Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS CAPC?
The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) provides health care professionals with the tools, training and technical assistance necessary to increase access to quality palliative care services in hospitals and other health care settings. It influences the provision and availability of palliative care through:
- Development and dissemination of tools and technical assistance
- Increasing consumer demand
- Policy efforts that catalyze supportive payment policy; strengthen the workforce and assure regulatory and accreditation incentives aimed at increasing access to quality palliative care for all Americans.
CAPC is a national organization located at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
WHAT IS CAPC’S MISSION?
To improve care for all seriously ill patients, and their families, by increasing access to quality palliative care services in our nation’s hospitals and other health care settings.
HOW IS CAPC FUNDED?
CAPC is supported by a consortium of funders including Archstone Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Brookdale Foundation, The Donaghue Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Mill Park Foundation, The Olive Branch Fund, the Partnership for Palliative Care, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and The Y.C. Ho/Helen and Michael Chiang Foundation.
WHO IS THE CAPC CONSTITUENCY?
CAPC’s constituency is highly interdisciplinary and represents an array of professionals and institutions. Thousands of health care providers, from an array of specialties, regularly use its publications, web-based resources, attend training seminars and participate in audio conferences. Constituents include those from teaching hospitals, community, faith-based, specialty, or VA hospitals, hospices and managed care organizations, nursing homes and home health agencies and much more. The diverse audiences that CAPC serves include:
- Social workers
- Health care researchers
- Patients and their families
HOW DOES CAPC INFLUENCE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL?
CAPC’s resources on implementing best practices and actionable tools increase the quality of care provided to the seriously ill and influence the knowledge and skills of learners and established health professionals.
CAPC is the leading source of practical expertise and assistance for advocates working to ensure access to palliative care.
HOW IS CAPC MAINTAINING MOMENTUM IN THE FIELD?
CAPC maintains momentum in the field in a wide variety of ways by providing robust tools, resources and in-person and web-based training and technical assistance. CAPC’s capacity to help operationalize palliative care services is enhanced by the CAPC’s Palliative Care Leadership Centers (PCLC).
Through the PCLCs, CAPC enables interdisciplinary teams from health care settings nationwide to learn and be mentored by expert peer institutions.
Attendee teams study palliative care in practice and learn through long-term mentoring how to institutionalize palliative care in their own institutions.
Experience working on or with a palliative care service not only effectively educates health professionals across the country, but also contributes to the social and culture-change movement needed to fundamentally improve our health care system.
HOW HAS CAPC AFFECTED THE GROWTH OF PALLIATIVE CARE?
The demand for the training and support CAPC provides has never been higher. Over the last ten years palliative care has been one of the fastest growing trends in health care. In fact, the number of palliative care teams within hospitals has increased approximately 138%, from more 600 in 2000 to more than 1500 in 2009.
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF THE CAPC MODEL?
CAPC provides a rigorous and robust model for palliative care implementation that covers all aspects of operationalizing palliative care services. The benefits of the CAPC model include rapid scale-up, expertise, sustainability and growth.
- Making the case
- Defining optimal delivery models
- Expanding services to the ICU, ED, Outpatient setting and across the continuum
- Financing and estimating patient volume and revenues
- Data collection and measurement
- Marketing and education targeted to a variety of important audiences
- And much more