Measurement and Quality

Strength in Numbers: Leveraging Palliative Care Data

April 30, 2015 | By CAPC Staff

It’s no secret: palliative care program success rests on an ability to demonstrate results. Across the country, teams are developing plans for measuring and monitoring program impact. The benefits of collecting and reporting on data are multifaceted. Here are a few from palliative care experts.

Gaining Institutional Support

Maria Gatto, Director of Trinity Health, says data can help palliative care programs prove their worth to members of the C-suite.

Increasing Referrals

Daniel Hoefer, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Sharp HealthCare’s Palliative Care Program, knows firsthand how data can help increase physician referrals.

Avoiding Unnecessary Cost

Timothy Ihrig, MD, Medical Director of Palliative Care at the Trinity Regional Medical Center within the Unity Point Heath System, details how data can help programs identify patient triggers.

Supporting Anecdotal Evidence

Sarah Friebert, MD, of Akron’s Children’s Hospital, says data can show worth by supporting stories and patient satisfaction surveys.

The National Palliative Care Registry™

The National Palliative Care Registry™—the only repository of information about the operational features of our nation’s hospital-based palliative care services—is open to all hospital-based palliative care programs. Your institution does not have to be a CAPC member to participate. Over the past six years, more than 1,000 programs have participated. Each year, programs entering data receive a Comparative Performance Report that reports their program’s operational data in relation to other programs across the country. The deadline to submit 2014 data is May 29. Click here to get started.

CAPC recently released its 2015 Snapshot which reports on the steady growth of palliative care programs in U.S. hospitals since 2000.