Downloadable Tools for Making the Case

Last Reviewed: March 4, 2019

The evidence is clear: palliative care improves quality of life for patients—and quality outcomes for health care organizations—resulting in consistent reductions in the costs of care.

Designed to help make the case with organization leaders, health plans, colleagues, and community partners, the materials in this toolkit can be used to make the case for palliative care investment in your setting.

What’s in the Toolkit

Market-tested definition of palliative care and quality guidelines for a palliative care program in any care setting.

About Palliative Care

Last Updated: November 5, 2019

Definition of palliative care and how it improves quality of life for patients living with a serious illness, and their families.


National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition

Last Updated: January 29, 2019

The National Consensus Project (NCP) Clinical Practice Guidelines are the national standard for high quality palliative care. National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care, 2018.


One-pagers, brochures, and case studies on the quality and cost impact of palliative care.

Palliative Care Ensures Value

Last Updated: February 3, 2019

One-page infographic to introduce your organization leaders, referrers, and health plans to the quality, satisfaction, and utilization improvements resulting from palliative care.


The Case for Hospital Palliative Care

Last Updated: February 25, 2019

Key messages for health system leaders, applicable across settings. Center to Advance Palliative Care, revised 2018.


Serious Illness Strategies

Last Updated: February 3, 2019

The case for health plans and accountable care organizations to advance access to quality palliative care, and practical guidance for implementation. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2017.


Case Study: ProHealth

Last Updated: February 3, 2019

ProHealth, a multi-specialty physician practice ACO, uses home palliative care for high-need patients.


Case Study: Sharp Healthcare

Last Updated: February 3, 2019

Sharp Healthcare, an integrated network of hospitals and clinicians, incorporates a home palliative care intervention to meet the needs of complex patients.

Pitch decks, national data, and effective presentation strategies.


Demonstrating Palliative Care Value

Last Updated: February 24, 2019

An introduction to what different stakeholders care about, and how palliative care can help them achieve their goals. Excerpted from the CAPC Payment Primer, Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2017.

The Value of Palliative Care: Powerpoint Presentation

Last Updated: July 8, 2019

Customizable template for making the case for reliable availability of palliative care. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.


How to Show Your Administrators that Your Palliative Care Program Improves Value

Last Updated: August 11, 2019


Partnership Introductory Meeting or Pitch Deck

Last Updated: August 14, 2019

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.

Pediatric Palliative Care: Making the Case

Last Updated: February 19, 2019

Slide presentation on the value of pediatric palliative care includes action steps to support pediatric palliative care integration with disease treatment across the continuum.


National Palliative Care Registry™

Last Updated: February 27, 2019

A publicly available national database of palliative care programs and operational metrics, free of charge to all palliative care programs. Submit program data to receive reporting and to track program growth and capacity over time. Compare your program to peers to help make the case for adequate staffing and program quality.


Hospital Impact Calculator

Last Updated: March 1, 2019

The Palliative Care Hospital Impact Calculator is designed to help you project overall cost savings for your inpatient palliative care consult service.


8 Ways to Keep Your Palliative Care Program Off the Chopping Block

Last Updated: May 1, 2019

Tips for how to get your palliative care program off the chopping block when your organization is thinking conservatively and looking to cut costs.


Key studies on the impact of palliative care, synthesized for ease of use in presentations and reports to stakeholders.

Latest Trends and Insights in Hospital Palliative Care 2019

Last Updated: November 18, 2019

A comprehensive profile of hospital palliative care programs participating in the National Palliative Care Registry™. The goal of this report is to provide actionable information to promote standardization and improve the quality of hospital palliative care.


Research in the Field

Last Updated: February 3, 2019

Synthesis of key palliative care research.


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