Effects of a Population Health Community-Based Palliative Care Program on Cost and Utilization
Publication: Journal of Palliative Medicine
Article: Effects of a Population Health Community-Based Palliative Care Program on Cost and Utilization
Featuring: Terri Maxwell, PhD, APRN, Chief Clinical Officer, Turn-Key Health
The Institute of Medicine’s 2014 report, Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life, concluded that people nearing the end of life encounter high rates of preventable and burdensome care transitions and hospitalizations.
During their final year, persons with serious illness often undergo unnecessary nonbeneficial treatment despite overriding expert opinion that when patients are terminally ill, at some point, more treatment does not equal better care. Efforts to improve care at the end of life are resulting in some positive trends in health care utilization. Compared with 2000, fewer Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries who […] Continue Reading