Turn-Key Health, an Enclara Healthcare company, serves health plans, provider organizations and their members who are experiencing a serious or advanced illness. Its Palliative Illness Management™ (PIM™) model offers an innovative solution to improve care quality, address costs and reduce burdens associated with serious illness.
Turn-Key Health Demonstrates Evidence of Practice with National Consensus Project’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th Edition
PHILADELPHIA – December 12, 2018 – Turn-Key Health (TKH), an Enclara Healthcare company, announces its home-based palliative care solution demonstrates evidence of practice with the recently released National Consensus Project’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition. The guidelines create a blueprint for excellence by establishing a comprehensive foundation for gold-standard palliative care delivery to all people living with a serious or advanced illness, regardless of their diagnosis, prognosis, age or setting.
Kathy Brandt, MS, writer and editor of the NCP Guidelines, and principal and founder, the kb group, says, “It is gratifying to see an organization of this stature step up early to ensure that their model aligns with the guidelines, serving as an example of industry leadership. I’ve reviewed Turn-Key’s key clinical documents and am impressed by the harmony between the new edition of the NCP Guidelines and Turn-Key’s approach to care. By engaging my organization to perform this review, Turn-Key continues its role as a pioneer, raising the bar for the palliative care community and bringing greater awareness to the advances of community-based care that are occurring nationwide.”
The guidelines in this fourth edition focus on ensuring access to palliative care for all seriously ill people in all care settings. The new guidelines expand upon eight domains of palliative care and include clinical and organizational strategies, screening and assessment elements, practice examples, tools and resources.
Terri Maxwell, Ph.D., APRN, chief clinical officer, Turn-Key Health, explains, “These guidelines represent the highest standards in palliative care, emphasizing a whole-person approach for patients and families, as well as care that addresses physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs. The expanded NCP guidelines not only speak to all stakeholders, but also reinforce the need for innovative community-based models of care to address the needs of those with an advanced or serious illness.”
The newly revised guidelines promote the importance of a comprehensive assessment across all domains — physical, psychological, social, and spiritual. Another key aspect of the guidelines is the emphasis on care coordination, especially as the patient transitions across care settings. The value of partnerships is highlighted as an essential strategy in meeting the needs of patients living in home and community-based care settings.
Maxwell continues, “Turn-Key Health designed its standardized clinical model and home-based assessments on the previous NCP guidelines. The evaluation by the kb group revealed additional opportunities for improvement that will be incorporated in our model components, helping to ensure optimal clinical and financial outcomes for patients, family members and payers.”
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