Blog Post | April 6, 2018

Specialized Community-Based Palliative Care Extends Reach of Patient-Centered Medical Home, Enhances Physician Practice


Specialized Community-Based Palliative Care

With growing interest in Community-based Palliative Care (CBPC), industry observers and media analysts are turning to Turn-Key Health as a source of information and guidance.

When we received a request from MD Magazine – which reaches 50,000 physicians nationwide – we took the opportunity to provide relevant background on specialized CBPC, its impact on physician practices, and relationship to the patient-centered medical home. Consulting physician for Turn-Key Health, Csaba Méra, MD,  has authored an in-depth article about Community-Based Palliative Care which appeared in MD Magazine.

Csaba Méra, MD Physician Consultant to Turn-Key Health

Csaba Méra, MD Physician Consultant to Turn-Key Health

Innovation and Impact

Physicians are curious: how does a specialized pop health model with a structured approach to palliative care meet the needs of seriously ill patients and their family caregivers?

This article describes several features that demonstrate innovation and impact, including:

  • A proprietary network of highly trained providers to guide care, provide advance care planning, and enhance quality of life for people facing serious illness.
  • A natural extension of the physician-led medical home, CBPC clinicians — primarily nurses and clinical social workers practicing at the top of their licenses – increase the reach and frequency of patient engagement and interaction.
  • A more structured approach to the medical home, streamlining reporting and communications with physicians.
  • An extra layer of support for patients and families, with field-based clinician resources that extend the reach of a high-touch physician practice rather than adding another layer of physicians providing medical care.

Interest Grows in Palliative Care

The topic of palliative care, and now community-based palliative care, is generating interest, with readers.  They are seeking clarity on the role of clinicians – primarily nurses and clinical social workers — in providing this level of care,  The article describes their multiple responsibilities and task including:  addressing psychosocial issues, providing symptom management and medication reconciliation, enhancing care quality and coordination, identifying caregiver needs, supporting the challenges of day-to-day living, guiding advance care planning, and helping to improve quality of life for patients and families.

Advantages for the Medical Home

Community-based palliative care is about providing a more structured approach to the medical home, streamlining reporting and communications with physicians.

The author, Dr. Méra, points out that this level of care provides an extra layer of support for patients and families, with field-based clinician resources that extend the reach of a high-touch physician practice rather than adding another layer of physicians providing medical care.

To read the full article on MD Magazine click here. 

For more information on Csaba Méra, MD can be found here.



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