This toolkit equips palliative care programs with the knowledge and skills needed to operate successfully under value-based payment for community-based palliative care, including the CMMI Primary Care First Seriously Ill Population Option. These tools can help whether you are seeking a financial partner, figuring out how to price your program, adjusting your operations to achieve break-even under fixed payments, or contracting for palliative care services.

Watch the "How to Use CAPC Payment Accelerator Tools" for an introduction to key resources in this toolkit.

What’s in the Toolkit

Programs contracting for a fixed payment can use these tools to understand their program costs and identify ways of reducing expenses without reducing quality of care.

Financial Analysis and Budgeting Tool for Community-Based Palliative Care
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Customizable workbook for community-based programs to create cost projections and key financial stats. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.

Understanding Costs and Prices: Companion Guide for Financial Analysis and Budgeting Tool
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Qualitative explanation of budgeting and finding opportunities for cost-efficiency. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.

Deep Dive into Understanding Costs

Webinar on projecting expenses for the community palliative care service.

Best practices for building and maintaining effective business relationships, including a template pitch deck that can be adapted for meetings with potential payment partners.

Payment Quick Tips: Payment Partnerships
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Introduction to building partnerships that can financially support palliative care programs. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.

Payment Quick Tips: Understanding Medicare, Medicaid, and Commercial Insurance
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US health insurance and what it means for palliative care. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.

Payment Quick Tips: Value-Based Payment Capabilities
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Monograph outlining the leadership and operational competencies that palliative care teams need to succeed under value-based payment. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.

Potential Payer Partnerships
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Overview of the range of potential financial partners for community palliative care.

Payment Arrangements Options
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Overview of the payment arrangements that currently exist for palliative care services.

Opportunity Assessment Worksheet
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Define strengths and opportunities as you seek financial partners. Updated, November 2019.

Home-Based Palliative Care ROI Calculator
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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.

Partnership Introductory Meeting or Pitch Deck
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A template presentation to introduce your services, their benefits, and your "ask" for support. Use within your organization or when partnering with health plans or ACOs. CAPC Payment Accelerator, 2018.

Advice from 2017 Accelerator Alumni
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Lessons from Accelerator alumni on building financial relationships with health plans.

Lessons Learned from Payer-Provider Partnerships for Community-Based Palliative Care

8 lessons from among California Medicaid plans and community-based providers. California Health Care Foundation, 2018.

Simple Rules for Making Alliances Work

Harvard Business Review on developing and nurturing business relationships.

Deep Dive into Understanding Costs

Webinar on projecting expenses for the community palliative care service.

Tools to select appropriate quality measures for your program and to understand realistic targets for utilization and spending.

Quality Measures Used by Health Plan and Health System Partners to Evaluate Palliative Care Programs
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Quality measures valued by health plans and health systems.

Recommended Program Measures and CAPC Measurement Toolkit
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Recommended measures for inpatient and community palliative care programs, and using data to demonstrate value and perform continuous quality improvement.

Utilization and Spending Benchmarks for Medicare Populations
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Per capita utilization and spending for specific populations in Medicare. CAPC Payment Accelerator, 2017.

Guidance on identifying, risk-stratifying, and engaging high-risk patients with serious illness.

Population Stratification Considerations
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Guidance on dosing interventions based on patient risk.

Communicating with Treating Clinicians about the Implications of Frailty
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Identifying patients with frailty who are at high risk for health care utilization and adverse outcomes.

Health IT Functionality and Reporting Checklist
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List of HIT capabilities needed by palliative care programs for population management and data monitoring.

Patient Identification and Engagement Guide
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Guidance on finding and enrolling patients, and working with treating providers. Updated, November 2019.

Staffing Models Inventory for Home-Based Palliative Care Programs
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Staffing models used by home-based programs. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2018.

CAPC strongly recommends that programs work with legal and financial professionals in developing payment contracts. Share these tools with your legal team to get a head start on safe contracting.

Template MOU
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The "Memorandum of Understanding" or MOU is a brief document that outlines mutual responsibilities. Follow this outline to draft an MOU (must be reviewed by legal counsel).

Contract Protections for Downside Risk
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Understanding contract protections for downside risk, such as exclusion of outliers and stop-loss provisions.

Key Contract Provisions for Payment Contracts
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Key contract clauses including term, termination, quality reporting parameters, and risk corridors.

Regulatory and Licensure Considerations
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Legal obstacles impeding access to palliative care.

Tips for Hiring Lawyers and Actuaries-Financial Advisors
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Key roles when developing financial partnerships, including how to find and select these consultants.