The Palliative Pulse, February 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

The Palliative Pulse, January 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 … read more

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 … read more

The Palliative Pulse, December 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 … read more

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 … read more

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 … read more

The Palliative Pulse, November 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 … read more

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 … read more

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 … read more

The Palliative Pulse, October 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 … read more

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 … read more

CAPC has released the second episode of Season 2 of its groundbreaking podcast series “A Quality Life” aimed at helping patients and their families understand the value of palliative care. The … read more

The Palliative Pulse, September 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 … read more

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 ™, … read more

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 … read more

The Palliative Pulse, August 2016 

When the CAPC National Seminar rolls into the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida, this October 26-29, attendees will have a front row seat to comprehensive training in all aspects of … read more

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 … read more

To help patients and their families understand the value of palliative care, CAPC has launched Season 2 of its groundbreaking new podcast series “A Quality Life.” The series features real-life … read more

The Palliative Pulse, July 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

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

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. … read more

The Palliative Pulse, June 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 … read more

Save the date for the 2016 CAPC National Seminar. read more

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 … read more

The Palliative Pulse, May 2016 

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

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

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 … read more

The Palliative Pulse, April 2016 

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

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

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

The Palliative Pulse, March 2016 

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

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, … read more

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 … read more

The Palliative Pulse, February 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 … read more

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

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, … read more

The Palliative Pulse, January 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 … read more

Palliative Care Teams’ Cost-Saving Effect Is Larger For Cancer Patients With Higher Numbers Of Comorbidities A new study published in Health Affairs found that palliative care reduces hospital … read more

CAPC has released the tenth episode of its groundbreaking new podcast series “A Quality Life,” featuring real-life stories from the perspectives of seriously-ill patients who are benefiting from … read more

The Palliative Pulse, December 2015 

CAPC has released the ninth episode of its groundbreaking new podcast series “A Quality Life,” featuring real-life stories from the perspectives of seriously-ill patients who are benefiting from … read more

Diane Meier, MD Quoted in Oncology Times on the Medicare Care Choices Model A recent article in Oncology Times discussed the the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) launch of the … read more

2015 was a remarkable year for CAPC. Starting with the switch to a membership model, many new accomplishments followed. A few highlights of this year include the launch of a patient podcast … read more

The Palliative Pulse, November 2015 

CAPC has released the eighth episode of its groundbreaking new podcast series “A Quality Life,” featuring real-life stories from the perspectives of seriously-ill patients who are benefiting from … read more

Diane Meier Quoted in New York Times: Impact of CMS Ruling on Clinician Training In a New York Times Health piece, Paula Span discusses the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services … read more

From November 12-14, over 1,000 palliative care professionals gathered in San Antonio, Texas for the 2015 CAPC National Seminar. This year’s theme was “Palliative Care Everywhere: Bridging the … read more

The Palliative Pulse, October 2015 

CAPC has released the seventh episode of its groundbreaking new podcast series “A Quality Life,” featuring real-life stories from the perspectives of seriously-ill patients who are benefiting … read more

How to Get What We Need at the End of Life CAPC Director Diane E. Meier wrote at the Boston Globe about the importance of prioritizing and then enacting the wants and needs of seriously ill … read more

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 … read more

The Palliative Pulse, September 2015 

CAPC has released the sixth episode of its groundbreaking new podcast series “A Quality Life,” featuring real-life stories from the perspectives of seriously-ill patients who are … read more

CAPC Announces Four New Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ (PCLC) The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) announced the creation of four new Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ (PCLC) – … read more

For palliative care teams, facilitating and maintaining relationships with referring clinicians is a constant area of focus. Consistently receiving appropriate referrals stimulates growth, and … read more

The Palliative Pulse, August 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. … read more

CAPC and NPCRC Plan to Release 2015 Report Card on October 1 The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) will release the 2015 … read more

CAPC has released the fifth episode of its groundbreaking new podcast series A Quality Life featuring real-life stories from the perspectives of seriously-ill patients who are benefiting from … read more

The Palliative Pulse, July 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 … read more

CAPC has released the fourth episode of its groundbreaking new podcast series A Quality Life featuring real-life stories from the perspectives of seriously-ill patients who are benefiting from … read more

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 … read more

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 … read more

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 … read more

August 21 Deadline to Submit Poster Abstracts for the CAPC National Seminar 2015 CAPC is soliciting poster submissions for the CAPC National Seminar 2015 Poster Session. The Poster Session is … read more

The Palliative Pulse, June 2015 

In this exclusive video, CAPC Director Diane E. Meier MD walks you through the many resources, tools and technical training courses available for CAPC members.  This video interactively explores … read more

CAPC has released the third episode of its groundbreaking new podcast series A Quality Life featuring real-life stories from the perspectives of seriously-ill patients who are benefiting from … read more

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 … read more

The Palliative Pulse, May 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 … read more

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 … read more

CAPC has released the second episode of its groundbreaking new podcast series A Quality Life featuring real-life stories from the perspectives of seriously-ill patients who are benefiting from … read more

The Palliative Pulse, April 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 … read more

CAPC has released the first episode of its groundbreaking new podcast series A Quality Life featuring real-life stories from the perspectives of seriously-ill patients who are benefitting from … read more

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 … read more

The Palliative Pulse, March 2015 

CAPC has added new online courses to its robust curriculum designed to provide an integrated approach to palliative care skills for all frontline clinicians. Course units include Pain Management, … read more

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 … read more

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 … read more

The Palliative Pulse, February 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 … read more

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 … read more

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 … read more

The Palliative Pulse, January 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 … read more

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. … read more

In this installment of our My Palliative Care Moment series, Timothy Ihrig, MD, Medical Director of Palliative Care at the Trinity Regional Medical Center within the Unity Point Health System, … read more

The Palliative Pulse, December 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 … read more

CAPC Membership Transition: Beginning on January 15, 2015, CAPC member institutions will have unlimited access to all CAPC tools, training and hands-on technical assistance. At the same time, … read more

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 … read more

The Palliative Pulse, November 2014 

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 … read more

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, … read more

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 … read more

The Palliative Pulse, October 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 … read more

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 … read more

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, … read more

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 … read more

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 … read more

The Palliative Pulse, September 2014 

“Palliative Care? What is that?” When Tasha Schoppee, RN and Palliative Care Coordinator at Baptist Health in Jacksonville, Florida, asked this pivotal question, she didn’t know it would change … read more

Debbie is a hairdresser and business owner who was unable to work due to neuropathy from multiple myeloma. Debbie’s palliative care team put her back in the driver’s seat by considering her … read more

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 … read more

The Palliative Pulse, August 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 … read more

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: … read more

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 … read more

The Palliative Pulse, July 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 … read more

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 … read more

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,” … read more