The Surprise Question That Can
Improve Timeliness of Hospice Referrals

For patients with cancer, palliative care should begin at diagnosis to help them shoulder the disease’s emotional, physical and financial burdens, explains Laura Ostrowsky, director of case management at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). However, for multiple reasons, referrals to hospice frequently happen too late for MSKCC patients to derive full benefit from that service.

In this episode of HealthSounds, Ms. Ostrowsky shares some key questions for integrated case managers to ask providers to improve timeliness of hospice referrals, patient and family satisfaction with hospice service, and awareness of end-of-life care. The strategy is one way MSKCC uses integrated case management to validate its worth in a value-based system: providing the best care in a quality-effective manner.


Length: 3:06 minutes

During Integrated Case Management: A New Approach to Transition Planning, an August 2017 webinar now available for replay, Ms. Ostrowsky outlines MSKCC’s use of a team-based case management model that follows patients as they transition across the health system.

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