Tag: palliative care

High and Worsening Symptom Prevalence in the Last Year of Life

by Adam Singer Symptoms such as pain and confusion are very distressing for those nearing the end of life and their families. That’s why increasing attention to end-of-life care is spurring greater interest in alleviating such symptoms as a critical component of quality of life. Yet there is still a long way to go: a

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PEACE: Effective Collaboration Between Medical Services and Social Services

Since 1995,  Ohio-based Summa Health System and its partners have led a collaborative, the SAGE Project (Summa Health System/Area Agency on Aging, 10B/Geriatric Evaluation Project), which has worked to improve care for the state’s most vulnerable elders by integrating the aging network, and its social services, with health and medical care. The project aims to

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Dr. Joanne Lynn on the Role of Palliative Care in Improving Care Transitions

Hospice and palliative care can play a major role in improving care transitions for patients who have serious chronic conditions. Dr. Joanne Lynn explains how the hospice/palliative care model can improve patient care, offering 24/7 support, excellent symptom management, and wraparound services. People will need to realize what they’re up against, and turn to these

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Room to Grow: Palliative Care’s Place in Care Transitions

 by Larry Beresford The Hospital Association of Southern California, which convened a Palliative Care Committee to provide mutual support among its members working on palliative care initiatives, recently changed the committee’s name to the Care Transitions Committee, reflecting the affinities between these two major quality currents within America’s hospitals. But as the cover story in

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Reducing Readmissions from SNF to Hospital: Promising Effort Includes Palliative Care Consults

A three-part protocol, involving standardized assessment, palliative care consultations, and root cause analysis led to a 20% reduction in hospital readmissions for elderly skilled nursing facility residents, according to the AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange. Led by Dr. Randi Berkowitz, a Practice Change Fellow, the initiative focused on reducing the risk of hospital readmissions at

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Care Transitions Activism for Geriatrics and Palliative Care

The national commitment to improving care transitions is a remarkable opportunity for geriatrics and palliative care to make a mark (and even to get paid for doing it right!).  HHS has set a goal of reducing readmissions nationwide by 20% within three years .  The Affordable Care Act (Section 3026) put in place a $500million

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