Palliative Care and Hospice Care Across the Continuum
Palliative care across the continuum addresses aspects of hospice-hospital partnerships and long term care.
- Payer-Provider Partnership
- Hospice-Hospital Partnership
- Palliative Care in the ICU
- Pediatric Palliative Care
- Accountable Care Organizations
- Long-Term Care
- Community-Based Palliative Care
- Pandemic Flu Resources for Palliative Care Providers
The increasingly wide recognition of the need to improve quality of care for those facing serious illness has led to the implementation of palliative care as a leading strategy.
In order to improve access to this high-value care, payers, providers and communities are working together to find new ways to deliver and finance palliative care. Learn more
Collaboration between hospice and hospital programs is more than possible. It is an excellent opportunity for innovation and improving the care of seriously ill, hospitalized patients and their families.
Read about the opportunities and challenges in and tools for hospice-hospital partnership in palliative care development.
Palliative Care in the ICU
The ICU provides sophisticated, state-of-the-art care to seriously ill patients. Palliative care programs excel at integrating vigorous pain and symptom management. This is true whether life-prolonging or curative treatment is being provided or is being withheld or withdrawn.
Palliative care programs also ease case management burdens on primary physicians and staff. They provide assistance with care coordination and time-intensive patient-family communication.
The following materials are suggested as a starting point for those who are exploring opportunities to provide palliative care services in the ICU.
Learn more about palliative care in the ICU.
Pediatric Palliative Care
Great strides have been made in improving care for adults with serious, advanced illness. Unfortunately, there is growing empirical evidence that the health care system has failed to meet the specialized needs of children with life threatening conditions.
However, pediatric palliative care programs and organizations exist. The materials on the linked page below are suggested as a starting point for those who are exploring opportunities to provide palliative care services to children in the hospital setting.
Learn more about pediatric palliative care.
Accountable Care Organizations
Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are groups of local health care providers and hospitals who volunteer to work together to provide patients with coordinated care. They aim to minimize costs for patients, especially those facing serious illnesses, by offering them efficient and timely care and avoiding unnecessary duplication of services in the process. In addition, ACOs create an incentive to be more efficient by offering bonuses to providers who keep costs down. Read More
To meet the needs of seriously ill and frail adults, the nursing home of the future must deliver high-quality and compassionate care to its patients. At the same time, it must remain fiscally viable.
Palliative care is essential to achieving excellent and cost-effective care for adults with complex, advanced illness.
Explore palliative care services in the long-term care setting.
Community-Based Palliative Care
Learn more about community-based palliative care.
Pandemic Flu Resources for Palliative Care Providers
Learn more about Pandemic Flu Resources.