2014 Healthcare Benchmarks: Palliative Care

2014 Healthcare Benchmarks: Palliative Care

While the availability of palliative care helped to curb healthcare utilization costs for 70 percent of respondents and improve patient satisfaction levels for 88 percent of respondents, according to 2014 market data from the Healthcare Intelligence Network, 52 percent reported that timely referrals to palliative care pose a serious challenge.

A September 2014 Institute of Medicine consensus report, "Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life," found that palliative care is associated with a higher quality of life, including better understanding and communication, access to home care, emotional and spiritual support, well-being and dignity, care at time of death, and lighter symptom burden­in short, enhancing the patient experience.

2014 Healthcare Benchmarks: Palliative Care2014 Healthcare Benchmarks: Palliative Care documents emerging trends in palliative care at more than 200 healthcare organizations, from the timing for initial palliative care consults to individuals on the palliative care team to the impact this specialized care is having on healthcare utilization and the patient experience — two critical markers of healthcare performance.

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This all-new research report is supported with dozens of graphs and tables and describes emerging trends in palliative care, including the members of the palliative care team and the venues where palliative care is administered.

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This report provides a high-level look at overall responses and also drills down to sector-specific views from hospitals/health systems and health plans in the following areas:

  • Availability of current and planned palliative care programs;
  • Top tools for identifying candidates for palliative care;
  • Risk stratification tools to determine palliative care eligibility;
  • Key characteristics of the palliative care population;
  • Prevalence of palliative care program components — metrics on pain and symptom management, spiritual counseling, caregiver education, and more;
  • Successful palliative care tools, workflows and strategies — all in respondents' own words;
  • Challenges of palliative care;
  • Impact of palliative care on the key metrics of reimbursement, hospital and ER utilization, patient and caregiver satisfaction, medication adherence, and other data points.
  • ROI from palliative care;

and much more.

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