About the Center to Advance Palliative Care

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality care for people living with a serious illness. As the nation’s leading resource in its field, CAPC provides health care professionals and organizations with the training, tools, and technical assistance necessary to effectively meet this need.

CAPC is funded through organizational membership and the generous support of foundations and private philanthropy. It is part of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in New York City.

Our Mission

The Center to Advance Palliative Care is dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for all people living with a serious illness.

Our Vision

The Center to Advance Palliative Care is an organization with a simple vision:

Palliative care everywhere.

And we carry out our mission and vision in a variety of ways:

  • Improving the knowledge and skills of all clinicians who serve seriously ill patients and their families
  • Supporting health care organizations to reliably deliver high-quality palliative care to patients and families in need across all care settings
  • Helping the public understand—and know to ask for—palliative care when they are diagnosed with a serious illness
  • Educating policymakers about high-value care models for the population living with serious illness
  • Collaborating with health plans, accountable care organizations, large insurance purchasers, and other stakeholders to ensure reliable financing of palliative care services
  • Promoting adherence to national quality standards in the care of patients with serious illness

We do this as a catalyst for change. Serving as a convening, organizing, and disseminating force, we collaborate with leaders, innovators, and partners across the continuum of care to foster connection and cross-fertilization.

Our History

Established in late 1999 as a National Program Office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Center to Advance Palliative Care was created in order to improve the care of people living with serious illness and their families. For two decades, CAPC has led the growth in sustainable, high-quality palliative care programs and the standardization of best practice, the process of which aims to rapidly facilitate the translation of a growing body of evidence to implementation in the real world of clinical practice.

Since 2006, CAPC has been supported by a consortium of foundations and private philanthropy. In 2015, CAPC became a membership organization in order to achieve the scale needed to support the expansion of palliative care across the full spectrum of care delivery.

About CAPC Membership

CAPC provides its member organizations—health systems, hospitals, hospices, home health agencies, long-term care facilities, medical groups, health plans, and other entities—with the tools, training, and technical assistance needed to improve care quality for people living with serious illness and their family caregivers.

All staff at member organizations have access to everything CAPC has to offer, including toolkits, courses—with free continuing education credits and MOC points─ webinars, virtual office hours, and more. CAPC Designation status—a marker of completion of comprehensive training—in communication skills, pain management, symptom management, and best practices in dementia care is available to all clinicians.

CAPC Membership

CAPC membership can help your organization start, grow, or expand access to palliative care AND provide the skills training needed by all clinicians to improve the care of people with serious illness.

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