The Role of Specialty Palliative Care to Empower Patients
Read first part of Turn-Key Health’s three-part white paper, “Recalibrating Population Health Management to Include Community-Based Palliative Care.”
PHILADELPHIA – September 25, 2017 – Turn-Key Health (TKH), a population health management (PHM) company serving payers and their members with advanced illness, announces that Terri Maxwell, Ph.D., APRN, chief clinical officer, TKH, will present “Advanced Illness Management: Empowering Patients and Their Families,” during the AHIP 2017 National Conference on Medicare, Sept. 26, 2017, 10 a.m.-10:50 a.m., JW Marriott, Washington, District of Columbia.
To help payers better understand end-of-life care challenges, Turn-Key Health is also releasing the first installment of its three-part white paper, “Effectively Addressing the Impact of Advanced Illnesses.” Download part one, “Recalibrating Population Health Management to Include Community-Based Palliative Care.”
“As health plans and provider organizations in the U.S. healthcare ecosystem take on greater accountability for those with serious illnesses throughout the continuum of care, they are beginning to recognize the value of integrating Palliative Illness Management™ (PIM™) within broader Population Health Management (PHM) frameworks,” says Dr. Maxwell. “As a result, payers are identifying patients that are at risk of over-medicalized care and, ultimately, over-medicalized death in the next six months. This empowers a plan to identify seriously ill members in advance of the last six months of life — and introduce specialized community-based palliative care programs.”
She explains that this level of care supports members to remain at home and avoid non-beneficial treatment, rather than experience episodes of acute care at the end-of-life.
“Transitioning from disease or event-specific care management to a patient-centered palliative model better aligns care with personal wishes, reduces economic burdens, improves outcomes and enhances quality of life for members and their family caregivers,” says Dr. Maxwell.
She points out the value of a more personalized, high-touch approach to care that is provided by community-based palliative care teams.
“These nurses and clinical social workers are experts at conducting in-home and telephonic assessments, providing pain and symptom management, medication reconciliation, care coordination, goals of care discussions and advance care planning,” she continues. “These specially trained professionals are available in virtually every community, allowing payers to increase the scope and frequency of touching individual patient lives, match appropriate resources to patient needs, and scale their programs for larger populations. It’s a model that delivers high quality care and improved health at lower total cost.”
About Turn-Key Health
Turn-Key Health, a subsidiary of Enclara Healthcare, is a population health management company serving payers and their members with advanced illnesses. Its Palliative Illness Management™ (PIM™) model introduces a new, innovative option to improve care quality, address costs and reduce burdens associated with life-limiting illnesses.