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CAPC Publications

Improving the Care of Serious Illness Though Innovative Payer-Provider Partnerships: A Palliative Care Toolkit and Resource Guide
CAPC, in collaboration with the California HealthCare Foundation and the National Business Group on Health, has published this reference guide and toolkit for organizations leading the financing of health care (including commercial insurers, self-funded employers and federal and state government agencies) - and for providers working in shared risk arrangements.

The Case for Hospital-Based Palliative Care:
The Case builds a compelling case for hospital palliative care. It details how leading hospitals are starting palliative care programs to deliver the high-quality care that seriously ill patients want while increasing staff, patient and family satisfaction, improving staff retention, and promoting responsible use of hospital resources.

Palliative care in the ICU: relief of pain, dyspnea, and thirst—A report from the IPAL-ICU Advisory Board: This report brings together expertise in both critical care and palliative care to address challenges in assessment and management of pain, dyspnea and thirst.

Improving Palliative Care in Nursing Homes: This report summarizes the need for palliative care services in nursing homes and identifies successful models of palliative care service delivery.

A Guide to Building a Hospital-Based Palliative Care Program: A detailed reference guide presenting concrete steps for creating palliative care programs. It includes customizable worksheets, marketing materials and clinical, management and administrative tools.

Policies and Tools: Crosswalk of NQF Practices

Navigating Palliative Care: Positioning Hospice for the 21st Century: In this guide, NHPCO and the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) have collaborated to document the status of current hospice-based palliative care initiatives and identified the opportunities and barriers hospices face in establishing non-hospice palliative care programs across the country. The guide details the lessons hospice organizations have learned when framing and/or implementing palliative care models.

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Palliative Care:
CAPC participated in the National Consensus Project - a consortium of 5 palliative care organizations - which published evidence-based guidelines for quality palliative care. View a one-page fact sheet on their website.

Crosswalk of JCAHO Standards and Palliative Care - with Policies, Procedures and Assessment Tools:
CAPC provides the Crosswalk of JCAHO Standards and Palliative Care to help hospitals with the policy and administrative foundation for delivering palliative care services that are consistent with JCAHO standards. This Crosswalk represents a 2007 review of JCAHO 2004 standards.

Hospital-Hospice Partnerships in Palliative Care:
This NHPCO-CAPC report describes nine different case studies of successful hospice-hospital partnerships in a range of health care settings, communities, and other regions of the country. This monograph also contains chapters on the regulatory and legal implications of hospital-hospice partnerships as well as tested methods for delivering palliative care outside of the traditional Medicare Hospice Benefit.

Palliative Care: An Opportunity for Medicare
As a collaborative effort of CAPC and the Institute for Medicare Practice, this highly regarded study explores ways to improve the delivery of palliative care services with achievable regulatory and administrative changes to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services policies.