Study demonstrating that embedding a palliative care consultation service in the emergency department is viable and yields significant ROI.

Emergency department (ED)-initiated palliative care consultation facilitates goal-concordant care while stewarding resource utilization. Delivery models are being piloted without clear operational and financial sustainability. Authors of this study in the Journal of Palliative Medicine embedded a palliative care consultation service at a 350-bed urban community hospital with 45,000 annual ED visits. They found that it was clinically meaningful, operationally viable, and delivered a 6.7x ROI.

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