Taking Hospice Skills Upstream: New Ways Hospices Can Partner with Health Systems and ACOs

Wednesday, April 20, 2016: 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
National Harbor 13 (Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center) - 3rd Level
Robin Stawasz, LMSW, CareFirst, Corning, NY, Randall Wagner, MD, Washington Adventist Hospital, Takoma Park, MD and Sue Lyn Schramm, MA, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Alexandria, VA
Healthcare payment reform is creating a new set of challenges and opportunities for hospitals and health systems. Hospital reimbursement is more at risk than ever before, placing greater emphasis on the ability to manage patient care and patient costs. Hospice has decades of experience in holistic care management for frail community-based patients. This presentation discusses models for hospice and palliative provider participation in the healthcare continuum and help the hospice administrator evaluate what opportunities may exist to become an active partner with hospitals, ACOs and other at-risk organizations in your market.

Learning Objectives:
1. List transferrable skills that hospice providers can use to develop business partnerships with health systems and ACOs
2. Understand the financial incentives of hospitals and Accountable Care Organizations receiving risk-based payments
3. Know the principal business questions that must be answered to develop a sustainable business plan for a palliative or "upstream" care program

CE/CME: Nurse, Physician and Social Worker