Community-based palliative care brings services to seriously ill patients outside the hospital setting. Policy shifts could encourage the spread of such models.
Next Generation of Palliative Care: Community Models Offer Services Outside the Hospital (1.08 MB)
Acute care hospitals have been establishing palliative programs at a rapid pace; the United States now has more than 1,600 of these team-based programs that focus on relieving symptoms and improving quality of life for patients with serious illness. But when patients leave the hospital setting, the lack of community-based palliative care (CBPC) becomes a problem. This report looks at emerging palliative care models that aim to fill the gaps, including:
This report finds that organizations and providers interested in creating or enhancing community-based palliative care programs will need to develop local information about needs and goals for their program, what it will do, who it will serve, how it will function, and how it will be financed. A number of policy shifts could encourage the spread of such models. The clearest need is to adjust reimbursement mechanisms and develop financial incentives to support care coordination and palliative services in any setting.
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