

June 29, 2016

In this episode of the palliative care program spotlight series, we speak with Katie Perkins of Sincera Supportive Care and Symptom Relief—a palliative care program owned and operated by Hospice of Northwest Ohio. Katie is a wonderful example of a dedicated and cutting edge program director. She’s been with Hospice of Northwest Ohio for almost […] read more

May 31, 2016

Post written by Diane E. Meier, MD, Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care read more

May 31, 2016

Post written by Brynn Bowman, Director of Education, Center to Advance Palliative Care read more

May 31, 2016

The palliative care program spotlight series goes to the stars with a really interesting behind the scenes look at the Motion Picture and Television Fund, operated by UCLA Health. The podcast also addresses utilizing palliative care data.   read more

April 29, 2016

Post written by Diane E. Meier, MD, Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care read more

April 29, 2016

Post written by Tamara Dumanovsky, PhD, VP, Research & Analytics and Maggie Rogers, MPH, Senior Research Associate, Center to Advance Palliative Care read more

April 29, 2016

The palliative care program spotlight series continues with Rab Razzak, Director of Outpatient Palliative Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He discusses team wellness and education. read more

March 25, 2016

Post written by Diane E. Meier, MD, Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care read more

March 25, 2016

In October of 2015, CAPC’s Director Diane E. Meier, MD co-authored an opinion piece in the Annals of Internal Medicine with Arif H. Kamal, MD, MHS, Duke Cancer Institute and Jennifer M. Maguire, MD University of North Carolina School of Medicine. The piece, “Evolving the Palliative Care Workforce to Provide Responsive, Serious Illness Care” highlighted […] read more

March 25, 2016

In our Program Spotlight series we shine a light on the successes and challenges faced by palliative care programs of different sizes, scope and settings. Each episode features an in-depth conversation with a program leader on a wide variety of topics such as overcoming obstacles, managing growth, avoiding staff burnout, getting institutional buy-in, working with referring […] read more

February 29, 2016

The importance of safe and effective pain management is an increasingly pressing issue for all frontline clinicians. A recent New England Journal of Medicine Perspective article, “Opioid Prescribing for Chronic Pain — Achieving the Right Balance through Education” calls for a change in prescriber education on the management of chronic pain and describes how appropriate […] read more

February 29, 2016

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) have released the results of the 2014 National Palliative Care Registry™ Survey. read more

February 29, 2016

Welcome to Program Spotlight, where we shine a light on the successes and challenges faced by palliative care programs around the country. The palliative care programs are of different sizes, scope and setting. Each episode features an in-depth conversation with a program leader on a wide variety of topics such as overcoming obstacles, managing growth, avoiding staff […] read more

January 29, 2016

Follow CAPC on our social media channels and receive up-to-the-minute coverage of pertinent palliative care news, issues and advances in the field. Our channels educate, inform and engage with those involved in the palliative care field: specialists, team members, policymakers and the public. We’re on Facebook and Twitter, and just launched a new LinkedIn page. […] read more

October 30, 2015

America’s Care of Serious Illness: 2015 State-by-State Report Card on Access to Palliative Care in Our Nation’s Hospitals, was released on Capitol Hill and in the Journal of Palliative Medicine on October 1, 2015. The report demonstrates that access to palliative care remains highly variable and depends more upon accidents of geography and hospital ownership than it does […] read more

September 25, 2015

For palliative care teams, facilitating and maintaining relationships with referring clinicians is a constant area of focus. Consistently receiving appropriate referrals stimulates growth, and keeps programs thriving. Though the dynamics may vary from institution to institution, palliative care specialists share common obstacles when it comes to building these essential relationships. Most … read more

August 28, 2015

This month, we highlight five new videos that bring important palliative issues to light. You can check out all of our videos and playlists on the CAPC website as well as our YouTube Channel. Let’s get to it! 1) An explanation of how the palliative care chaplain helps patients and families deal with serious illness. […] read more

July 31, 2015

Congress recently introduced funding bills that could destabilize many of the Federal health programs that support palliative care through large funding cuts. As mentioned in a recent issue of CAPC News Bites, both the House and Senate Appropriations committees approved the FY 2016 Labor, Health and Human Services (LHHS) funding bills (H.R. 3020 and S. […] read more

July 31, 2015

Guest post by Amanda Copenhaver Changing culture is a process. Awareness and understanding of palliative care is often limited, yet the benefits are discernible from better quality of life to care more consistent with patient preferences, to more recent data indicating improved survival. My experience with palliative medicine as a first-year medical student has made […] read more

July 31, 2015

On July 22, 2015, over 65 patients, caregivers, social workers, chaplains, nurses, doctors, researchers and other stakeholders descended upon Washington D.C. to participate in the Patient Quality of Life Coalition’s (PQLC) second annual Lobby Day. The goal of the day was to educate legislators and their staff about palliative care and the brand new Palliative […] read more

July 31, 2015

In this edition of our palliative care quote book, Timothy Ihrig, MD, Medical Director of Palliative Care at the Trinity Regional Medical Center within the Unity Point Heath System, discusses his philosophy when managing partnerships in the community setting. This video is part of our ongoing Clinician Corner series which features palliative care specialists of all disciplines offering tips, … read more

June 26, 2015

Over the past two years, we have asked the same question to palliative care specialists across the country: “What made you want to pursue palliative care as a career?” While their answers vary from specialist to specialist, these professionals share a collective belief that caring for the whole person is the future of healthcare. This […] read more

May 29, 2015

By Stacie Sinclair, CAPC Policy Associate  California may be on the cusp of greatly enhancing access to palliative care for its Medicaid beneficiaries. The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), along with several local palliative care champions (notably the Coalition for Compassionate Care of California (CCCC) and the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF)) are several […] read more

May 29, 2015

As the palliative care movement continues to build momentum forward and into new territories, the question that continues to follow “How do we deliver the best care possible to patients with serious illness?” is “When should we do it?” Specialists are telling us that the answer to the “When?” has never been more clear: as […] read more

April 30, 2015

Are patients being asked the right questions when it comes to their pain? The majority of health professionals today have had little to no training in core palliative care competencies such as pain and symptom management or skilled communication with patients and families. In this video, palliative care specialist Lynn Hallarman, MD, tells the story […] read more

April 30, 2015

It’s no secret: palliative care program success rests on an ability to demonstrate results. Across the country, teams are developing plans for measuring and monitoring program impact. The benefits of collecting and reporting on data are multifaceted. Here are a few from palliative care experts. Gaining Institutional Support Maria Gatto, Director of Trinity Health, says […] read more

March 27, 2015

Has this ever happened to you? After successfully leapfrogging the obstacles involved with getting your palliative care program off the ground, you suddenly find yourself with an increased need for your services. While being in demand is a good problem to have, it comes with its own set of hurdles. Questions arise. Questions like: “What […] read more

March 27, 2015

In this installment of our My Palliative Care Moment series, CAPC Member Dr. Rab Razzak, Director of Outpatient Palliative Medicine at Johns Hopkins Medicine, details a pivotal moment early in his career when he realized the important role effective communication plays in palliative care.   read more

February 28, 2015

In this installment of our My Palliative Care Moment series, CAPC Member Lori Yosick, Executive Director at Mount Carmel Hospice and Palliative Care, discusses why she decided to pursue palliative care as a career. read more

February 28, 2015

How effective can social media be for the growth of palliative care? As the field itself continues to build momentum on the global scale, palliative care’s social media presence is mirroring its growth. Looking at the Center to Advance Palliative Care as a microcosm for this development, since 2013, CAPC’s Twitter following has more than doubled. A […] read more

February 28, 2015

When running a palliative care program, common obstacles often arise. Understanding how to effectively budget, staff and build to reach the growing demand for services can be a difference maker in the success of a program. Fortunately, teams no longer have to reinvent the wheel in order to avoid setbacks. Since 2004, Palliative Care Leadership […] read more

January 30, 2015

Since 2008, The National Palliative Care Registry™ has been collecting information from and reporting back to hospital-based palliative care programs. It is the only repository of information about operational features — structures and processes of care of our nation’s palliative care services. The goal of the Registry is to assist hospital palliative care services in tracking […] read more

January 30, 2015

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is now a member-based organization, providing member institutions with unlimited access to a wide range of tools, training and technical assistance. The goal is to support palliative care delivery and quality by training all frontline clinicians and increasing access to palliative care services in and beyond the hospital. “We […] read more

December 1, 2014

As you get ready to count down the last ten seconds of 2014, we recap ten significant palliative care stories that had an impact this year. It has been a strong and memorable year for palliative care as this medical speciality continues to grow and gain global attention. Below are a few examples.  Palliative Care […] read more

December 1, 2014

In this installment of our My Palliative Care Moment series, Cory Ingram, MD MS FAAHPM, Practice Chair of Community Palliative Medicine at Mayo Clinic, discusses why he chose to pursue palliative care as a career. read more

November 1, 2014

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 […] read more

November 1, 2014

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. Other plenary speakers included Sister Carol Keehan, […] read more

October 1, 2014

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 […] read more

October 1, 2014

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 […] read more

October 1, 2014

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, […] read more

September 1, 2014

As part of its ongoing educational efforts to increase the public’s understanding of palliative care, CAPC has released a video animation that defines and explains what palliative care is and how it supports people facing serious illness. The video – among the first of its kind on this subject – compares people facing serious illness […] read more

August 1, 2014

Sharing the inspiring stories of why specialists choose palliative care as a career This month, watch Jay Horton, Director of Palliative Care Consult Service at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital, discuss why he chose palliative care as a career. Do you or your patients have a palliative care moment to share? […] read more

August 1, 2014

The value of CAPC membership is a strong partnership between your organization and CAPC. Among the many benefits of membership, you and your organization will be able to take advantage of: Virtual Office Hours for “just in time,” small-group access to field leaders, whether you’re trying to improve team billing practices or implement palliative care […] read more

August 1, 2014

In the early 1990s, social worker Sue Degnan knew something was missing from the care her Oncology team was delivering. She watched doctors and nurses come and go from hospital rooms without taking the time to truly communicate with their patients and families, especially those facing serious illness, and thought her staff could be doing […] read more

July 1, 2014

Sharing the inspiring stories of why specialists choose palliative care as a career This month’s moment comes from Dr. Stephen Berns, Asst. Professor of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. Watch Dr. Berns tell a personal story of when palliative care could have helped his loved ones […] read more

July 1, 2014

Waving from the saddle of a camel. Jet skiing to the Statue of Liberty. Climbing the Great Wall of China. This is what you’ll find Amy Berman—who was diagnosed with stage IV inflammatory breast cancer in October, 2010—doing these days. Since choosing palliative care and remaining in control of her own medical decisions, Amy says she is […] read more

July 1, 2014

My Journey to and in palliative care has been a series of steps both small and large (and forward and back), u-turns, roads taken and not, sprints, detours and a voice announcing “recalculating,” but through it all has been a sense of being led into this work in the first place and deeper in as […] read more