PCLC at University of Virginia Health System (UVA)

  1. Location
    Charlottesville, VA
  2. Leader
  3. Faculty
    • Joshua Barclay
      MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Medicine
    • Paula Capobianco
      LCSW, MS, Social Worker
    • Jody Reyes
      MSBA, BSN, OCN, Administrator, Cancer Services

University of Virginia Health System (UVA) At-A-Glance

University of Virginia Health System is an academic institution with a 650-bed acute care hospital, a transitional care hospital, a skilled nursing facility, and an inpatient acute hospice care facility, as well as schools of medicine and nursing, residency programs and fellowships, a home health agency, and partnerships with local hospices. We have an office-based palliative care clinic associated with inpatient consultation service, as well as home and inpatient hospices. We have been integrated into the cancer center since 2001 and the heart failure team since 2015, and we see patients with all other diagnoses as well. We use patient-reported outcomes data integrated into the EPIC EMR to track symptoms and functional status, trigger interventions, measure response to treatment, and to identify patients in need of palliative care. Working closely with primary providers, we offer patients seamless care coordination between inpatient, outpatient and hospice settings. 

Key benefits of training with UVA include:

  • Access to a thriving outpatient team with excellent integration across inpatient and home hospice settings
  • Observation of our Supportive Care Tumor board: a multidisciplinary meeting held weekly to discuss patients with declining functional status, worsening symptoms, recent admissions, and those approaching end of life
  • Ideas for how to ensure good communication and care coordination across care settings
  • Information regarding staffing and infrastructure needed for office-based palliative care
  • Guidance for using the EPIC EMR to devise and implement clinical triggers, track symptoms and functional status, measure quality indicators, and leverage as a database for research or QI projects
  • Information regarding the successful alignment of palliative care with hospital-wide quality metrics
  • Success at attaining strong physician buy-in, resulting in high volume of referrals   

Questions?

For specific questions about UVA, including the availability of specific training dates, contact Christina Hamill at CFM9C@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu or 434-924-1590.

For general PCLC questions, please contact Brittany Chambers at brittany.chambers@mssm.edu or call 212-824-9573.

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Leslie J. Blackhall
MD, MTS, Associate Professor of Medicine

Leslie J. Blackhall, MD, MTS, is an associate professor of medicine and section head for palliative medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She was a program leader for a 2012 CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) Innovation Award, which integrates patient-reported outcomes into the electronic medical record in the outpatient setting as a guide to improving the quality of life, care coordination, and end-of-life care planning for patients with incurable malignancies. This program has been extended since then, through extensive intramural funding, to include patients with advanced heart failure. Dr. Blackhall won the 2015 American Cancer Society Lane Adams Quality of Life Award for her work with cancer patients.

PCLC Home & Office/Clinic

PCLC HOME & OFFICE/CLINIC is for the hospice, home health agency, hospital, or other provider organization wishing to launch strategically-designed palliative care services for patients in clinics, at home, or in long term care. Training and mentoring include:

  • Defining the scope of the program in terms of geography and patient population
  • Designing services to meet the needs of your target population
  • Developing partnerships with referrers and other community services
  • Building financial stability through strong business planning
PCLC Hospital

PCLC HOSPITAL teaches you how to design a new inpatient palliative care service—or navigate growth challenges for an existing one. Training addresses the unique program design considerations of your hospital team, including:

  • Making the case for palliative care within your hospital ecosystem
  • Financing strategies for launching or growing a service
  • Program measurement that ensures quality while aligning with hospital priorities
  • Collaboration across service lines