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September 2011 eNews

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PCLC Hits New High: 1,000 Teams Trained!

Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ (PCLC) has officially trained over 1,000 teams! Palliative care teams in US hospitals have more than doubled in the last 10 years. PCLCs have worked diligently to help that number grow. Eighty percent of PCLC-trained programs are up and running within two years. PCLC training ensures sustainability and growth for established programs.
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The Joint Commission Launches Advanced Certification for Palliative Care

The Joint Commission (TJC) accredited hospitals now have the option of seeking Advanced Certification for Palliative Care. Access CAPC tools and resources useful for meeting certification standards. Also, this year, The Joint Commission will be on-site at the CAPC National Seminar to answer your questions about the new Advanced Certification for Palliative Care.

Commission on Cancer Releases New Standards

The Commission on Cancer released the newly revised manual, Cancer Program Standards 2012: Ensuring Patient-Centered Care. The manual includes robust palliative care standards. This represents an important step towards the recognition that all cancer patients and families have equal access to palliative care throughout the continuum of care.

Apply for Palliative Care Research Grants through the National Palliative Care Research Center

Deadlines to apply for the Pilot and Exploratory Project Support Grant and the Junior Faculty Career Development Award are approaching. Letters of Intent are due November 1, 2011.

World Health Organization Releases New Palliative Care Booklet

The new WHO booklet, Palliative Care for Older People: Better Practices, provides examples to help those involved in planning and supporting care-oriented services appropriately and effectively.

Palliative Care in Hospitals Continues Rapid Growth for 10th Straight Year, According to Latest Analysis

Palliative care in U.S. hospitals has increased for the tenth consecutive year, according to a new analysis released by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC). The number of hospitals with a palliative care team increased from 658 (24.5%) to 1,568 (63.0%)—a steady 138.3% increase from 2000-2009. Learn more.

Stay Tuned: CAPC Will Release New State-by-State Report Card

On October 5th, CAPC will release America's Care for Serious Illness: A State-by-State Report Card on Access to Palliative Care. The report will be an update to the 2008 Report Card. Find out how your state rates.

Palliative Care Featured in US News & World Report

The newly released print edition of the 2012 US News & World Report Best Hospitals issue includes a feature story on the benefits of palliative care: "Another Way of Healing" by Michelle Andrews. Readers may also be interested in: Journal of Clinical Oncology, July 2011, Palliative Care and Quality of Life, by Diane E. Meier, MD, and Otis W. Brawley, MD.

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2012 ELNEC Courses Announced

The 2012 dates for the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), courses are now available. The courses include: ELNEC-Core, ELNEC-Pediatric Palliative Care, ELNEC-Geriatric, and ELNEC-Critical Care. Learn more.

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CAPC Tools, Training & Technical Assistance

Upcoming Audio Conferences

The Family Meeting: A Fundamental Palliative Care Intervention
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
1:30 PM—2:30 PM Eastern

Palliative Care in the Emergency Department
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
1:30 PM—:30 PM Eastern

Join the 2011 National Palliative Care Registry™

Annually, when you register your program, you'll be able to:

  • Track your program's structures and processes of care, year after year.
  • Generate reports – now available for programs that completed registration in 2009.
  • Receive a premium listing in the Provider Directory.
  • Be included in prevalence studies.
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Get Answers to Your Questions on the CAPC Forum

Get answers from leading palliative care experts. Access CAPCconnect™ to post your questions or ideas. The CAPC online discussion forum is a free resource for health care professionals who want to share information, exchange ideas, and get advice from their colleagues on operational issues affecting their palliative care programs.

Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ 2011 Training Dates

Plan ahead for 2011! Palliative Care Leadership Centers™ (PCLC) provides intensive, customized operational training and yearlong mentoring for both start-up and established programs. You can choose the training date and location that's right for you. Sessions fill quickly. Please register early. View the online calendar for training dates.

Convenient Online Courses

CAPC Campus Online™ offers a variety of CME/CE courses that will make a difference to your professional development. Join the hundreds that have enrolled. Courses include: Marketing for Palliative Care Programs; Hospital Cost Avoidance; Billing and Coding; Courses are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Enroll now. Only $35 per course, per student. Learn more and enroll

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Palliative Care in the News

Articles of Interest