Resources for Health Plans
Access to palliative care services results in improvement on quality measures, reduction in spending, and relief of suffering for members and their families. In addition to the general guidance and case studies available in CAPC’s Population Management and Palliative Care toolkit, health plans can use the resources below to develop new programs and benefits for members with serious illness while simultaneously driving improvements throughout their provider network.
What’s in the Toolkit
Specialty Palliative Care Services and Benefits
Guidance and tools to ensure access to specialty palliative care services for members living with serious illness.
Specific services and approaches that Medicare Advantage plans should implement to ensure high-value care for enrollees with serious illness.
Modifying existing benefits and adding new benefits.
Overview of the payment arrangements that currently exist for palliative care services.
This second iteration of CAPC’s ROI Calculator provides a streamlined tool for modeling return on investment based on home-based palliative care program assumptions.
Presentation to Society of Actuaries on calculations for case rate payment.
Examples of benefits currently in use, focusing on interventions of less than three months.
Tools for employers and other stakeholders to specify required benefits and network competencies. Catalyst for Payment Reform and Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2018.
A summary of guidance from health plans on identifying palliative care services and ensuring those services are not subject to deductibles and co-pays.
A resource providing a sample provider-sponsored health plan's ACP payment policy.
This document provides a sample provider-sponsored health plan's palliative care payment policy.
A summary of pros and cons to home-based palliative care formal benefits, and a suggested pathway to start with a pilot
Provider Network Strategies
Resources for identifying in-network or regional palliative care specialists, and for improving the communication and symptom management skills of all network providers.
A blog describing two straight-forward and effective programs, one at Anthem Inc and one Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, incentivizing access to palliative care in network hospitals.
Measures that can be used by payers and policymakers to ensure quality care for people living with serious illness.
How to engage clinicians in communication and symptom management skills training initiatives using CAPC's online courses.
Example of performance guarantees that can be used to ensure impact of network training strategies.
Identification and Case Management Strategies
Tools and protocols for proactively identifying rising-risk members with serious illness, and improving case management interventions to ensure the right services at the right time for members living with serious illness.
Toolkit for finding the right patients at the right time to address gaps in care.
Why proactive identification is important, how to build an algorithm, recommended first steps, and practical tips.
Best practices in case manager hiring and training, key processes and assessments, and practical guidance for getting started.
Screening questions and burden assessments for case management of people with serious illness.
This toolkit provides online courses and resources for care managers to meet the needs of patients with serious illness.
Good, better, and best practices for case management and utilization management.